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Virat Kohli slams India star Hardik Pandya for 'inappropriate comments'

Virat Kohli slams India star Hardik Pandya for 'inappropriate comments'

'From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don't support, ' he said.

While the on-field focus in Indian cricket is set to shift to white-ball cricket with the ODI series against Australia, the off-field attention has been hogged by controversial interview on an entertainment show.

"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude".

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Friday reacted on the views represented by teammates Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul in a TV show and said as responsible cricketers they don't align with the views of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul they were their individual opinions.

The captain has already made it clear that as a side, the Indian team has nothing to do with the comments made by the duo and that his side will stick to its own plans irrespective of the outcome. We need to go out there and play cricket. Kohli added that the controversy won't affect the team's spirit and momentum which it has been able to create during the tour.

The absence of Pandya in particular will affect the balance of the playing XI as he provides an all-round option.

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India brought in Rayudu for the all-important number four role, and since the Asia Cup last September, have given him a long run in the middle order.

"I don't think we will have too much of trouble if we have to change our combinations".

Pandya had brazenly bragged about his prowess with women on the TV show. His comments were slammed as misogynistic, and drew a lot of flak from all corners especially on social media. The all-rounder, in response, said he was sincerely regretful and would not repeat the behaviour. The suspension was put on hold because Diana Eduljee, the other CoA member, had sought legal advice before taking action against Pandya and Rahul.

"In terms of Rule 41 (6) of the BCCI Constitution, you are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any matter whatsoever in any match or function or event or activity that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter".

A senior BCCI official said both will be sent home on the first available flight from Australia.