Kohli says Pandya's 'sexist' comments not reflective of team

Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has quickly apologised for controversial comments made on a TV chat show

After Hardik Pandya came under fire from the Board of Control for Cricket in India or the BCCI for his sexist remarks on talk show Koffee With Karan, the Internet pulled out an old video of actor Ranveer Singh, now among the top crop of actors, passing sexist remarks on the same show several years ago.

Both players were ordered to explain themselves by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and face suspension with the furore overshadowing the team's upcoming one-day series against Australia, starting in Sydney on Saturday.

The comments made by Rahul and Pandya were unanimously deemed to be "sexist" and "misogynistic". The recent episode became quite the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons, so much so that the comments made by Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul even resulted in strict action being taken against them by BCCL.

"Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show".

'Why don't you ask women's names at nightclubs?' asked Karan.

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As the controversy built up in the following days, Pandya took to Twitter Wednesday to issue an apology: "After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who [sic] I may have hurt in any way". I had asked Diana [Edulji] to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip. 'I like to watch and observe how they move.

The decision could turn dicey for the duo who are now in Australia for the ODI series.

"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", stated Pandya's response, as quoted by PTI.

Kohli added that the two players "have understood the magnitude of what's happened". And though Rahul didn't make any controversial comments himself, social media users have blamed him for not intervening and taking up a stand. "We are still waiting for a decision to be made". He said, "We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated".

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