The starting of 2019 was not so good for Indian Cricket team’s talented duo of KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya. The duo got into a big trouble for their controversial and misogynist comments on TV show ‘Koffee With Karan’.
In the chat show, Hardik Pandya made some highly controversial comments about the team culture and girls, while answering the questions of host Karan Johar. He along with KL Rahul was immediately banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The controversy also threatened him to miss the flight of Cricket World Cup 2019.
However, just before the marquee tournament, BCCI ombudsman gave them some respite by cancelling the ban from International team. The all-rounder opened up on the controversy in a recent interview with commentator Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz.
According to Pandya, in the retrospect, he accepted the mistake and learnt great deal from the incident and changed his thought process, inculcating more discipline and hard work in his routine
“When that happened, I said to myself let’s just accept it and try to correct the mistake. If I would’ve not accepted that mistake, that part would have still been in me. That phase does not bother me anymore because my family has accepted it,” he said.
The talented all-rounder also faced a severe criticism for his comments. From his family to his friends and everyone, who cared for him, faced the tough period after the incident.
“I’m a family guy. Without family, I am no one. My family is my backbone. The Hardik Pandya you’re seeing right now is because of the people behind the scenes, looking after me. They make sure that I am mentally stable and I stay happy,” said Hardik Pandya.
“My family got abused. My father gave an interview post the incident and people made a mockery of it. What hurt me the most was my action caused my family problems, and that’s not acceptable,” he added.