India allrounder Hardik Pandya has insisted he was never a misogynist while also claiming that he didn’t even know the meaning of the word. The India star was recently speaking about the huge controversy that took place because of his comments on chat show Koffee with Karan in 2019.
He had attended the show with his teammate KL Rahul. The comments from him were deemed sexist and misogynistic by many and the two cricketers soon faced repercussions. Both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were asked to return home from the Australia tour and were also suspended.
Time and again, Hardik Pandya has called the controversy one of the most darkest phase in his life and recently opened up on the same again, in a recent interview with the Times of India. The 27-year-old said that it took him some time to understand what the word ‘misogynistic’ meant.
“I really didn’t know what ‘misogynistic’ meant. At first, I laughed thinking it was some word being used to make fun of me. Then a friend said, it means “someone who strongly dislikes women,” Hardik Pandya told TOI.
“How can I dislike women? Mom, didi (sister), bhabhi (sister-in-law), Natasa – they’re all women. I adore them. My home is all about women. We are, because they are,” he added.
Hardik Pandya further revealed how tough it was for him to handle the entire scenario. He locked himself him up in the room as he highlighted the support of his family.
“For the first time, I wasn’t in control of my own life. Everything around me started to crumble. I had to lock myself up. If not for my family, I’d have lost a great deal of everything. They were and continue to remain the backbone – the women in my family,” he said.
Hardik Pandya is currently in Australia with Team India. The allrounder has started the tour on a stunning note, playing knocks of 90 and 92* in the ODIs. He will be eyeing a similar performance in the Test series.