What lies ahead for KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya?

What lies ahead for KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya?

Hardik Pandya’s and KL Rahul’s troubles do not seem to come to an end anytime soon. They haven’t even established themselves yet in the Indian cricket team, unfortunately, they are affording to come into the limelight for all the wrong reasons.

BCCI’s CoA has issued a show cause notice to the players for their crass and cringe-worthy comments on the popular talk show Koffee with Karan. They have not taken it lightly as major officials have come down hard especially on the Baroda allrounder over his behavior. BCCI is most likely to ban the participation of the cricketers in talk shows unrelated to cricket.

What transpired during the show?

Hardik Pandya mentioned on the show on his hooking up with multiple women and what he sees in women while checking her out in a night club. He mentioned casually that he said to his family,” Aaj main Kar Ke aya” (I had sex today), on the time when he lost his virginity.

Understandably, the duo faced criticism left, right and center on the callous attitude shown towards women.

KL Rahul, through his giggles, encouraged Pandya to show his sexist and racist mentality. Being a role model for youngsters, he should have known better about the magnitude of his behavior,

Even for a casual, frivolous talk show like Koffee with Karan, these comments are highly disturbing.

KL Rahul’s recent struggles

On the field, this has been a forgettable season for KL Rahul. Rahul averages 22.28 in Test Cricket in 2018, which is questionable for an opener. It would have been much worse except for 149 vs England and 54 vs Afghanistan. His next best score has been 44 vs England at the Oval. Such scores do not warrant an automatic selection. He has been in contention for selection only because his competition has fared equally or worse. The team management wanted him to succeed too, as there are players who were selected and not even given a chance.

Mayank Agarwal came in like a bang in Australia and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. With him and a fit Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul again goes down the pecking order for Indian openers. He will surely now have to go back to domestic cricket and come up with the goods for any chance of a return.
In the ODI team, he is not an automatic choice for the Indian team. A successful opening pair in Dhawan and Rohit limited his chances to No. 4, a position where he struggled to make any mark. It is highly doubtful that he’ll be in the starting lineup in any of the ODI vs Australia.
With a natural batting talent like him, it is high time that he comes back to basics and makes his case for coming back to the Indian team instead of getting in the news for the wrong reasons.

Pandya’s Questionable Conduct

This is not the first time that Hardik Pandya was in the news for the wrong reasons. He has landed himself in trouble on more than one occasions for his conduct on social media.

In 2016, after the Champions Trophy final, all-rounder posted a controversial tweet and later deleted it. Again in 2017, the Baroda allrounder had an FIR registered to his name for posting about Dr. B R Ambedkar.

Hardik who is now on the Australian tour has apologized to BCCI and the team coach in reply to the show cause notice.

“I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in a bad light, I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive. Rest assured I hold the BCCI in the highest regard and will exercise complete discretion and prudence to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in future,” he said.

Cricketers: Biggest Role models for the youngsters

Cricket is a religion in India. A lot of young impressionable children fall in love with the game and want to be like their favorite cricket stars. As role models for the future generation, cricketers have a responsibility towards their actions.

When a sportsperson of Pandya’s stature, who is a role model for millions of young boys aspiring to be part of the Indian squad, talks in such a disrespectful manner about women on a platform like Koffee with Karan, what example is this setting?

It is imperative on BCCI to make cricketers understand the moral and social responsibility towards the fans who make them who they are. And for cricketers like Hardik Pandya to know that they are not above women in any regard, just by being a cricketer.