Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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Virat Kohli slams teammate at centre of sexism storm

Virat Kohli slams teammate at centre of sexism storm

India captain Virat Kohli has spoken on the furore surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, explaining that the controversial comments made by the two cricketers on an India cricket show do not reflect the views of the Indian cricket team and that they nothing more than strictly personal opinions.

Pandya and Rahul were slammed on social for their comments on women during the interview, which were regard sexist and misogynist. Reacting to the comments made by the duo, Kohli said that cricketers don't align with that views and those were the opinions of the players.

"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". "The two concerned players (have) felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened".

A decision from the BCCI is expected on Friday afternoon AEDT but Kohli addressed the issue at a press conference at the SCG.

Though Hardik apologized for his comments, he could be facing a suspension along with Rahul, who accompanied to the show.

Kohli distanced himself and his team from the views that Pandya and Rahul, who was unlikely to play this weekend regardless, had expressed about women.


"From the combination and team balance point of view, yes, you'll have to think about the combination you'll need now".

"We are all waiting for a decision from the board and from there on we can understand what needs to be done about the situation", Kohli told reporters.

The CoA chief Vinod Rai then recommended the two-match ban in consultation with the other member Diana Edulji, but a final decision is set to be taken after the latter's formal go-ahead. "It will be a sad day if he doesn't come back to Australia after this tour, he's a brilliant entertainer and someone that people pay money to come through the gates to watch".

According to Cricket.com.au, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon will join the 34-year-old Siddle as the four specialist bowlers in the XI.

"I will be spent, the day I finish I will be totally spent and that's the reason I am going to stop playing cricket".

After his surprise recall, Siddle on Thursday had said, "It's something I'd probably forgotten about really". Full squad has now hit the nets for the first time after the home series with West Indies.

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