Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul came under the spotlight overnight for the wrong reasons following an episode on a famous Indian talk show.
The players made certain sexist and derogatory comments which wasn’t taken lightly by the audience. Due to this reason, the two of them faced severe backlash from the community. Situations took a turn for the worse when both of them got suspended by the BCCI. On top of that, each of them had to pay a fine amounting to INR 20 lakhs.
Even after paying their dues, the audience did not let them off the hook. They continued to face the negative remarks. In fact, Hardik Pandya faced it much worse than KL Rahul.
Pandya recalls the incident saying how the two of them took time from each other and focused on their careers following their suspension. Even though the two of them faced similar suspensions, Pandya went back to the national team while Rahul had to play for India A first.
Fortunately, their friendship was not affected due to this. Hardik Pandya recalls how KL Rahul continued to remain the same brother, friend, and teammate he had always been.
“KL is a brother to me we have been in all scenarios together. From going up, having success…..going down in the same boat. Then coming up differently. For me….whatever ever happened..after suspension I was straight into the Indian team. He had to go to play for India A. He was there in the team then he had to play India A.”
“Our friendship never got…. We took one month off from each other…..it was needed. The stress level was so much at that time. KL never changed..the friendship stayed. Yes, become calmer than what he was. He has been some. We still love each other.”