Cricket veteran Sunil Gavaskar, while commentating on Virat Kohli’s performance during the Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday mentioned his wife, Anushka Sharma. Referencing an old video that had surfaced of Sharma and Kohli playing cricket during the lockdown, Gavaskar said, “Ab joh lockdown tha to sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki unhone… usse to kuch nahi hona hai.” (During the lockdown he only practised to Anushka’s bowling… But that won’t be enough.) Sharma has not taken well to the remark, and slammed Gavaskar on social media for “dragging” her into his commentary without reason.
The actor took to Instagram to voice her disappointment, writing, “That, Mr. Gavaskar, your message is distasteful is a fact but I would love for you to explain why you thought of making such a sweeping statement on a wife accusing her of her husband’s game? I’m sure over the years you have respected the private lives of every cricketer while commenting on the game. Don’t you think you should have an equal amount of respect for me and us?”
Read her full message here:
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Social Media Debates Whether Gavaskar’s Remark Was Right Or Not
Gavaskar’s remarks came during the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) after Kohli seemingly underperformed. Soon social media users began debating whether Gavaskar’s statements were in good taste or not.
Gavaskar's exact words were that Virat was so desperate for practice that he was playing cricket in the lockdown with Anoushka & neighbours had actually taken a video of that. What exactly did he say that was demeaning? Or did you hear something that I obviously missed? https://t.co/KQK2TT5MCh
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) September 25, 2020
Some fans alleged that Gavaskar’s words had earlier been twisted out of context and accorded with a distasteful meaning, which had led to the backlash. One user wrote, “One twitter user misheard something that Sunil Gavaskar said. His tweet goes viral and now everyone believes his tweet is the truth… He (Gavaskar) did not correlate Virat’s performance with Anushka (This comment was before Kohli got out).”
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Meanwhile, trolls had already begun attacking Sharma, blaming her for Kohli’s performance in the game yesterday.
Virat Kohli dropped the ball two times
And score 1 run
Le Anushka :- pic.twitter.com/xgklHHEoCI
— RAMESHWAR KUMAR (@Rameshwar987) September 24, 2020
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Anushka Sharma Has Previously Been Targeted
Sharma also asked in her Instagram story, “It’s 2020 and things still don’t change for me. When will I stop getting dragged into cricket and stop being used to pass sweeping statements?”
Sharma has been credited and discredited multiple times by fans and other cricketers on account of her husband, Kohli, over the years. In 2018, Sharma had appeared in a photo with the Indian cricket team at the High Commission of India in London. It had led to a huge uproar among fans who pointed out that Sharma was the only spouse present in the picture, which to some had seemed like an intrusion.
Then in 2019, cricketer Farokh Engineer had taken a dig at her during the World Cup, saying, “All they [selectors] were doing was getting Anushka Sharma cups of tea.”
Following these events, Sharma had uploaded a long statement elaborating on her grievances:
Image Credit: Anushka Sharma Instagram