Speaking to the host Karan Johar, he shared details such as: “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, “Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today),” and “At a party my parents asked me acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women) and they were like waah proud of you beta.”
The cricketer made it look as though having sex with women were his conquests and many were unimpressed with his brazen nature. The two players were slammed by BCCI as well, having given 24 hours to respond to why they made such statements. Chairman of the Committee of Administrators (COA) that runs the BCCI, Vinod Rai, said: “We have sent showcause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation.”
Hardik has since taken to Instagram to apologise for his remarks and said that he was ‘caught up in the moment’ and hadn’t thought of what he had said.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019
Meanwhile, here are some people, including commentator Harsha Bhogle, adding their two cents on what Hardik and Rahul said at the interview.
It is all very well to issue show-cause notices now to KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya. But I do wish the BCCI spends time in sensitising these young players to life beyond the dressing room; to getting them outside the bubble that is inevitable given the adulation they get.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 9, 2019
The first ever episode of #KoffeeWithKaran where I couldn’t sit through the one-hour show … #HardikPandya proved he is a 9th standard failure … no education, no etiquette & no respect towards women … what a waste of time!!!
— Poulami Mukhopadhyay (@poulamiofficial) January 6, 2019
Watching Koffee with Karan (or however you spell it) with Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul and the toxic masculinity and racism egged on by Karan Johar’s giggles are the reason why Indian men are encouraged to unapologetically misogynistic. Unfortunate!
— Sanjana Chowhan (@Sanjanachowhan) January 6, 2019
A thread on all the creepy, misogynist, racist, and problematic things Hardik Pandya said on Koffee With Karan:
1) KJo: Why don’t you ask women’s names at nightclubs?
HP: I like to watch and observe how they move. I’m little from the Black side so I need to see how they move.
— Sreeparna Mazumder (@Sreeep) January 6, 2019
It might have been fun initially to watch two young sportsmen letting their guards down, but the obnoxious and misogynist attitude of Hardik Pandya just was too much to take in. At one time, cricket was called a gentleman’s sport. Where has all the class gone? #KoffeeWithKaran
— Medha Chatterjee (@moldyshorts16) January 6, 2019