Pandya's afresh 'Koffee' controversy defense "I was in a vulnerable place"

Pandya, along with teammate K L Rahul, drew a lot of flak after their loose talk on women on Karan Johar's celebrity chat show that went viral, prompting the BCCI to suspend them and institute an inquiry into their conduct.

Saima Siddiqui
Published on: 9 Jan 2020 5:40 AM GMT
Pandyas afresh Koffee controversy defense I was in a vulnerable place
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New Delhi: Once again Hardik Pandya was seen talking about his infamous 'Koffee' controversy where he sought to explain his outrageous comments on women in a TV show, 'Koffee With Karan' that had led to his suspension and attracted a lot of criticism last year.

Pandya, along with teammate K L Rahul, drew a lot of flak after their loose talk on women on Karan Johar's celebrity chat show that went viral, prompting the BCCI to suspend them and institute an inquiry into their conduct.

In his latest statement on the episode, Pandya said things were not particularly in his control during the interview.

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"We as cricketers did not know what was going to happen. The ball was not in my court, it was in someone else's court where they had to take the shot and that's a very vulnerable place, you don't want to be (in it)," Pandya told media.

Pandya and Rahul were called back from an ongoing series against Australia at that time and their captain Virat Kohli too was openly critical of their comments on the show.

Both eventually came back after explaining themselves and apologising to the inquiry committee of the BCCI. While Rahul is currently playing in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, Pandya is recovering from a back injury.

Talking about cricketing matters, he downplayed comparisons with Mahendra Singh Dhoni who owned the No.7 slot before Pandya's arrival into the team.

"I'll never be able to fill MS' shoes, so I don't even think that way. I'm quite excited for the challenge to be honest. Whatever I do, it will be always for the team you know. It will be one step at the ladder and slowly-slowly that Cup will be there," he said.

Pandya has not played since September last year but is expected to be back next month after being named in the India A squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

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