Rahul Dravid glad with CoA’s decision to lift bans on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul
"I have coached both of them at various levels. I somehow just don't feel that interview truly reflected the players," Dravid said.
Updated - Jan 26, 2019 9:46 am
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions was lifted by the BCCI and that brought about a huge sigh of relief in the cricketing circles. Former Indian cricketer, Rahul Dravid also welcomed the decision and expressed his happiness. He reckoned that the interview did not truly reflect the players. Furthermore, Dravid suggested that the duo can be role models to everyone in the times to come.
With the suspensions being lifted pending inquiry, both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were added to the India and India A squads respectively. While Hardik will join Team India in New Zealand, KL Rahul was included for the last three one-day games against England Lions. However, an inquiry is still pending and the Supreme Court could appoint the Ombudsman on February 5.
I am glad the suspension has been lifted
“I am glad the suspension has been lifted. There is an inquiry in the process which must be completed,” said Rahul Dravid as quoted by ESPNCricinfo. Even though many have expressed their reservations against the decision, Dravid back took the opposite stance. He noted that the players have suffered a lot and also mentioned that they accepted the mistake.
“No one is brushing this under the carpet. The players have been the first people to admit that they made a mistake. They already have suffered a lot publicly. It is time to move on. We also need to ensure we don’t overreact. At no stage are you condoning their action or the behaviour.”
He also said that he did not watch the entire show but only bits and pieces of it. Dravid claimed that sportspersons do make mistakes but it is a part of learning and growing up. The legendary cricketer further added that one has to be careful with the public views when representing India.
“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,” he concluded.