IND vs AUS: Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul controversy won’t affect Virat Kohli's team, says Gavaskar
After registering a historic win in the Test series, the Indian camp is expected to be pumped up ahead of the three-match ODI series against Australia. However, following the controversial comments made by Indian players Hardik Pandya and Kl Rahul in a TV chat show, there is bound to be some kind of anxiety in the dressing room. India is scheduled to start a three-match ODI series against Australia from Saturday.
Pandya's comments, slammed as misogynistic and sexist, sparked a lot of criticism against him on social media, prompting CoA to issue a show cause notice. The all-rounder, in response, said he was sincerely regretful and would not repeat the behaviour.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar thinks that the ongoing controversy won’t affect the dressing room as the Indian team is beyond it.
“I don’t think the dressing room would be affected, this team is beyond it. The two guys you are talking were not part of Test squad, one [Pandya] just joined for the last two Test matches but did not play. Rahul had very little role to play as a batsman so I don’t think it will matter. If it would have been somebody involved in a big way, then it might have affected the dressing room,” Gavaskar told India Today.
Gavaskar also said, off-the-field, the authorities should deal with the issue in an appropriate way, and said that the issue was very different from Australia’s Smith-Warner controversy.
“If you ask me about language or anything on the field, I can speak. Off-the-field, it is for the authorities to deal with the individual’s behaviour,” Gavaskar added.
“Don’t forget what Warner, Smith, and Bancroft were punished for happened on the field. What you are talking about happened in a show off the field. Officials will have to apply their mind to see what to do with it,” the former captain assessed.
Breaking silence for the first time on the ongoing controversy involving Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that the team doesn’t align with those views and those were the opinions of the players.