Former Indian fast-bowler Sreesanth has come out in defence of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who are in the line of fire and facing suspension for their controversial comments on 'Koffee With Karan'.
Sreesanth has requested the BCCI to give the duo a chance, calling them as good cricketers while questioning the punishment handed to them in comparison to punishments given in past to players who have committed far worse mistakes.
"I will only say that whatever happened was very bad, but the World Cup is around the corner. Both Hardik and Rahul are both good cricketers…I will only say to Hardik and Rahul, that surely they are both match-winners and sooner or later they will be back on the field. Yes, I know how difficult it is for a cricketer to miss the game and I just hope BCCI allows them to play, once they realise I am sure they should be playing where they should be playing," he told reporters.
The 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winner also hit out at those individuals who themselves courted controversy in the past, questioned their stance on the matter surrounding Hardik and Rahul.
"Yes, what happened was wrong. They said some wrong things. But there are others whose have made bigger mistakes than these, who are still playing and are in different fields not just cricket. The same people are speaking about this. When they see an opportunity they pounce on it like tigers," Sreesanth added.
Both Hardik and Rahul had featured in a episode of Koffee with Karan, wherein they made some sexist and misogynist remarks. Their comments irked the viewers, which was followed by BCCI and CoA taking cognizance of the matter.
The duo were initially left out of India's squad for the first ODI against Australia in Sydney, but later on, they were handed suspension till further action and called back to India to issue clarification.