“I am glad the suspension has been lifted. There is an inquiry in process which must be completed,” Dravid said and added, “No one is brushing this under the carpet. The players have been the first people to admit that they made a mistake. They already have suffered a lot publicly. It is time to move on. We also need to ensure we don’t overreact. At no stage are you condoning their action or the behaviour.” Rahul also said that probably one shouldn’t form an opinion on the two cricketers based on that one episode.
Unless you are living under a rock, it is well known that Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were at the receiving end recently over their misogynist comments in the episode of Koffee With Karan. Though Hardik apologised later on, BCCI had imposed a temporary suspension on them which was lifted a few days later. Rahul Dravid, in a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo said that he is glad that the suspension on the duo is lifted and said that if they explore their true potentials, they can be role models.
“I somehow just don’t feel that interview truly reflected the players. Hopefully, they will come back better and stronger from this. I will say honestly, I do believe that both of them have not yet achieved their obvious potential that they both have, and maybe this might be the catalyst that would lead them to reflect and help them reach the level and potential they can achieve in all forms of the game. If they can do that they can certainly be role models,” Dravid stated.
Moving on, Pandya will now be seen playing for India in New Zealand, while Rahul will play for India A against England Lions.