Indian Team Does Not Support Pandya And Rahul’s Comments, Says Virat Kohli

Tanuja Saikhom | 2 months ago

Breaking his silence on the ongoing controversy involving Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, India skipper Virat Kohli on Friday said their controversial comments made on a TV chat show are not acceptable. 

Terming the comments as “inappropriate”, India skipper said they reflected poorly on the team spirit.

"We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers do not support such views," Kohli said at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

He also mentioned the duo’s remarks were their personal opinions and not the view of Indian cricket team members.

Cricketers Pandya and Rahul were in the soup after they allegedly made sexist comments in a talk show “Koffee With Karan” hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.

BCCI CoA chief Vinod Rai on Thursday suggested a two-match ban for the cricketers following a mass outrage over their comments.

Kohli said the team has been waiting for a decision to be made but assured that the incident didn’t change the norms in terms of their belief in the dressing room.

The 30-year-old captain also conceded that India will have to revise the team combination to provide a balance in case the two players are unavailable for the upcoming ODI matches.

After the CoA issued a show cause notice to the duo on Wednesday, Pandya had apologized for his remarks, saying he got carried away by the nature of the show. However, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry said the apology was insincere and suggested for a sensitization process with the entire team.