Cricket

Sourav Ganguly asks people to move on from Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul sexism row, says most cricketers in team are 'great guys'

  • Press Trust of India
  • January 17th, 2019
  • 15:49:25 IST

Mumbai: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly Thursday said "we should move on" from the controversy surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul's sexist comments because he is sure the two will learn from it and become better persons.

Speaking at an event here, Ganguly said he hasn't seen the 'Koffee with Karan' episode in which Pandya and Rahul's misogynistic comments on women led to a provisional suspension on them. But he offered a sympathetic view on the under-fire duo.

File image of Sourav Ganguly. Reuters

File image of Sourav Ganguly. Reuters

"People make mistakes, let's not go too far here. I am sure, whoever has done it will realise and come out a better person. We are human beings not machines that we will always be perfect. We should move on and make sure it doesn't happen again," Ganguly said on the raging controversy.

Pandya and Rahul were forced to return midway through the ongoing ODI series against Australia and India captain Virat Kohli condemned their statements on hookups with multiple women as "inappropriate".

They have been show caused twice by the BCCI since then and are also being put through an inquiry.

Ganguly said most cricketers are "great guys".

"...they (cricketers) are humble, every now and then one or two make mistakes but I know most of them personally and they are great guys," Ganguly said during the trailer launch of '22 Yards' at a suburb here.

Pandya and Rahul, pending the outcome of the inquiry, will not be a part of the Indian team. After missing the ongoing ODI series, they are set to miss the upcoming New Zealand Tour as well.

Ganguly, who has been credited with shaping Indian cricket during his captaincy stint, said it's not that modern-day cricketers are not obedient.

"Look at Virat Kohli, he is such a fantastic role model. India is a fortunate country, every generation produces players who all of us cherish, there was (Sunil) Gavaskar, then came (Sachin) Tendulkar, when Tendulkar finished people thought who's next, now it's Virat Kohli.

"A lot of these cricketers are fantastic human beings because they come from middle class backgrounds and fight their way up. Can you imagine 11 selected out of the millions play the game.

Updated Date: January 17, 2019 15:49:25 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

IPL 2021: RCB look to inch closer to play-offs berth against PBKS
First Cricket News

IPL 2021: RCB look to inch closer to play-offs berth against PBKS

Eyeing their first IPL title triumph, RCB are currently placed third in the pecking order with seven wins and four defeats for a total of 14 points.

T20 World Cup 2021: Team India has talent, needs to show maturity to win title, says Sourav Ganguly
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup 2021: Team India has talent, needs to show maturity to win title, says Sourav Ganguly

India will open their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on 24 October.

T20 World Cup 2021: Kane Williamson's injury just 'slight twinge,' says NZ coach Gary Stead
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup 2021: Kane Williamson's injury just 'slight twinge,' says NZ coach Gary Stead

Williamson was left out of Sunrisers Hyderabad's playing XI for their final match of the Indian Premier League, but Stead played down concerns around the chances of the injury hurting Williamson's participation in the marquee event.