Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

We definitely don't support inappropriate comments - Virat Kohli

"This IPL will be about monitoring the players keeping the World Cup in mind
Cary Erickson | 11 January, 2019, 15:11

Pandya and KL Rahul, who also appeared on the show, were issued showcause notices by the BCCI.

The BCCI initially issued show-cause notices to Pandya and Rahul and now there are reports the pair could be banned for two matches for their conduct.

Pandya and Rahul might not be available for the start of this three-match series, and combined with Bumrah's absence, Kohli said this is an opportunity to experiment with a few more pacers before finalising the preferred attack for the World Cup. Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has landed himself in controversy after his comments on the TV show.

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

If that is the case then we could see a playing XI like this - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Khaleel Ahmed.

Rahul was a little more restrained than Pandya but did talk about getting in trouble with his parents as an 18-year-old for having condoms in his pocket.

Holding back on the team announcement, Kohli pointed that since a decision regarding the two cricketers is awaited, India will have to re-think the team combination heading into the first ODI in Sydney on Saturday.

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"...a couple of spots which might need rectification will be looked at but apart from that the idea is to make that combination and that team play together for the whole period left before the World Cup", said Kohli. "We are also waiting like everyone else on the verdict".

"I have played enough cricket in the last five years and I can not comment on even the first thing I do when I retire because I don't feel like I am going to pick up the bat again", he said.

"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude".

"Definitely it has to hit hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right". This changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room. "Where our batting is at the moment, the team management and I are very comfortable because we have results in ODI cricket and performances have been very good as well".

"We definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views".

Pandya and Rahul were slammed on social for their comments on women during the interview, which were regard sexist and misogynist.

"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", Pandya said on Twitter.