Pandya opens up about ‘Koffee with Karan’ controversy
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) banned Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, told them to comeback India from the Australia-New Zealand tour on 11 January 2019. But on January 24, they lifted the ban and sent Pandya to New Zealand. Rahul’s ban was also lifted, but he was not sent to New Zealand as the team was not needed.
Pandya-Rahul spent only 13 days in ban. What was their crime? At that time, they went to the TV show ‘Koffee with Karan’ and uttered misogynistic words.
Even though they were not punished in that way by the board, Pandya-Rahul had to listen to the criticism of the people. Especially Pandya, who had made more misogynistic remarks. The situation was such that Pandya and Rahul did not even see each other for a month.
Pandya said this in an interview with Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz. His friendship with Rahul is long. Pandya was talking about how the incident affected both of them, “KL is a brother to me we have been in all scenarios together. From going up, having success…..going down in the same boat. Then coming up differently. For me….whatever ever happened..after suspension I was straight into Indian team. He had to go to play for India A. He was there in the team then he had to play India A.”
This is the effect of his career. Explaining the impact of the incident on the friendship between the two, Pandya said, “The reason I am more respectful is that the incident did not affect our friendship. Yes, we took one month off from each other. That was needed then. After that debate on the TV show, the stress level was so much at that time that I slept only one hour in five or six days. But KL never changed..the friendship stayed. Yes, become calmer than what he was. He has been some. We still love each other.”