The controversy heated up to such an extent that on Friday the duo was excluded from India's ODI series-opener against Australia after Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji recommended a suspension pending inquiry for their controversial comments on women. Responding to the criticism, he said that the public should not make too much of Hardik's comments as they were made on a lighter note with the intention of entertaining the audience.
The comments triggered social media outrage, and prompted Pandya to release a statement apologising for his behaviour, saying he got "carried away by the nature of the show". "When you have free time, do what you want", the 38-old player said about his former Mumbai Indians colleague.
Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and spoke about how he has an open discussion with his parents. "As a responsible platform, we have removed the episode from Hotstar with immediate effect". He also said that their personal opinions are not the view of the Indian cricket team.
They were omitted from the line-up for the opening match in Sydney but now it seems they won't be in the mix even for the limited-overs tour of New Zealand beginning 23 January.
As the controversy built up in the following days, Pandya took to Twitter Wednesday to issue an apology: "After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who [sic] I may have hurt in any way".
The thought of a talk show making life hard for so many people never came across anyone's mind until India opening batsman Lokesh Rahul and all-rounder Hardik Pandya made their presence felt (in its truest sense) on renowned talk show Koffee With Karan. "I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move".
The cricketer said "And I actually had to tell them". He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. "This one", pointing out the women he slept with and he further added that how his family was proud of him. "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".
"From the Indian cricket team's point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the changing room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create".