India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has become the trending name on social media after his "misogynistic" and "sexist" remarks made on the popular show Koffee with Karan.
Pandya appeared on the show alongside his teammate and good friend KL Rahul with renowned Bollywood director Karan Johar hosting it.
The Baroda all-rounder faced the backlash after he opened up about things like not asking the names of women at parties, sending the same text to multiple women and watching them move on the dance among others.
After receiving flak from various quarters, Pandya on Wednesday (January 9) took to Twitter and apologised for his comments, saying he "got a bit carried away" on the show.
Hardik issued a statement which reads: "After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments. Respect."
On the show, Hardik Pandya revealed he once informed his parents that he lost his virginity by telling them, "Aaj mai kar ke aaya."
"When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, 'Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)'. At a party my parents asked me 'acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)' and they were like 'waah proud of you beta'," Pandya has stated.
The 25-year-old also said things like, "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move," when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn't ask women for their names in nightclubs.
Hardik Pandya is currently with the Indian cricket team in Australia where they just recorded a historic Test series victory. The Men in Blue are scheduled to play three ODIs in Australia, starting on January 12 in Sydney.