Rahul, the more restrained of the two during the interview by film-maker Karan Johar, has not yet reacted to the social media storm. This did not end there as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took note of the incident and sent showcause notices to the duo.
"It is surprising that the matter is being sought to be disposed of hurriedly and surreptitiously as in the earlier case of sexual harassment (against Rahul Johri)", Amitabh Choudhary, the acting secretary of the BCCI, wrote in reply to CoA member Diana Edulji's request for legal opinion.
Sunil Gavaskar insisted it's up to the officials to deal with the Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul issue and pointed out that the controversy surrounding Rahul and Hardik is vastly different from the ball-tampering issue that led to bans slapped on former Australia captain and vice-captain, Steve Smith and David Warner.
The announcement came only a few hours after the 25-year-old Pandya posted his apology on social media. "As far as I am concerned, the comments were crass, in bad taste and unacceptable", Vinod Rai said.
The 25-year-old later said he got carried away by the "nature of the show" and is now busy drafting a response to the BCCI show cause notice. "However, the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her go ahead", Rai told the news agency.
Although Hardik Pandya has apologised, he may still not be out of troubled waters.
Anirudh also demanded an investigation into how the two players appeared on an entertainment show.
Three days after the celebrity chat show aired on January 6, the two cricketers on January 9, were issued show cause notices by the BCCI, which took note of the massive outrage on social media and elsewhere. It is expected that Pandya may eventually get a two-match ban but Rahul may escape with a rap on the knuckle. I had asked Diana (Edulji) to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip.
Pandya also boasted about not knowing women's names at parties and telling his parents the day he lost his virginity.
". the sheer disrespect and sexist way these guys discussed women and relationships made me cringe", was one response on Twitter.
According to a source, his comments were deemed "crass and cringeworthy" and might have a bearing on whether Indian cricketers appear on "such non-cricket shows" after this.