The start of 2019 was nothing less than a disaster for India star Hardik Pandya. The India star had landed in a huge controversy because of his comments on chat show Koffee with Karan. He had attended the show with his teammate KL Rahul.
The comments from them 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. Their World Cup participation was also in doubt but the BCCI ombudsman gave them a big respite by not suspending them any further.
Hardik Pandya recently opened up on that episode in a candid chat with cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz. The allrounder admitted that he is the sort of person who accepts his mistakes and moves on in order to ensure he doesn’t repeat them again.
“When that happened, I said to myself let’s just accept it and try to correct the mistake. If I would’ve not accepted that mistake, that part would have still been in me. That phase does not bother me any more because my family has accepted it,” he said.
The 26-year old further opened up on how his family had to face tough times due to the entire episode. He said that his family got abused as he rued that his family had to face problems because of his actions.
“I’m a family guy. Without family, I am no one. My family is my backbone. The Hardik Pandya you’re seeing right now is because of the people behind the scenes, looking after me. They make sure that I am mentally stable and I stay happy,” said Hardik Pandya.
“My family got abused. My father gave an interview post the incident and people made a mockery of it. What hurt me the most was my action caused my family problems, and that’s not acceptable,” he added.