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Kohli says Pandya's 'sexist' comments not reflective of team

11 January 2019

Inappropriate comments have cast a shadow over India's Test celebrations and ODI preparations, with Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul facing suspension amid a sexism scandal.

After winning the Test series by 2-1, Virat Kohli and men have started preparing for the three matches ODI series which will commence on January 12, 2018.

Pandya and Rahul were slammed on social for their comments on women during the interview, which were regard sexist and misogynist. "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", said Virat who is married to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.

"Where our batting is at the moment, the team management and I are very comfortable because we have results in ODI cricket and performances have been very good as well".

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"Definitely it has to hit hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right".

A BCCI source told PTI that Rahul was not considered for selection while Pandya will not feature at least in the game on Saturday.

Kohli described the news as "unfortunate" and made it clear he - or anyone in the Indian cricket team for that matter - did not agree with the comments shared by the players on the light-hearted television segment that was filmed past year.

On being asked about the possible combination if the duo is banned, Kohli said: "From the combination and team balance point of view, yes, you'll have to think about the combination you'll need then".

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"So we are not too stressed as a team (about the Hardik Pandya situation) because you'll always have things that you can do in terms of creating that balance for the side". The all-rounder, in response, said he was sincerely regretful and would not repeat the behaviour.

On Thursday, COA chief Vinod Rai recommended a two-match ban for Pandya and Rahul but colleague Edulji referred the matter to BCCI's legal team.

Meanwhile, Australia named their playing XI for the first ODI, with veteran fast bowler Peter Siddle set to play his first ODI in eight years. "Once I am done, I will be done, and I won't be seen around the scene", Kohli said.

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Kohli says Pandya's 'sexist' comments not reflective of team