'Inappropriate': Kohli says Pandya and Rahul were out of line

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 11, 2019

Hardik Pandya and to some extent KL Rahul find themselves in a soup and it is not going to go anywhere any time soon.

The connect grew stronger as skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri received honorary membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) ahead of the first ODI against Australia on January 12.

Pandya and Rahul appeared on a talk show on Sunday where their comments - Pandya's in particular - came in for widespread criticism and raised concerns over the team culture.

Kohli described the news as "unfortunate" and made it clear he - or anyone in the Indian cricket team for that matter - did not agree with the comments shared by the players on the light-hearted television segment that was filmed past year.

BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has called for a harsher penalty than the two-match suspension initially proposed by CoA member Vinod Rai.

Virat Kohli is waiting to hear from India's board whether Pandya, a gun allrounder who is normally an automatic selection in India's one-day team, is free to play Saturday's SCG series opener.

"From the combination and team balance point of view, yes, you'll have to think about the combination you'll need now".

"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude". "We are also waiting like everyone else on the verdict". "You don't have control over these things so you have to address it the way it unfolds".

Hardik Pandya may have gotten carried away with the format of the show and made all those comments "in a light-hearted manner" without realising what that the repercussions will be.

"It has to hit anyone hard; they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right".

"This changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have been able to create".

He added: "We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated. I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers, we definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views", Kohli said. "That's how we are looking at it, the combinations will have to be looked at when the decision comes out and from there on we'll see what needs to be done about the whole situation".

Kohli said that the availability of both Pandya and Rahul for the ODI series against Australia would depend on any action that the BCCI might take on Friday.

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