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Former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly came in support of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, following a controversy over their appearance on a television chat show.
The former skipper and legendary cricketer defended the players, saying, "people make mistakes but everyone should move on and ensure it doesn`t happen again".
Speaking at the trailer launch of ‘22 Yards’ at a suburb, Ganguly said he hasn’t seen the ‘Koffee with Karan’ episode in which Pandya and Rahul’s misogynistic comments on women led to a provisional suspension on them. But he offered a sympathetic view on the under-fire duo.
“People make mistakes, let’s not go too far here. I am sure, whoever has done it will realise and come out a better person. We are human beings, not machines that we will always be perfect. We should move on and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Certain things happen in life and like everyone, we should move on and make sure that it doesn`t happen again," Ganguly said on the raging controversy.
Most cricketers are “great guys, they (cricketers) are humble, every now and then one or two make mistakes but I know most of them personally and they are great guys,” he added.
He said India has produced great cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli over the years.
Look at Virat Kohli, he is such a fantastic role model. India is a fortunate country. Every generation produces players who all of us cherish."
"There was Sunil Gavaskar and when he retired, people thought who is next, then Sachin Tendulkar came and when Tendulkar retired, people again asked who is next then people saw Virat Kohli. So, we are a very fortunate country in terms of sports and a lot of these cricketers are fantastic human beings because they come from very middle-class backgrounds and fight their way up."
Pandya and Rahul were forced to return midway through the ongoing ODI series against Australia and India captain Virat Kohli condemned their statements on hookups with multiple women as “inappropriate.”