The coffee on the popular celebrity chat show has cost, Hardik Pandya almost everything, from his reputation to suspension from cricket. On Friday evening, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) suspended both the players, Hardik and KL Rahul until further notice and has been sent home from the Australian tour. It even cost him the sponsorship deals also, Gillette has broken all the ties with Pandya, who was in October 2017, to launch Gillette MACH 3 Start.
However, former wicket-keeper and Chief selector Kiran More feels that Pandya has learnt his lessons from the mistakes he committed on the show and will play a crucial role for India the upcoming mary tournament, World Cup 2019.
“We all make mistakes and we all learn from them. He is new to international cricket and I am sure he has learnt his lessons [from this incident]. I am sure, he will be a changed person. We will have a heart-to-heart conversation once he is back. Hardik is a very nice guy and an honest person. He has reached this level purely on his talent and skills. He is a hard worker. His priority is cricket and that will never change till the time he is playing.
“Since he was making a comeback into the team after an injury, it is important he gets enough game time [playing ODIs] before the World Cup [in June]. He is an important cog in the Indian team and lends a lot of balance. I am hoping he will be allowed to play in the New Zealand series. The Indian team and the BCCI have invested a lot in nurturing Hardik. I am confident all those efforts will not go waste,” More told mid-day.
Earlier, taking to Twitter, Pandya posted, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”
On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and also how open he has been about it with his parents.
When asked why he didn’t ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”