Ganguly on Koffeegate: People make mistakes, should move on

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that one can’t generalise that only modern day cricketers should behave responsibly.

As it turned out, the Koffee eventually tasted bitter for Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul.

The cricketing fraternity might appear divided over the suspension of Hardik Pandya and K.L.Rahul following their comments on popular television talk show, Koffee with Karan, but former India captain Sourav Ganguly strongly feels ‘people make mistakes but everyone should move on and ensure it doesn’t happen again’.

In the city for the trailer launch of a film late on Wednesday, Ganguly said: “I haven't watched that episode. I feel that you can’t generalise that only modern day cricketers should behave responsibly. People make mistakes. Let’s not get too far into that.

"I am sure whoever has done it will realise that and come out as a better person. We are all human beings. We are not machines that everything you put in comes out perfect. You have just got to live life and let others live. They are responsible people."

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“They may be role models but they are under pressure all the time to perform. Certain things happen in life and as everyone, we should move on and make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” Ganguly said. 

Asked whether modern day cricketers of India should be more responsible in their behaviour as compared to the past generation of cricketers, Ganguly said, “I feel modern day cricketers are also responsible, disciplined and obedient. Look at Virat Kohli, he is such a fantastic role model. India is a fortunate country. Every generation produces players who all of us cherish.”

“There was Sunil Gavaskar and when he retired, people thought who is next, then Sachin Tendulkar came and when Tendulkar retired, people again asked who is next, then people saw Virat Kohli. So, we are a very fortunate country in terms of sports and a lot of these cricketers are fantastic human beings because they come from very middle class backgrounds and fight their way up,” Ganguly said.