My son hasn’t stepped out of the house since return from Australia, says Hardik Pandya’s father

Hardik Pandya’s father, Himanshu, revealed on Wednesday that his son hasn’t left the house since his return from Australia and watched the second ODI at his Baroda home.

The flamboyant cricketer, along with his fellow teammate, KL Rahul, has been receiving a lot of flak from several quarters for his sexist comments on Karan Johar’s talk show Koffee With Karan.

Pandya has been suspended for an indefinite period for their comments. The duo was asked for an explanation about their alleged misconduct and indiscipline to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Pandya’s father told Mid-day that he saw India beat Australia in the second ODI. “He watched the match. Ever since he has returned from Australia, he has not stepped out of the house. He is also not taking any calls… he is just taking rest,” he added.

He also said that Pandya is very “disappointed” with the suspension and repents the views he expressed on the TV show, the report added. His father also said that though Hardik is fond of flying kites and had a chance to fly kites this year, the celebrations were silenced because of the controversy which surrounded him after appearing on the popular show Koffee with Karan.

“He is very disappointed with the suspension and repents the views he expressed on the TV show. He is committed not to repeat the same mistake. We have decided not to talk to him on this subject. Even his elder brother Krunal has not discussed anything about the episode with him. We are waiting for the BCCI’s decision,” Pandya’s father further revealed to the news daily.

The controversy

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul recently made their debut on the TV show, Koffee with Karan, where they talked on many topics ranging from how they spend their time off-field, romanticizing women and their personal life. However, a few comments made by the duo raked up a storm on social media and elsewhere. Labeled as “racist” and “misogynist”, the comments landed the rising cricketers in troubled waters.

Apart from being slammed by fans and former cricketers, the young cricketers were also slapped with suspensions from a few tours. Pandya and Rahul had both tendered unconditional apologies for their sexist comments. The duo gave their statements on Tuesday to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, initiating the inquiry.