Cape Town - India captain Virat Kohli has come out and said that he and
the team do not support comments made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on an
online talk show.
Rahul and especially Pandya were vilified on social media
and by most in India's general public for comments that was inappropriate
The comments, according to some observers, came across as
"sexist, misogynistic and racist" with some people also now
questioning the culture in India's team.
The BCCI have issued the both players a show-cause notice to
which Pandya responded with an apology to the board.
Kohli, who was speaking to reporters on Friday before their
first ODI against Australia in Sydney on Saturday, said the team do not support
the comments by the two players and that they will accept any sanctions imposed
Kohli said: "From the Indian cricket team point of
view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something
that we definitely don't support and the two concerned players felt what has
gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened.
"Definitely it has to hit anyone hard, they will
definitely understand the things that have not gone right.
"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.
"We are still waiting for a decision to be made but
from the Indian cricket team point of view this changes nothing in terms of our
beliefs in the change room.
"It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to
create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and
something as I said which is inappropriate."
The BCCI is likely to announce its verdict on the subject
soon, with a two-match suspension for Pandya and possibly just a warning for
Rahul the expected outcomes.