The controversy that Hardik Pandya started on popular chat show, Koffee With Karan, doesn’t seem like it will stop following him around for a while.
Hardik Pandya may have faced a two-match ban after his misogynistic remarks on Koffee With Karan, and then returned to cricket, but the world is still holding him accountable for it – and a woman spectator just leveled up her game, by switching from Internet trolling to ‘real world trolling.’
A female spectator held up a banner that read, “Pandya Aaj Karke Aaya Kya?” at the T20 international between India and New Zealand on February 8.
This is a direct reference to Hardik Pandya’s comment on the talk-show where he said that when he lost his virginity he came back and told his parents, “Aaj karke aaya.” A picture of the spectator holding the banner up at the New Zealand match soon went viral on the Internet.
However, Pandya was not the only one who was booed over his sexist remarks disrespecting women. On Friday, multiple posters appeared at the Eden Park ground, the venue of the second T20I, which referred to #MeToo and consent. One of the posters said: “Wake up, NZ Cricket, #MeToo”.
The posters were directed at Kuggeleijn, who was accused of raping a woman in a Hamilton East flat on 17 May, 2015. The case went to trial in 2016 where there was a hung jury, and again in 2017, where the jury declared him not guilty.