Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma has hit back at legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar after his on-air comment stirred controversy on Thursday. While commentating on an IPL 2020 match involving her husband Virat Kohli, Gavaskar said how the only batting practice the cricketer had during the lockdown was when he faced Anushka’s bowling at his residence, a video of which went viral earlier this year. Also Read - LIVE Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Match 50 Live Cricket Score And Updates, Abu Dhabi: Smith & Co Look to Stop KXIP's Winning Streak
It was interpreted as Gavaskar dragging Anushka into the game and linked with Kohli’s poor show with the bat. Also Read - KXIP vs RR Dream11 Team Prediction Dream11 IPL 2020: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals T20 Match 50 at Shiekh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 7.30 PM IST October 30 Friday
On Friday Anushka termed the remark as ‘distasteful’ demanding an explanation from Gavaskar. Also Read - DC vs MI 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket Tips Dream11 IPL 2020: Pitch Report, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians T20 Match 51 at Dubai International Stadium 3.30 PM IST October 31 Saturday
“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 for her husband’s game?,” she said.
“I am sure over the years you have respected the private lives of every cricketer while commentating on the game. Don’t you think you should have equal amount of respect for me and us?” I am sure you can have many words and sentences in your mind to use to comment on my husband’s performance from last night or are your words only relevant if you use my name in the process?” she added.
Thursday wasn’t the first time that Anushka was unnecessarily dragged into conversation regarding Kohli’s below par show.
“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? Respected Mr. Gavaskar, you are a legend whose name stands tall in this gentleman’s game. Just wanted to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this,” she concluded.
Meanwhile, trolls on social media posted vile jokes that connected Anuskha to Virat’s off-day on the field.
Then there were those who even demanded Gavaskar to be removed from the commentary panel.