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‘My family got abused, people made a mockery of my father – Hardik Pandya

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Hardik Pandya, well known Indian cricketer, had a rough start to the year 2019. He attended the popular show ‘Koffee with Karan’ and made some comments, which were deemed as sexist and misogynistic. This led to a huge fiasco. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) didn’t take time in suspending him and fellow cricketer KL Rahul, who was also a part of the show. Their career was on the line.

In a recent interview going down the memory lane, Pandya said that after the incident, he and his family had to face abuses. The cricketer said that people even went to the extent of making fun of his father after his father gave an interview. A guilt-ridden Hardik reckons that his actions gave his family troubles.

Pandya said, “My family got abused. My father gave an interview post the incident and people made a mockery of it. What hurt me the midterm was my action caused my family problems, and that’s not acceptable.

Eventually, the cricketer made a return to Team India in the New Zealand tour and played the World Cup as well. Pandya told how he tried to make amends and also stated that the dark phase doesn’t bother him anymore. He also credited the ones who had his back during the mishap.

“When that happened, I said to myself let’s just accept it and try to correct the mistake. If I would’ve not accepted that mistake, that part would have still been in me. That phrase does not bother me anymore because my family has accepted it,” he said.

“I am a family guy. Without family, I am no one. My family is my backbone. The Hardik Pandya you’re seeing right now is because of the people behind the scenes, looking after me. They make sure that I am mentally stable and I stay happy,” Pandya added.

Hardik’s life has taken a drastic turn in 2020. To start with, he got engaged to Serbian actress and model Nataša Stankovíc. Recently, Hardik announced that he and Natasa are going to be parents soon. The couple also posted pictures together. They shared pictures where they are seen performing a ritual, which is similar to getting married.