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Virat Kohli Reacts On Row Over Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul's TV Show Comments

NDTV logo NDTV 11-01-2019 Tanya Rudra
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Team India skipper Virat Kohli broke his silence on the ongoing controversy involving Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who made sexist comments on a TV talk show. Reacting to the comments made by the duo, Kohli said that cricketers don't align with that views and those were the opinions of the players. "We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions. We are still waiting for a decision to be made," Kohli said at the press conference ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney on Friday.

"From the Indian cricket team's point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create. Combinations will have to be thought of once the decision comes out," Kohli added.

Hardik Pandya's sexist comments sparked social media outrage and prompted the player to apologise.

Pandya said he "got a bit carried away" as he explained his bragging about his prowess with women on the show that aired Sunday.

Pandya and KL Rahul, who also took part in the interview, have both been ordered to explain their comments. Both are currently on India's tour of Australia.

"We have sent show cause notices to Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul for their comments," Board of Control for Cricket in India administrator Vinod Rai was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency.

"They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation."

The announcement came only a few hours after the 25-year-old Pandya posted his apology on social media.

"After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way," Pandya said on Twitter.

"Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments. Respect," he added.

The show hosted by Bollywood producer and director Karan Johar encourages guests to open up on personal matters.

Pandya, who was in the squad that beat Australia for the first time in an away Test series, boasted about his success with multiple women.

"You are just watching and observing how they move as I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they (women) move first," he said.

Pandya also said he had bragged to his parents after losing his virginity.

He was quickly slammed for his views on women.

"#KoffeeWithCricketers was just the worst episode. What's up with all the #misogyny. Tired of this boys will be boys attitude," Ekta Chauhan, a Twitter user, wrote.

"To say the least #HardikPandya is horrendous a misogynist," added another user who called for Indian cricket authorities to take action against the "obnoxious" comments.

Pandya is still expected to play in three one-day internationals against Australia starting Saturday in Sydney.

Pandya and Rahul also caused a social media stir for comments on the same show when they said current India skipper Virat Kohli was a better batsman than the country's cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.

(With AFP Inputs)

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