Kohli says Pandya's 'sexist' comments not reflective of team

Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has quickly apologised for controversial comments made on a TV chat show

GETTY IMAGESIndian cricketer Hardik Pandya has quickly apologised for controversial comments made on a TV chat show

The cricketer said "And I actually had to tell them".

Recently, The show Koffee with Karan featured Team India stars KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya in which the young Indian lads talked on many topics ranging from how they spend their time off-field, romanticizing women and their personal life.

Pandya has apologised for his remarks, saying he got "carried away by the nature" of the show. The incident has subsequently thrown their selection for the upcoming one-day global (ODI) series against Australia into question with the Indian cricketing body, the BCCI, yet to decide on the two-match ban recommended by Vinod Rai, the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that oversees such matters.

"He concentrates on the controllables, doesn't worry about the rest, doesn't let a lot faze him, understands there's a lot of up and downs in cricket and I think he's experienced that throughout his career and the way he plays and the way he goes about it" said the Australian left-hander. The other CoA member, Diana Edulji, meanwhile, has recommended that the two players be put under suspension till a further course of action is decided.

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In the pre-match media interaction, India captain Virat Kohli condemned the comments made by Pandya and Rahul, calling them "inappropriate".

Apart from the two cricketers' misogynist comments affecting them individually, it has also affected the Indian team's balance a day before the first ODI. The 25-year-old all-rounder provoked a backlash after the comments he made on the celebrity chat show hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar, in which he appeared with India teammate KL Rahul.

Hardik is presently in Australia along with the Indian cricket team where they have won a historic Test series against Australia. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

Not apology, support or activism, what we expect and need are proactive steps towards an equal and respectable society that condones such behaviour.

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