"From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don't support and the two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened", Kohli said at the SCG ahead of the opening ODI against Australia. Speaking on the eve of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney, Kohli said that the comments made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul do not concur with the views of the dressing room.
Kohli described the news as "unfortunate" and made it clear he - or anyone in the Indian cricket team for that matter - did not agree with the comments shared by the players on the light-hearted television segment that was filmed a year ago.
While Rahul has not been a regular in the 50-over set up, Pandya has featured when fit.
The BCCI initially issued show-cause notices to Pandya and Rahul and now there are reports the pair could be banned for two matches for their conduct.
Kohli distanced himself and his team from the views that Pandya and Rahul, who was unlikely to play this weekend regardless, had expressed about women.
Kohli is yet to hear from India's board whether Pandya, a gun allrounder who is normally an automatic selection in India's one-day team, is free to play Saturday's SCG series opener.
The two Indian cricketers involved in the controversy are facing potential suspension from BCCI while the episode itself has been taken down by the streaming website Hotstar. "Definitely it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right". "He's performed reasonably well for us in the last little bit since he's made his comeback".
"We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated".
Hardik Pandya may have gotten carried away with the format of the show and made all those comments "in a light-hearted manner" without realising what that the repercussions will be. "But from the Indian cricket team point of view this changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room". The combinations will have to be thought about once the decision comes out (from the BCCI) and from there on, we will see what needs to be done about the whole situation. "It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and something as I said which is inappropriate", Kohli said.