India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya had the worst start to 2019. This happened because of his misogynist comments on the popular talk-show Koffee With Karan. Another Indian cricketer KL Rahul also attended the show with Pandya.
Since that episode was aired, both of them have received heavy backlash. Their comments were labelled as ‘sexist’ and ‘misogynistic’. Almost the entire cricketing fraternity expressed their distaste regarding the matter.
The Committee of Administrators of BCCI handed a ban to both of them until further inquiry. Later the ban was lifted until the appointment of an ombudsman. As a result both of them were allowed to play cricket.
Rahul joined India A for their series against England Lions at home. On the other hand, Pandya flew to New Zealand to be part of the senior team. He played the last three ODIs in the recently concluded ODIs. But when it seemed that everything has settled, Pandya once again finds himself in trouble.
According to some reports from News 18, an advocate has lodged a police case against Pandya at Luni police station in Jodhpur. The police case was registered for Pandya’s use of vulgar language against women on the talk-show. Police have registered the case in it act and SC/ST act.
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Pandya makes solid comeback on field
The star all-rounder made an impressive comeback after joining the senior side. In the third ODI, he picked up two wickets. Along with that he took an excellent catch to dismiss Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson.
Based on his all-round performance India won the third ODI. In that game itself India sealed the five-match series. Hardik also played a crucial role in the fifth and final ODI, helping India win the series 4-1.
He scored a quickfire 45 runs off 22 balls, which included 5 over-boundaries. Pandya helped India recover from a stuttering start and eventually posted 252 on board. With the ball he took two important wickets, among which there was the crucial wicket of Ross Taylor.