Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya issued an apology to the fans after he was brutally slammed for his 'creepy' remarks on Karan Johar's show - Koffee with Karan. Pandya along with batsman KL Rahul featured on the show, where the former was called out for his'misogynistic' and 'creepy' comments on the coveted couch.
The 25-year-old, who flew to Australia for the last two Tests after recovering from a back injury, didn't get a game but managed to grab enough attention to be slammed.
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Pandya took to social media to apologise to the fans.
"After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments. Respect," Pandya wrote on his Instagram handle.
The all-rounder's apology comes days after the show was aired on Sunday, where he made a few comments which turned out to be 'misogynistic' according to Twitterati. Here's a sample of what was said on the show.
Karan Johar: "Why don't you ask women their name in a club? What do you talk about, then?"
Hardik Pandya: "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move."
On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and spoke about how open he is with his parents, saying he had once told them after losing his virginity, "aaj mai kar ke aaya."
When the host of the show asked him why didn't he ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move."
A barrage of instant criticism started coming Pandya's way, prompting the Indian Cricket Board to consider banning players from appearing on such chat shows.
The BCCI had Tuesday taken note of his "crass and cringeworthy comments" on the chat show and had ticked him off.
The all-rounder who makes a return from injury, will hope to brush aside his social life woes and focus on the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia which begins January 12 in Sydney.