‘Let’s not overreact’: Rahul Dravid’s take on Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul controversy

New Delhi: Former Indian cricketer and current coach of the India-A team, Rahul Dravid has given a piece of his mind on the ongoing Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul controversy. The two cricketers made “insensitive” remarks on women during an episode of a popular TV show.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended the two cricketers for their inappropriate comments on the TV show. Their fate will be decided by an ombudsman, which will be appointed by the Supreme Court.

Regarding the matter, Dravid told The Hindu that Pandya and Rahul’s controversy is not the first in Indian cricket.

“It is not that players did not make mistakes in the past,” he said. “It is not that mistakes will not be made in the future despite our best efforts to educate the youth. But let us not overreact please.”

Dravid, the coach of the Indian Under-19 team, added that his players had lectures and workshops on “building roles of responsibility” before the last two Under-19 World Cups.

Dravid said that players, who join the national side from different states, need to be educated on their responsibilities.

“We can look to be meaningful and impactful in grooming them at the NCA (National Cricket Academy),” he suggested. “This training has to be done at various levels, from homes to schools and then the dressing room at the state level.”

“They should be told they can’t abuse the system. I learnt from watching seniors in Karnataka, from parents and coaches. They were my role models. No one sat me down and gave me a lecture. I observed and learnt.”

Dravid has played an important role in shaping the careers of most Indian youngsters in the Indian cricketing set-up. Recently, Indian chief selector MSK Prasad had said that he consulted Dravid before including Shubman Gill in the Indian squad. “We have discussed with Rahul (Dravid), that Shubman is ready for international cricket. The best part is the clutch of A tours which has made all these players battle ready for the biggest challenge,” Prasad had said.