Hardik Pandya Opens About The ‘Koffee With Karan’ Controversy
The last year was a bit harder on the Indian allrounder Hardik Pandya who was seen surrounded earlier for his controversial statements at the chat show Koffee with Karan. Pandya along with the Indian batsman KL Rahul was the centre of the media because of their statements that were considered sexist and misogynistic by several cricket fans.
The two cricketers were then called back from the Australia tour and it seemed, at the moment, that a ban was heading their way. And with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 event was near that year, it was possible that they would have been sentenced to stay off the ground for a while.
However, the things turned out differently, a little less worse than they could’ve imagined. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) subjected Pandya and Rahul to pay Rs 1,00,000 each to families of 10 constables in para-military forces who lost their lives on duty.
The board also sentenced the two cricketers to pay Rs. 10 lacs to the fund created by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India to promote the game for the blinds.
Pandya said that he didn’t like his father giving an interview during the incident
However, it wasn’t easy to come out of the controversy untouched. Pandya opened up about the incident and shared his experience with India Today. Any controversy, big or small, does affect the two parties involved in it and so it did with the cricketers. Almost after a year, Pandya opened up about the phase he went through during the incident, sharing the emotional journey he took from not liking to even step out of the house to touring New Zealand and giving his best.
“I still remember I did not step out of my house. Unknowingly my father gave an interview as well which was actually a fact which I didn’t like because I don’t like to go out and say things. It took me a week or 10 days to just realize that this is not it. You have to step out and face the things than just being in your cocoon,” Hardik Pandya said.
“I just then realized that this is kind of an exam that is coming at a difficult phase which you have to get through. I then shifted my focus to my game completely and forgot what happened whether I was going to be suspended for 6 months or coming back in the next game. I had no idea, it was just rumors.”
Pandya returned back to the game during the New Zealand tour where he impressed everyone with bat and ball. He remembered the basics of the game and went on to focus on one thing that he definitely had control over and could manifester all his emotions on.
“But then I went back to the basics that I learned during my early years — you control things which you can control. So I knew that things which are happening outside my this thing things that I don’t have control at all. The things that were in my control was my practice, my work ethics and how seriously I took things. The one thing I knew is that I just know my cricket,” Pandya added.
Currently, Pandya underwent through a back injury operation in London and was in the rehabilitation process and training on nets. He was named for the India A tour to New Zealand but was unable to pass through the fitness Test. Pandya has been ruled out of the tour and will be replaced by Vijay Shankar.
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