There is no forgiving cricketer Hardik Pandya for his Koffee With Karan stint, where he irked one and all with his sexist, misogynistic and degrading comments. And while nobody wanted to actually hear about the cricketer’s off-field conquests, we all did and were not at all pleased. The controversy surrounding the episode also featuring K L Rahul, erupted to humungous proportions, so much so that Hotstar pulled it off its site and both Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul faced a ban. Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul Tender Unconditional Apology After Sexist Remarks on Koffee With Karan 6
There was also a huge debate on whether or not cricketers should grace shows that have nothing to do with cricket. However, both the cricketers were lucky enough to be let off after a strict warning by BCCI and ever since, have been focusing on their performance at the on-going India V/S New Zealand ODI series. Hardik Pandya – KL Rahul Fiasco: COA Lifts Ban on Cricketers With Immediate Effect, May Get Chance to Play in T20Is Against New Zealand
The fifth match that is happening today, started off on a dim note with most of India’s prized batsmen getting dismissed. However, it was Hardik Pandya’s game that saved face. Sunil Gavaskar Hails Hardik Pandya’s Comeback, Says the All-Rounder Adds Balance to the Team
However, his efforts only encouraged memes and jokes on the cricketer, which we have to admit, were extremely hilarious, all thanks to the Koffee With Karan references. See some of them below.
— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) February 3, 2019
This one is on his famous 'Mai Karke Aaya' dialogue:
— Economist Smoking Skills (@SmokingSkills_) February 3, 2019
There is a Lagaan reference also:
— Shahid Shaikh (@thatArsenalKid) January 28, 2019
Here's another one:
— Astronaut 🐒 (@TheRobustRascal) February 3, 2019
This one will really crack you up:
— Rohit Tiwary (@Imrt227) February 3, 2019
There were also a few others who came out in support of the cricketer:
Hardik Pandya after today's match... pic.twitter.com/PDt4UUNBh6
— SON OF DIAMETER (@ronitvyas170) February 3, 2019
As far as @hardikpandya7 knows his responsibility on ground, I think no other factors should finish him!
— Hiren Sheth (@ShethHiru) February 3, 2019
After all the critism from netizens; @hardikpandya7 bounced back!
— Anything&Everything (@swatidiaries) February 3, 2019
There were also reports of how Koffee With Karan would cease to return with its next season owing to the controversies. The episode, Karan Johar and K L Rahul, who were not saying much, but giggling to Hardik Pandya's comments, were also subject to extreme amounts of backlash. Karan Johar, in particular, was at the receiving end where many felt that as the host and the maker of the show, Karan had the power to stop Hardik and limit his obnoxious comments, but he did not, for the sake of viewership.