Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

'Focus now is to prepare for World Cup', says Virat Kohli

'Focus now is to prepare for World Cup', says Virat Kohli

Pandya and Rahul are both part of the Indian squad for the ODI series and the skipper said he was waiting for a decision from the BCCI when asked about the duo's possible selection in the playing XI. However, captain Virat Kohli is not too bothered as he believes Ravindra Jadeja can be slotted into the team as the all-rounder in place of Pandya.

"We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions". While India is the favourite going into the series, the prospect of missing Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul might hamper the team balance.

The Indian captain was speaking ahead of the first ODI between India and Australia, to be held in Sydney on Saturday.

"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".

CoA member, Diana Edulji said, "It will be imperative that the players (Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul) be put under suspension till a further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in the case of CEO when he was sent on leave in the sexual harassment matter".

Meanwhile, here's what Hardik tweeted in his apology, "After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologize to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way".


The programme, Koffee with Karan, is hosted by Bollywood producer and director Karan Johar who encourages guests to open up on personal matters.

"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", he wrote in his response, which is in PTI's possession. "As I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they (women) move first".

Pandya said he "got a bit carried away" as he explained his bragging about his prowess with women on the show that aired Sunday.

India has a long white-ball season lined up ahead of the marquee tournament in England this summer, with three ODIs in Australia and another five ODIs in New Zealand along with a three-match T20I series there as well.

He was quickly slammed for his views on women. What's up with all the #misogyny.

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