At the recent trailer launch of the upcoming Hindi film ‘22 Yards’, former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly defended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul over their ‘Koffee With Karan’ episode controversy, saying that people make mistakes but everyone should move on and ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Pandya and Rahul were criticised over their sexist comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’. Even after an apology to fans and their teammates, the pair have been suspended by the BCCI and removed from a three match one day international series against Australia in Sydney.
When asked if modern day cricketers should be responsible while giving statements on a public platform as a whole lot of youngsters look up to them, Pinkvilla reports Ganguly saying, “I haven’t watched that episode. I watch ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’. Jokes apart, I feel that you can’t generalise that only modern-day cricketers should behave responsibly. People make mistakes. Let’s not get too far into that.”
“I am sure whoever has done it will realise that and come out as a better person. We are all human beings. We are not machines that everything you put in comes out perfect. You have just got to live life and let others live. They are responsible people. They may be role models but they are under pressure all the time to perform. Certain things happen in life and as everyone, we should move on and make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” he added.