Reports: Hardik Pandya apologises to MS Dhoni, head coach Ravi Shastri

The BCCI is also contemplating action against both the players who appeared on the show.

MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya
India’s Hardik Pandya with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

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The controversy surrounding KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya’s obnoxious remarks on talk show Koffee with Karan just refuses to die down. A few days ago, Indian cricket was celebrating one of its greatest triumphs when Virat Kohli led the team to a historic Test series win in Australia. It was India’s first-ever Test series win on Australian soil. However, the delight turned into despair as Pandya’s comments made the scenes gloomy in the Indian camp.

It would not be entirely wrong to say that Pandya’s ‘misogynistic’ and ‘creepy’ comments pretty much put India’s win in Australia on the back seat as the cricketing world slammed the all-rounder. When the host of the show asked the two about their personal lifestyles, Pandya went overboard and made some absolutely startling comments.

One of his most disturbing remarks was about his family being open and how he came home after losing his virginity and said, “Aaj karke aya hai (I did it today).” The Baroda cricketer went on to reveal how he once bragged to his parents in a party, pointing at all the women present one by one after his parents asked him which woman he was seeing.

After his comments blew off, Pandya issued an apology on social media, stating that he got carried away with the nature of the show and did not want to hurt anyone’s sentiments. And if reports are to be believed, he has issued an apology to the team as well. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Pandya apologised to former Indian captain MS Dhoni and head coach Ravi Shastri for his actions on the show.

It also added that Pandya has also spoken to his elder brother Krunal and his family members. Krunal will be joining Indian team next month when India play New Zealand in a three-match T20I series.

CoA set to take action:

Meanwhile, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to treat the fiasco with stern hands. CoA chief Vinod Rai has said that the officials are contemplating banning the players for two ODIs for their conduct.

“I have recommended a two-match ban for both players. However, the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her go ahead,” Rai said.

Both the players are a part of India’s ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series against Australia, starting on January 12.

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