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Pandya-Rahul Needed ‘Rap on the Knuckles’, Says Coach Shastri

The duo were temporarily suspended, and await an inquiry into their controversial ‘Koffee With Karan’ appearance.

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File picture of KL Rahul (left) and Hardik Pandya, who were temporarily suspended from Indian cricket for their controversial comments on Koffee With Karan.
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India's head coach Ravi Shastri says Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul needed “the rap on their knuckles” after their controversial appearance on a popular TV chat show.

Pandya and Rahul were in the eye of a massive storm following their sexist comments on Koffee With Karan in January, and were temporarily suspended after a huge furore over their actions.

“Pandya and Rahul needed the wrap on their knuckles. They would have learnt a lot from what happened, which is good.”
Ravi Shastri to Mirror Now
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The show, which was aired on 6 January, saw Pandya and Rahul talk extensively about their relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses. Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents on the matter.

“You are bound to make mistakes and you are bound to be punished at times but that’s not the end of the world. Such experiences just help players to come back stronger, harder and wiser.”
Ravi Shastri to Mirror Now

In an interview set to be aired on Mirror Now, Shastri was also asked about the differences in opinion between the BCCI and the team over partners of cricketers travelling with them on long overseas tours.

“The players know if it is going to affect their performances they will take the decision accordingly. When you see the amount of time they spend away from home, you got to be practical there.”

“But yes, if it is big event like a World Cup or a big tournament where you need the boys to be absolutely focused 24x7 then it’s different, but otherwise (in) this day and age you got to be practical and be a little open minded.”
Ravi Shastri to Mirror Now

Shastri also said that there is immense mutual respect between captain Virat Kohli and his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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