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Ravi Shastri reveals the advice he gave to Hardik Pandya after the KWK controversy

"I think the BCCI handled it well with a proper rap on his knuckles."

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Hardik Panya-KL Rahul episode shook the entire cricketing world. This duo was suspended for their misogynistic comments on the talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’. However, the BCCI’s CoA later lifted these bans pending inquiry and allowed them to play cricket again. During this period, both Pandya and Rahul underwent a lot of stress. However, head coach Ravi Shastri gave a piece of valuable advice to Hardik Pandya that might have eased things up slightly.

Hardik was included into the Indian team straightaway after the suspension was lifted. Maybe, with his kind words, Ravi Shastri might have helped get back into the scheme of things comfortably. The head coach adviced the 25-year-old to brush off what has happened and told him that he was born for better stuff.

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Who doesn’t make mistakes?

“I have told him brush it off (the repercussions following his comments on the chat show ‘Koffee with Karan’). Consider it a rap on the knuckles, a hard rap on the knuckles, and now move on. I have told him, ‘You are born for better stuff’,” said Ravi Shastri as quoted by Cricbuzz.

Furthermore, the former cricketer defended the all-rounder by questioning that who doesn’t make mistakes. He commended the BCCI for the way they handled things. He felt that they did a good thing by bringing him back on to the cricket field. The left-arm spinner even noted that he was happy to see Hardik Pandya back in action.

“Who doesn’t make mistakes? He has not made a mistake where you can book him for anything. I think the BCCI handled it well with a proper rap on his knuckles (for whatever was said). I don’t want to comment on the BCCI process, though. Only, that they brought him back to where he belongs. I am happy to see him where he belongs, on the cricket field,” Ravi Shastri further added.

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