Rahul Dravid: Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul can still be ‘role models’ post Koffee With Karan row

Indian cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have come under scrutiny lately after they got banned post their controversial comments in Koffee With Karan.

The ban on both the cricketers were lifted by Committee of Administrators (COA) headed by Vind Rai. All-rounder Hardik Pandya joined the Indian camp playing in New Zealand whereas KL Rahul will join India A.

“I am glad the suspension has been lifted. There is an inquiry in process which must be completed,” Dravid said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo and added, “No one is brushing this under the carpet. The players have been the first people to admit that they made a mistake. They already have suffered a lot publicly. It is time to move on. We also need to ensure we don’t overreact. At no stage are you condoning their action or the behaviour.”

Rahul also said that probably one shouldn’t form an opinion on the two cricketers based on that one episode. 

“I somehow just don’t feel that interview truly reflected the players. Hopefully, they will come back better and stronger from this. I will say honestly, I do believe that both of them have not yet achieved their obvious potential that they both have, and maybe this might be the catalyst that would lead them to reflect and help them reach the level and potential they can achieve in all forms of the game. If they can do that they can certainly be role models,” Dravid stated.

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