Hardik Pandya apologises for comments on Koffee with Karan; BCCI seeks explanationhttps://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/hardik-pandya-apology-koffee-with-karan-5529570/

Hardik Pandya apologises for comments on Koffee with Karan; BCCI seeks explanation

Hardik Pandya apologised for his comments on TV show Koffee with Karan which is hosted by Karan Johar. Many slammed his comments as misogynist and sexist.

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KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya appeared on Koffee with Karan. (Source: Instagram)

India cricketer Hardik Pandya has apologised for what many on social media construed as misogynist and sexist comments on TV show Koffee with Karan. In his brief apology posted on his Twitter account, Pandya said he “got carried away with the nature of the show” while not meaning to “disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments”.

In the tweet Pandya said, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in a way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect of hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”

“We have sent showcause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation,” Chairman of the Committee of Administrators that runs the BCCI, Vinod Rai, told PTI.

Criticism started coming Pandya’s way soon after and it is learnt that he was ticked off by the BCCI top brass. According to a source, his comments were deemed “crass and cringeworthy” and might have a bearing on whether Indian cricketers appear on “such non-cricket shows” after this. “It will be considered whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket,” a BCCI source told PTI.

Former BCCI general manager Ratnakar Shetty called Pandya’s conduct a “disgrace to the cricket community.” Shetty tweeted, “It is time the BCCI decides to take corrective steps for cricketers who talk rubbish on public platforms. Hardik Pandya was a disgrace to the cricket community the way he spoke on Koffeewith Karan show. He has insulted the women and also made a racist remark.”

Among the multiple things that left viewers shocked was when the allrounder said “I like to watch and observe how they move. I’m little from the Black side so I need to see how they move,” when queried why he doesn’t ask women’s names in a club. Additionally, he shared bits such as “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, “Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)” and “At a party my parents asked me acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women) and they were like waah proud of u beta.”

On a question posed by the host Karan Johar which queried how the two guests on the show – KL Rahul and Pandya – decide who gets the girl if both hit on the same one. KL Rahul said, “Upto the woman”; Pandya, however, went on to add, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. [Nothing of the sort. It is on talent. Whoever gets, goes away with the girl]”

Twitter users weren’t pleased with Pandya’s objectification of women. “#KoffeeWithCricketers pandya came across as the Kim K of cricket world… Boasting of ‘conquests’ and possessions like a Desperado… The line of his family asking him how many women and him pointing out to them like a trophies is so sick … Grow up Pandya !,” wrote a Twitter user.

On questions related to cricket, both KL Rahul and Pandya picked MS Dhoni as the better captain as against Virat Kohli. “MS Dhoni because I made my debut and it was fantastic,” said Pandya. Karnataka batsman Rahul also chose the veteran wicket-keeper batsman: “In terms of achievement, yes MS Dhoni.” On another tricky question, they were asked to pick better batsman between Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, the duo went for Kohli, which didn’t sit too well with many on Twitter either.