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The two players have been widely condemned following their remarks on chat show Koffee With Karan, which aired last week but has since been pulled by online host Hotstar
Virat Kohli has distanced himself and the rest of the Indian cricket squad from sexist comments made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on TV chat show.
The two players have been widely condemned following their remarks on chat show Koffee With Karan, which aired last week but has since been pulled by online host Hotstar.
Pandya and Rahul have both since apologised but the pair could face repurcussions from the BCCI, who have issued both with show-cause notices requiring them to explain their actions.
In the meantime, captain Kohli and the rest of the team are preparing for the one-day international series against Australia, due to get under way on Saturday.
"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 and the two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what’s happened," the India skipper said.
Virat Kohli has distanced the India squad from sexist comments made by two of their team-mates
"We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated.
"I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don’t align with those views and those are purely individual views."
Pandya and Rahul could still find themselves banned by their own governing body, leaving Kohli and the selection panel somewhat in limbo ahead of the first ODI.
"We are still waiting for a decision to be made but from the Indian cricket team point of view this changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room," Kohli said.
"It does nothing to the spirit that we’ve been able to create within the change room, and these are purely individual opinions and something, as I said, is inappropriate."