'Focus now is to prepare for World Cup', says Virat Kohli

  • 'Focus now is to prepare for World Cup', says Virat Kohli

'Focus now is to prepare for World Cup', says Virat Kohli

Indian captain Virat Kohli has distanced himself from what he believes were "inappropriate" comments made by teammates Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul who could reportedly be banned for up to two matches after their sexist remarks on Indian television.

The decision comes after Rai's colleague in the CoA, former India women's captain, Diana Edulji recommended suspension till further action against the two.

"I have played enough cricket in the last five years and I can not comment on even the first thing I do when I retire because I don't feel like I am going to pick up the bat again", he said.

There are chances that both the players might be suspended by the BCCI for their insensitive comments and the reaction it has got from the masses.

Appearing on the show, Pandya was asked about how he approached women in nightclubs, to which he replied: "You are just watching and observing how they move". However, Kohli stressed it doesn't impact the spirit of the side.

"Definitely it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right".

Pandya bragged about his prowess with women during the interview with Karan Johar, which also involved opening batsman KL Rahul, sparking concern about the culture within the Indian cricket squad.

"We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions. So it's good that we have someone like Jadeja who can do the all-rounder's role if a scenario like that occurs", Kohli said on the eve of the first ODI against Australia.

The three-match series will end on January 18.

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

Pandya has already apologised for his comments, which were widely slammed on social media. The all-rounder, in response, said he was sincerely regretful and would not repeat the behaviour. "It will be a sad day if he doesn't come back to Australia after this tour, he's a brilliant entertainer and someone that people pay money to come through the gates to watch". A final decision on the matter is still awaited. The middle order comprises of Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell. "Once I am done, I will be done, and I won't be seen around the scene", Kohli said.

"I will be spent, the day I finish I will be totally spent and that's the reason I am going to stop playing cricket".