We definitely don't support inappropriate comments - Virat Kohli

Annette Crawford
January 11, 2019

Indian captain Virat Kohli has distanced his team from the controversy surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul's comments on the talk show Koffee With Karan, saying the side does not endorse the views of the two players concerned.

Team India is on a high after winning a Test series in Australia for the first time in history.

Kohli described the news as "unfortunate" and made it clear he - or anyone in the Indian cricket team for that matter - did not agree with the comments shared by the players on the light-hearted television segment that was filmed a year ago. Reacting to the comments made by the duo, Kohli said that cricketers don't align with that views and those were the opinions of the players.

The Indian cricket team has been preparing for the upcoming ODI series against Australia and Indian skipper Virat Kohli cleared his intentions.

Kohli acknowledged the outcome of the process may require the team to rethink their plans, but was confident that with Ravindra Jadeja in the squad, they had the options to cover for Pandya even though Jadeja is a spin-bowling allrounder.

The Indian captain was speaking ahead of the first ODI between India and Australia, to be held in Sydney on Saturday.

"This changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have been able to create".

CoA member, Diana Edulji said, "It will be imperative that the players (Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul) be put under suspension till a further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in the case of CEO when he was sent on leave in the sexual harassment matter".

"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", Pandya wrote on Twitter.

Pandya also boasted about not knowing women's names at parties and telling his parents the day he lost his virginity.

The show, hosted by Bollywood producer and director Karan Johar, encourages guests to open up on personal matters. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

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

"#KoffeeWithCricketers was just the worst episode. Exhausted of this boys will be boys attitude", Ekta Chauhan, a Twitter user, wrote.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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