After much outrage on the internet -on the ‘sexist’ remarks made by H. Pandya and KL Rahul, controversies followed. H. Pandya came forward to apologise on the matter to say, “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.” Followed by this, Pandya and Rahul were given a 24 hours time to explain the remarks they made on the talk show; following which COA chief claimed that he was not satisfied with their explanations, and demanded a 2-ODI band for them. And now, the team caption -Virat Kohli has broken his silence on the concern.
Virat, while speaking to media, claimed that the statements, players made on Karan’s show, are clearly unacceptable. “From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support. We definitely as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated (to the two players), he said.
“I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don’t align with those views and those are purely individual views. The two concerned players (have) felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what’s happened,” he continued further. “Definitely it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right. We are still waiting for a decision to be made. Whatever has happened is unfortunate but there are certain things that are out of your control.”
“You just need to sit back and wait and watch them unfold. From the combination and team balance point of view, yes when something like that happens you will have to think of what is the combination you need to go in with now,” Kohli added. “But from the Indian cricket team point of view, this changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room. It does nothing to the spirit that we’ve been able to create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and something which as I said is inappropriate.”