Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh on Friday slammed the under-fire players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for ‘jeopardising the reputation of cricketers.’
Reacting to the ongoing controversy surrounding KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh said both the players have put the reputations of cricketers at stake.
“We don’t talk about all this even with our friends and they were talking on public television. Now people might think was Harbhajan Singh like this, was Anil Kumble like this and was Sachin Tendulkar…” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.
Both KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on late Friday night with immediate effect for their alleged sexist comments on women on the talk show Koffee with Karan hosted by Bollywood director and producer Karan Johar.
On the show, when Karan Johar asked them if they had “done it in teammates’ rooms,” both Pandya and Rahul responded in affirmative.
“Pandya has been in the team for how long to talk of the team culture in the manner he did,” Harbhajan Singh asked.
And when the off-spinner, who has over 400 Test wickets, was asked about their suspension, he said, “I think this is the way to go.”
“The BCCI did the right thing, and this is also the way forward. This was expected and I am not surprised,” Harbhajan Singh said further.
Both Rahul and Pandya have been ruled out from the ongoing three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Australia.