After huge outcry over the sexist, misogynist comments by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on the TV show Koffee With Karan, the Indian duo have received widespread support from the cricketing fraternity following the action taken against them.
The likes of Glenn McGrath, Sreesanth, Sourav Ganguly, Simon Taufel and BCCI's acting president CK Khanna have come out and defended the two players amid controversy. And now, former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid has come out and expressed sympathy for Hardik and Rahul.
Speaking to The Hindu, 'The Wall' of Indian cricket suggested that players should be educated and tutored about their responsibility while also mentioning that the flak duo have received is unnecessary.
"It is not that players did not make mistakes in the past. It is not that mistakes will not be made in the future despite our best efforts to educate the youth. But let us not overreact please. People forget in the past also incidents have happened. Today it gets highlighted more but I agree we need to keep mentoring them, educating them because challenges today are different on and off the field. They have to remember their responsibilities as Indian cricketers. It can’t be everything was great earlier and everything is bad today," Dravid added.
Hardik and Rahul, while appearing on the reality show hosted by Bollywood director/producer Karan Johan, had made some unpleasant remarks, which drew them the ire of social media.
After the controversy became big, the Indian cricket authorities took cognizance of the matter, and issued show cause notices to both the players. The duo responded, and Pandya even apologised for his actions on social media, but the authorities felt it wasn't enough.
Both the players were initially left out of the first ODI against Australia, but later on, they were removed from India's squad for the remainder of the series as well as the series against New Zealand and called back home. For the time being, the duo are suspended till further action is taken.