Former India and Madhya Pradesh off-spinner Rajesh Chauhan, who once coached T P Sudhindra, has urged the banned-for-life player to appeal for mercy rather than challenge the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision in court.
"I don’t know what to tell these youngsters. Once they come into the limelight, they indulge in wrongdoing. My advice to Sudhindra would be to go for a mercy appeal rather than fight in court," Chauhan said.
"The player knows his crime and if he has admitted his guilt, the best option would be to apply for mercy."
Talking about Sudhindra’s family, Chauhan said: "He hails from a middle-class sports-loving family. His paternal uncles used to play the game with us and they inspired him to take up cricket. His grandmother (father’s mother) and mother are devastated by the news. The family was not aware of this controversy until Saturday when the news of his life ban broke." Chauhan stated.
"I met Sudhindra last when he was preparing for the IPL. We discussed his domestic performance. Yes, it is harsh when anyone is banned for life, but it is up to the BCCI. They may have valid reasons for it. The player has to live with it."
While, Sudhindra's Madhya Pradesh team-mate, Naman Ojha says that he never witnessed any suspicious behaviour from him and Mohnish Mishra, who's banned for 1 year. "Television reports say that Sudhindra is banned for life while Mohnish was suspended for one year. But I have never witnessed any suspicious behaviour from any of them. I found them absolutely normal whenever we interacted,” Ojha told.