Virat Kohli: We don't support 'inappropriate' team-mate comments

India have suspended opening batsman KL Rahul and all-rounder Hardik Pandya with immediate effect following the controversial comments they made on a recent television show.

He also shared that he openly identifies the women he sleeps with to his parents: "At a party my parents asked me acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai (Which are your women)?" The episode aired on Sunday and the cricketers' comments sparked a storm on social media.

The BCCI on Saturday directed both the players to immediately return from Australia in the middle of the series adding that the board will send their replacements soon. "I said, 'Yeh, yeh, yeh [This, this, and this one]'", Pandya told Johar, while using his finger to gesture and mimic his actions.

".We definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views".

In the throwback video, Ranveer says that he used to watch Kareena Kapoor swimming in Otters Club and that is when he turned into a boy from a child.

"We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers do not support such views", Kohli said during the pre-match press conference in Sydney. Quick Proceedings vs Cover Up Job: CoA Members Diana Edulji & Vinod Rai Differ in Opinions on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul "Sexist Remarks" Controversy.

"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude".

The comments triggered social media outrage, and prompted Pandya to release a statement apologising for his behaviour, saying he got "carried away by the nature of the show". In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

India go into the game on the back of a 2-1 Test series win over their hosts - the first time they have won a contest in the longer format of the game in Australia.

The length of their suspensions is not known, but the duo look set to miss the one-day worldwide series in Australia, starting today, and the limited-overs tour of New Zealand.

Terming the BCCI's decision to take punitive measures against the two India cricketers, Harbhajan said, "The BCCI did the right thing, and this is also the way forward".

  • Stacy Allen