We don’t align with Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul’s comments, says Virat Kohli

File image of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni

File image of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni

Inappropriate comments have cast a shadow over India's Test celebrations and ODI preparations, with Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul facing suspension amid a sexism scandal.

The connect grew stronger as skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri received honorary membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) ahead of the first ODI against Australia on January 12.

Pandya and Rahul's recent appearance on Indian talk show "Koffee with Karan", during which the former detailed how he bragged to his parents about losing his virginity, has created a storm in their homeland.

The Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai on Thursday recommended a two-ODI ban on Pandya and Rahul but fellow COA member Diana Edulji referred the matter to the BCCI's legal cell.

"From the combination and team balance point of view, yes, you'll have to think about the combination you'll need now", Kohli said.

Kohli is yet to hear from India's board whether Pandya, a gun allrounder who is normally an automatic selection in India's one-day team, is free to play Saturday's SCG series opener.

"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude".

Meanwhile, Hotstar - the streaming service for Star Network - has pulled down the episode following the controversy. "You don't have control over these things so you have to address it the way it unfolds".

"Definitely not going to dampen anything that we've achieved", he said. "That's how we are looking at it, the combinations will have to be looked at when the decision comes out and from there on we'll see what needs to be done about the whole situation".

"We are still waiting for a decision to be made but from the Indian cricket team point of view this changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room. I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers, we definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views", Kohli said. Pandya had later issued an apology, saying he got carried with the nature of the show.

All this has also taken the focus away from the historic Test series victory that India just registered earlier this week after beating Australia 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar series.

The skipper further said that both the players have realized their mistakes before confirming that the team-management is still waiting on the board's decision on the two, "Inappropriate comments and that has been communicated".