Rahul Dravid has urged people not to overreact to the controversy surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. A few weeks back, both Pandya and Rahul appeared on celebrity talk show Koffee With Karan Season 6 and made misogynist comments. The duo was eventually suspended from the national duty. Dravid, who has worked with both Pandya and Rahul, has now expressed his views on the controversy.
“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 overreact please.,” Dravid told The Hindu. Hardik Pandya & KL Rahul Get Support From Allan Border, Former Australian Captain Calls the Indefinite Suspension Harsh and Over the Top
“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 can’t abuse the system,” he added.
Dravid further added that the youngsters should learn from seniors in the dressing room. “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,” Dravid said. Will Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s Absence in Indian Team Post KWK 6 Controversy Be a Blessing in Disguise During 2019 Series Against New Zealand?
"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 can't be everything was great earlier and everything is bad today,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Pandya-Rahul controversy has landed in the Supreme Court and the next hearing is scheduled for January 25.