Team India cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul have been fined Rs 20 lakh each by the BCCI Ombudsman for making sexist comments on TV. BCCI Ombudsman has directed KL Rahul & Hardik Pandya to pay Rs 1,00,000 each to families of 10 Jawans in the para-military forces who have lost their lives on duty & Rs 10,00,000 each in the fund created by the Cricket Association For The Blind within 4 weeks.
Both Pandya and Rahul had triggered a huge controversy on account of their sexist remarks made on the show Koffee With Karan hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar. Following the outrage over their remarks, they had been pulled out of India's squad which was then touring in Australia and New Zealand. They were later reinstated to the team.
Both Rahul and Pandya have been included in India's 15-member World Cup squad. The two are also performing well in the ongoing edition of IPL. Just recently the two had come face-to-face and during the clash between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, Rahul had smashed Pandya for 23 runs on his way to his maiden IPL century. However, his century went in vain as Mumbai won the contest in the penultimate ball of the game riding on Kieron Pollard's blistering knock of a 31-ball 83.
Pandya has so far scored 186 runs in eight matches including seven wickets. Rahul, on the other hand, has been providing solid starts for Punjab and has also been anchoring the innings. A couple of his half-centuries have also helped in taking his team over the line. Rahul has so far scored 387 runs in nine matches at a strike rate of 127.72 which includes a century and four half-centuries.