Former India bowler Harbhajan Singh has slammed Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their crass comments made on Koffee With Karan earlier this month. The 38-year-old former off-spinner said that he wouldn’t want the two cricketers in the same bus, where his wife and daughter are travelling in.
“I will not travel with these two guys in the bus if my daughter or my wife are travelling in the team bus with me. How would they feel? You are looking at women in only one angle and that is not right,” Harbhajan, who took more than 400 Test wickets while representing the national team, told India Today.
He added, “We don’t talk about all this even with our friends and they were talking on public television. Now people might think was Harbhajan Singh like this, was Anil Kumble like this and was Sachin Tendulkar…”
Harbhajan said that Pandya and KL Rahul bragging about their encounters with women had hurt him a great deal. He said, “It’s actually hurting us. He is bringing everyone’s reputation on the stake, including Sachin Tendulkar’s and all these great players who have played for the country for more than 20 years.”
He added, “He’s talking about using other teammates’ room. Come on man, what are you talking about? You have been in the team for only one year. What do you know about the team?”
Terming the BCCI’s decision to take punitive measures against the two India cricketers, Harbhajan said, “The BCCI did the right thing, and this is also the way forward. This was expected and I am not surprised.”
The BCCI on Saturday directed both the players to immediately return from Australia in the middle of the series adding that the board will send their replacements soon.
The two cricketers had courted controversy after they boasted about their sexual escapades on the chat show hosted by Karan Johar.
Elsewhere, Hotstar, which is owned by Star TV group, has removed the last episode of Koffee With Karan from its platform. A tweet by Hotstar read, “Certain remarks / comments made by the guests on the episode 12 of Koffee with Karan may hurt the sentiments of our users / viewers. As a responsible platform, we have removed the episode from Hotstar with immediate effect.”