Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Friday finally reacted to the ongoing controversy involving all-rounder Hardik Pandya and upper order batsman KL Rahul. Hardik Pandya has come under fire for his sexist remark on a TV talk show hosted by Karan Johar.
Responding to the statement made by Pandya during the chat show, Virat Kohli said that other cricketers don’t align with his views and those were the opinion of the player.
“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.”
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019
“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,” Virat Kohli was quoted as saying at the press conference ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney.
The stylish 30-year-old batsman also said that the duo “have understood the magnitude of what’s happened”.
“Definitely it has to hit hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right,” Kohli added.
Pandya’s sexist remark had sparked social media outrage and the Mumbai batsman also took to Twitter to apologise for his comments made during the show.
“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. 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,” Pandya wrote.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul has not reacted to the controversy yet. Both Pandya and KL Rahul are currently on India’s tour of Australia.