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'Let Us Not Over React Please' Rahul Dravid Urges People Over Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul Controversy

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| January 22 , 2019 , 17:57 IST

Former Indian cricketer and current India 'A' team coach, Rahul Dravid on Tuesday opened up on the recent Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul 'sexist' comments made by them on Koffee with Karan show.

Both of Pandya and Rahul was ruled out of the ODI series against Australia and are now set to miss the whole New Zealand tour. Rahul Dravid has asked people 'not to overreact'.

Many former cricketers have expressed their opinion over the controversy. Now, Dravid - who has coached Pandya and Rahul at junior level -- has spoken about the ongoing fiasco.

Speaking to The Hindu the former Indian captain said, "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 over react please."

"Players come from different teams and their roles of responsibility need to be addressed. Issues will always be there and we have to educate and guide them. They should be told they cannot abuse the system. I learnt from watching seniors in Karnataka, from parents and coaches. They were my role models. No one sat me down and gave me a lecture. I observed and learnt. The best learning process happens in the dressing room from your seniors. But we should not overreact," Dravid said.

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Further Dravid added, "People forget in the past also incidents have happened. 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 cannot be everything was great earlier and everything is bad today."

CoA chief Vinod Rai admitted to the need of grooming youngsters in the right manner before they get overawed with the limelight and attention that the sport offers.

"This has been my concern and, in fact recommendation, for youngsters in the game. I have already started the process for the same. We will start in the NCA (National Cricket Academy) with all players U-23 - all categories,” Rai said.

BCCI operations manager Saba Karim also commented on the importance of teaching youngsters the value of 'handling the media, understanding the laws and managing finances'.