The controversy surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul just keeps growing by each passing day, as more and more personalities voice their opinion on the issue. By now you probably know that the sexist comments made by the duo on a chat show led them to a lot of trouble. The players have been suspended since the show aired and are currently awaiting a decision from an ombudsman appointed by the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, a number of players have spoken up about the incident, the latest being Rahul Dravid, widely considered as a gentleman of the sport.
Dravid is currently the head coach of India’s A team and the U-19 squad. Speaking to The Hindu, Dravid said that this is not the first instance of players making a mistake and that people should not overreact. “It is not that players did not make mistakes in the past. It is not that mistakes will not be made in the future despite our best efforts to educate the youth. But let us not overreact please,” he had said.
The former India captain said that such incidents these days get more highlight but there is a need to mentor the players. “Today it gets highlighted more but I agree we need to keep mentoring them, educating them because challenges today are different on and off the field. They have to remember their responsibilities as Indian cricketers. It can’t be everything was great earlier and everything is bad today.”
Dravid had coached Pandya and KL Rahul at the junior level. It was earlier reported that the BCCI was considering to schedule counselling sessions for members of the senior squad, the U-19 team and India A team.