Don't overreact to Hardik-Rahul situation: Dravid tells critics

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 10:22 hrs
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Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has become the latest celebrity to join the group expressing its views on the Koffee with Karan Controversy surrounding KL Rahula and Hardik Pandya. Just like his batting, the 'Wall' has reacted to the drama in the simplest way possible. His advice to the critics - Please don't 'overreact'.

For their comments on the chat show Koffee with Karan, Hardik and Rahul have been suspended and as a result, have missed the ODI series in Australia and are also not part of the squad that is in New Zealand for the ODI and T20I series.

Dravid, the head coach of India U-19 and the India A teams, feels those critical of the pair's comments should not take things too far as this isn't the first time mistakes have been made and it wouldn't be the last either.

"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 told The Hindu.

The 46-year-old, whose role as a coach is also to mentor the youngsters, feels players should understand their roles and responsibilities.

"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 them. 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. 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," opined one of the nicest players to have ever stepped on a field.