The respect for cricketers in our country is immense. In such a scenario, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have invited the ire of the entire nation.
Both of them KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were guests on Karan Johar’s chat show where they made a number of sexist and misogynistic statements about women. Sportsmen having a high testosterone level can be understood such racist, sexist and misogynistic comments were highly disturbing. It is more shocking if you consider that they are playing at the highest level.
Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh is livid at what Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have said on the show. He is upset at what they have said have cast aspersions on the conduct of Indian cricketers in general. He said he saw the suspension coming. In a statement to India Today, he said, “They have openly said.. ‘I have done this, I have done that’. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them. He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them. This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can’t go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You’re making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen.”
He further told India Today, “Look, the punishment could be a two-match or three-match ban. That will not change anything. Their reputation was at stake, they have lost the trust of their teammates. If he comes and stands next to you at a party, would you like to stand next to him? I will not travel with these two guys in the same bus because if my daughter, if my wife is travelling in the team bus….how would they feel? You are looking at women in only one angle? That’s not right. “It’s actually hurting us. He is bringing everyone’s reputation on the stake, including Sachin Tendulkar’s and all that of these great players who have played for the country for more than 20 years. He’s talking about using other teammates’ room. You have been in the team for only one year. What do you know about the team?.”