Indian team doesn’t stand by Pandya and Rahul for their inappropriate comments: Virat Kohli

Despite being 24 hours away for the ODI against Australia, Kohli and BCCI are confused whether to include Pandya and Rahul since there have been no clear instructions from the BCCI officials and a decision is yet to be made

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On January 11, Friday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli responded to the controversy sparked by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s comments on the talk show Koffee With Karan. The captain said that the Indian team doesn’t stand by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their ‘inappropriate’ comments on women during their stint with Karan Johar. However, Kohli insisted that the dispute won’t affect the dressing room morale.

The Indian skipper said that the availability of both the cricketers for the ODI series against Australia would depend on the action that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might take against the duo. Earlier, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai had suggested that Pandya and Rahul must be banned for two matches.

From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don't support. We definitely as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated (to the two players)," said Kohli just prior to the ODI series opener.

"I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views. The two concerned players (have) felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened,” he added.

Despite 24 hours remaining for the ODI against Australia, Kohli and BCCI are confused whether to include Pandya and Rahul since there have been no clear instructions from the BCCI officials and a decision is yet to be made.

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