Ravi Shastri the head coach of Indian Cricket Team spoke on Pandya and Rahul’s controversy stating they needed “the rap on their knuckles” referring to their sexist comments on a talk show. Hardik and Rahul are back playing International cricket where Hardik was suffering a back injury and Rahul was playing the Mohali ODI.
Shastri says the duo needed the Rap on their knuckles for their remarks on Koffee with Karan, and Shastri feels they have learned a lot from this incident which is good, Shatri told Mirror Now.
“You are bound to make mistakes and you are bound to be punished at times but that’s not the end of the world. Such experiences just help players to come back stronger, harder and wiser,” he said.
The chat show was telecasted in the month of January where the duo talked about their relationships, crushes, also having sex for the first time and many unbearable comments were passed on women after the public anger was spread all around the social media, both the players were not allowed to play for a short period and were also called-off from Australia where they were supposed to play the 3-match ODI series.
Ravi Shastri was also asked his opinion about Cricket players taking their spouse along with them on the overseas tour.
“The players know if it is going to affect their performances they will take the decision accordingly. When you see the amount of time they spend away from home, you got to be practical there” said the Coach.
He also said it should be avoided during big tournaments like World Cup ” if it is a big event like a world cup or a big tournament where you need the boys to be absolutely focused 24×7 then it’s different but otherwise – this day and age you got to be practical and be a little open-minded.”