Harbhajan, in conversation with India Today, said that while Hardik and Rahul thought that the comments only made them look cool, but instead they made a fool out of themselves. (ALSO READ: Virat Kohli’s career ODI numbers evident enough to intimidate Australia in three-match series)
“It [the suspension] was bound to happen. The BCCI has taken the right decision. That’s the way forward too. In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments. You don’t tell these kinds of things on national television. We don’t even discuss these things with our friends,” Harbhajan said.
“They have openly said.. ‘I have done this, I have done that’. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them. (FIND OUT! Virat Kohli had THIS player in mind as a replacement for Hardik Pandya)
“He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them.
“This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can’t go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You’re making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen.”
On Friday evening, the pair received a show-cause notice regarding their suspension from Supreme Court appointed CoA. Meanwhile, PTI reports suggest that an internal inquiry is being conducted whose results will be out in the next 15 days. But the suspension will be keeping the two out of the ODI series against Australia, and probably for the New Zealand series as well. (READ: Shikhar Dhawan back, Ravindra Jadeja to replace suspended Hardik Pandya)
“Look, the punishment could be a two-match or three-match ban. That will not change anything. Their reputation was at stake, they have lost the trust of their teammates. If he comes and stands next to you at a party, would you like to stand next to him? I will not travel with these two guys in the same bus because if my daughter, if my wife is travelling in the team bus.. how would they feel? You are looking at women in only one angle? That’s not right.
“It’s actually hurting us. He is bringing everyone’s reputation on the stake, including Sachin Tendulkar’s and all that of these great players who have played for the country for more than 20 years.
“He’s talking about using other teammates’ room. ‘C’mon man what are you talking about? You have been in the team for only one year. What do you know about the team?’
“We never created this kind of culture…party till 5 and come to play the next day. ‘You’re here to play cricket not to do this kind of stuff. When you have free time, you can enjoy, do what you want to do.’