Former Indian batting great Rahul Dravid has come in support of under-fire cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. Both Rahul and Pandya had been heavily criticised for their demeaning and misogynist comments for women during talk show Koffee With Karan hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar.

A massive uproar on social media regarding their remarks saw the duo getting dropped from the Indian team from Australia and New Zealand tour with immediate effect. However, in a new development, CoA has now lifted the suspension from Pandya and Rahul pending an inquiry.

Hardik Pandya has been recalled to Team India in New Zealand and Rahul has been drafted in the India A team for their series against England Lions.

Talking about the duo, Rahul Dravid, who is considered as nicest men in the cricket world, said, “Sometimes we forget that mistakes have happened in the past.”

“They will happen in the future. If you were to read the papers or if I were to hear comments it comes across as if it is only happening now. I can understand some of the anger, I can understand some of the reactions, but one has to understand mistakes will happen”, Dravid was quoted as saying in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.

Asked if the duo continued to be role models and would learn from the ongoing row, the former Indian skipper said their remarks on the chat show did not reflect their true selves.

“Absolutely. I have no doubt about it. I have coached both of them at various levels. I somehow just don’t feel that interview truly reflected the players. Hopefully they will come back better and stronger from this.”

“I will say honestly, I do believe that both of them have not yet achieved their obvious potential that they both have, and maybe this might be the catalyst that would lead them to reflect and help them reach the level and potential they can achieve in all forms of the game. If they can do that they can certainly be role models,” Dravid added.