Hardik Pandya has made January of his own; courtesy his controversy on Koffee with Karan. He along with KL Rahul had appeared on the famous TV show only to see themselves land in hot waters. As a few of their remarks were deemed ‘sexist’ and ‘crass’ by the BCCI and CoA officials, and social media too; the pair is currently serving suspension pending inquiry. However, former Australia captain, Michael Clarke has come in support of the all-rounder; saying his presence is needed for India in England for the mega event.

I am confident he’ll be part of WC squad – Clark

The World Cup-winning captain, Clarke knows how much crucial of a role an all-rounder plays in the team. Speaking on getting the right balance for the side, Clarke said Hardik’s name should be there for the mega event. Also, he opined, Hardik with his all-round abilities can win India matches of his own as well.

Hardik Pandya, Michael Clarke
Clarke says Pandya is needed for the 2019 World Cup. Image Courtesy: Getty

“A talented player like Hardik is very necessary for the balance of the side. He can win games alone with his batting and I am confident he will be in that World Cup squad,” Clarke was quoted as saying in Times Now.

Not only this, Clarke said earning money is nothing when you can’t gain anyone’s respect. On what had unfolded in Koffee with Karan, Michael added respecting individuals, elders and professions are musts.

“How much money you have earned is irrelevant because most important thing is to earn and give respect. I think it all starts with how you have been brought up. Respecting every individual is very important. It starts with respecting elders regardless of profession,” he added.

Everyone makes mistakes, and move on – Michael Clarke

Hardik Pandya, Michael Clarke
Pandya deserves a second chance, says Clarke. Image Courtesy: Getty

On the suspension being imposed on the pair, and on being responsible as sportspersons, Clarke said,

“Professional sportspersons are role models, recognized and they have a responsibility. Having said that, everyone makes mistakes and one needs to move on and learn from them,” Clarke concluded.