NEW DELHI: India cricketer Hardik Pandya’s ‘misogynist’ remarks on women in a TV show has stirred uproar in the country with the India cricket chiefs asking the cricketer to explain his comment.
Despite apologies by Hardik Pandya, the remarks that sparked social media outrage.
Pandya said he “got a bit carried away” as he explained his bragging about his prowess with women on the show that aired Sunday.
Pandya and batsman Lokesh Rahul have both been ordered to explain their comments. Both are currently on India´s tour of Australia.
“We have sent show cause notices to Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul for their comments,” Board of Control for Cricket in India administrator Vinod Rai said.
“They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation.”
The announcement came only a few hours after the 25-year-old Pandya posted his apology on social media.
“After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way,” Pandya said on Twitter.
“Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone´s sentiments. Respect,” he added.
The show hosted by Bollywood producer and director Karan Johar encourages guests to open up on personal matters.
Pandya, who was in the squad that beat Australia for the first time in an away Test series, boasted about his success with multiple women.
“I like to watch and observe how they move,” he said adding how he paid particular attention to “the backside”.
Pandya and Rahul also caused a social media stir for comments on the same show when they said current India skipper Virat Kohli was a better batsman than the country´s cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.