Ever since Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul appeared on the TV show Koffee with Karan, they have faced criticism over their(particularly Hardik Pandya) misogynist, racist and cringe-worthy comments. They have been suspended by BCCI over the controversy and would not feature against Australia and maybe New Zealand.
Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has also voiced his opinion on the controversy. According to former Indian cricketer, the Hardik-Rahul KWK controversy has become the centre of attraction to everyone leaving India’s maiden Test series victory in Australia in the background.
Gavaskar in his column for Times of India wrote that the glory was pushed into the background after Pandya and Rahul’s controversy emerged. “The suspension of two players and the drama that it has caused has taken the sheen off the huge achievement of the team winning a Test series in Australia for the first time ever. Instead of the team basking in the glory of their superb efforts, they have been pushed into the background, as the antics of two of their members have taken the centre stage,” Gavaskar wrote.
The former captain also wrote about the Supreme Court hearing later this week. He was hopeful that the CoA will be dissolved and after an election board members for various posts will be elected.
Gavaskar continued, “The next few days will surely be interesting indeed and it won’t be a surprise if the action on the field is overshadowed by that off the field. Hopefully, it will be sorted and dealt with sooner rather than later. This week also hopefully the Honourable Supreme Court will give a final decision on a matter that has stretched almost two and half years. Indian cricket has lost clout at the international fora and the sooner the matter is settled the better for Indian cricket.”
Renowned cricket Umpire Simon Taufel also gave his views in the Pandya-Rahul controversy. Taufel, 47, told reporters on the sidelines of a local cricket tournament where he was the chief guest, “Look what I would say in every team and in every business and every sport, is that good people make a good team. And that we all make mistakes from time to time. We all learn as we go.”
Meanwhile, Pandya and Rahul continue to be under suspension and the BCCI recently named their replacements. While Vijay Shanker was added to India’s squad for Australia ODI series, young Shubman Gill was added to the Indian squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour.