Inappropriate comments have cast a shadow over India's Test celebrations and ODI preparations, with Virat Kohli making his displeasure clear, as Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul face suspension amid a sexism scandal.
Team India is on a high after winning a Test series in Australia for the first time in history.
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.
"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 was quoted saying in ESPNCricinfo ahead of the first of the three-match ODI series against Australia.More news: AT&T will sever ties with location aggregators as well
Pandya and Rahul appeared on a talk show on Sunday where their comments - Pandya's in particular - came in for widespread criticism and raised concerns over the team culture.
"These are purely individual opinions. we definitely, as the Indian cricket team, do not support views like that and that has been communicated". While India is the favourite going into the series, the prospect of missing Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul might hamper the team balance. This changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room.
"Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show".
"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", he wrote in his response, which is in PTI's possession.More news: Bollywood stars call on Modi
Pandya also boasted about not knowing women's names at parties and telling his parents the day he lost his virginity.
The programme, Koffee with Karan, is hosted by Bollywood producer and director Karan Johar who encourages guests to open up on personal matters.
The decision could turn dicey for the duo who are now in Australia for the ODI series. What's up with all the #misogyny.
"To say the least #HardikPandya is horrendous a misogynist", added another user who called for Indian cricket authorities to take action against the "obnoxious" comments.More news: Republicans Slam Steve King for What They Call Racist Remarks