It is not that players didn’t make mistakes in the past: Rahul Dravid on Pandya-Rahul KWK Controversy

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 03:12 AM IST
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Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul landed themselves with their sexist and misogynistic comments made on Koffee with Karan. Since then, former and current players have come forward expressing their views on the controversy. And now joining the list of players, ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid has urged people to not over-react on the matter. Dravid feels players need to be educated on how to conduct themselves off-field which he has been doing for years as a coach of India A and U-19 players.

“It is not that players did not make mistakes in the past. 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 quoted in The Hindu.

Dravid asked to make players understand the importance of their roles and responsibilities as the cricketers are looked up as a role model for the upcoming generations. “Players come from different teams and their roles of responsibility need to be addressed. Issues will always be there and we have to educate and guide then. 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. The best learning process happens in the dressing room from your seniors. But we should not over-react,” Dravid further added.

“People forget in the past also incidents have happened. Today it gets highlighted more but I agree we need to keep mentoring them, educating them because challenges today are different on and off the field. They have to remember their responsibilities as Indian cricketers. It can’t be everything was great earlier and everything is bad today.”

Meanwhile, at present, the SC monitored CoA is mulling a behavioural counselling programme for the Indian team in the wake of the furore. BCCI has also suspended the batsmen till the decision.

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