On Thursday, Vinod Rai, Chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had recommended a two-ODI ban on the duo but fellow member Diana Edulji had pushed for a legal opinion before deciding on the quantum of punishment. He also made culturally appropriative comments like he was from "Black culture" which is why he liked to concentrate on how women moved in nightclubs rather than asking their names. Apart from TV advertisements, Pandya has associations with brands such as Oppo, Gulf Oil, Sin Denim, DFY Sport and EUME on his social media as well, while Rahul endorses Curefit, Royal Stag, Puma and has been seen in a TVC for the Reserve Bank of India as well. The respect for cricketers in our country is vast and even foreign players say the reverence for the sport and its sportsmen is something else in our country.
Apart from the two cricketers' misogynist comments affecting them individually, it has also affected the Indian team's balance a day before the first ODI.
On the show, Pandya had also boasted about getting intimate with multiple women. "I said, 'Yeh, yeh, yeh [This, this, and this one]'", Pandya told Johar, while using his finger to gesture and mimic his actions.
He wrote, "After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologize to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way".
Earlier on Friday, breaking his silence on the allegedly sexist comments made by Pandya and Rahul, India skipper Virat Kohli denounced the duo's statements and said the team management is still waiting for a decision on them.
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Pandya apologised on Twitter later, saying he got a bit carried away by the nature of the show whereas Rahul remained silent. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.
The BCCI said that the both Pandya and Rahul were called upon to provide an explanation as to 'why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution within a period of 7 (seven) days.' "This is without prejudice to the BCCI's rights and contentions, all of which are hereby expressly reserved", it added.
"We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers do not support such views", Kohli said during the pre-match press conference in Sydney.
Kohli's side sealed its first Test series victory in Australia this week when the fourth match ended in a draw. "This definitely was going to happen".