New Delhi: India captain Virat Kohli on Friday slammed all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul for the sexist and misogynistic comments they made on a TV show.
“We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don’t align with those views, those were individual opinions. We are still waiting for a decision to be made,” Kohli said at a press conference ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney.
The 30-year-old further added that the team management will have to wait on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision on Pandya and Rahul before arriving at a conclusion on their final playing XI for the first match of the three-ODI series.
“From the Indian cricket team’s point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create. Combinations will have to be thought of once the decision comes out,” Kohli said.
“Definitely it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right. From the combination and team balance point of view, yes, you’ll have to think about the combination you’ll need now,” Kohli said.
“You don’t have control over these things so you have to address it the way it unfolds. 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,” he added.