Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has apologised for his misogynistic comments and bragging about losing virginity to his parents on Koffee With Karan show. He took to Instagram to write that he had got ‘carried away’ during the chat show.
Pandya wrote, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”
His apology hasn’t gone well with his fans on Instagram, who appeared unforgiving towards the cricketer. The comments made by Pandya and Rahul had also started a debate on the moral compass of the current Indian cricketers compared to those of when players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni represented India.
Appearing on Koffee With Karan with his teammate KL Rahul, Pandya had narrated an incident when he bragged about losing his virginity to his parents. He had said, “Aaj mai kar ke aaya (Today, I’ve done that).” On the show, Pandya had also boasted about getting intimate with multiple women. In response to a question, he had said, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”
Both Pandya and Rahul had faced incessant criticism from social emdia users and women rights activists, who condemned them for their misogyny. Faced with growing outrage, the Indian cricket board, the BCCI, had issued a show cause notice to both the cricketers. “We have sent show cause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have given 24 hours to give an explanation,” CoA chief Vinod Rai was quoted as saying.
Noted cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle had urged the BCCI to sensitise young cricketers about ‘life beyond the dressing room.’ Bhogle’s tweet said, “It is all very well to issue show-cause notices now to KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya. But I do wish the BCCI spends time in sensitising these young players to life beyond the dressing room; to getting them outside the bubble that is inevitable given the adulation they get.”