The Indian skipper Virat Kohli has expressed his views on the Pandya-Rahul controversy. The duo had recently appeared on the talk show Koffee with Karan. They made inappropriate remarks about women that didn’t go down well with the audience. Kohli mentioned that the team doesn’t support such views.
He was critical of the comments made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. As per the captain, the duo has realized their mistake and certainly understand the impact of it. It is also learned that Hotstar has taken down the controversial episode after the rage that it received.
Here’s what Kohli said on the Pandya-Rahul controversy
“We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team, do not support views like that and that has been communicated. I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don’t align with those views and those are purely individual views,” said Kohli ahead of the first ODI at SCG.
“From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support and the two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what’s happened. Definitely, it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right,” added the 30-year-old.
The cricketer duo might face suspension
The CoA has suggested that the cricketer duo should be banned for a couple of matches. The decision is yet to come out as the first ODI against Australia is set to take place on Saturday. Rahul is not a prominent feature in the ODI line-up but Hardik is almost a certainty. But if he misses out due to suspension, the Indian team will have to bring in a replacement. Kohli mentioned that the team is still waiting for a decision and will take a call on the combination after that.
“We are still waiting for a decision to be made but from the Indian cricket team point of view, this changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room. It does nothing to the spirit that we’ve been able to create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and something as I said which is inappropriate.
“From the combination and team balance point of view, yes, you’ll have to think about the combination you’ll need now. You don’t have control over these things so you have to address it the way it unfolds. That’s how we are looking at it, the combinations will have to be looked at when the decision comes out and from there on we’ll see what needs to be done about the whole situation,” Kohli added.