Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma lashed out at batting great Sunil Gavaskar, after the latter took a jibe at the Indian cricket captain for his poor performance in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Thursday.
Kohli’s blunders made headlines during the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match with Kings XI Punjab. The Indian skipper dropped two crucial catches and was dismissed after scoring only a single run from five balls, which eventually led to the Challengers being beaten by 97 runs.
Gavaskar who was commentating on the match mockingly referred to a viral video of Sharma and Kohli on social media to criticise Kohli’s performance. The clip showed Kohli batting in the driveway of his house with Sharma bowling.
He said, “Ab jo lockdown tha, to sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki unhone. Wo dikha video main, us se to kuch nahi ban na hai (During the lockdown, he was practicing only on Anushka’s bowling and that won’t get him anywhere).”
Gavaskar said nothing wrong here.
Who’s the person who twisted his words and tweeted first? pic.twitter.com/GUwKESCGeX
— Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) September 25, 2020
Hours after Gavaskar made the comments on-air, Sharma took to Instagram to express her displeasure over the same.
She put a strongly-worded statement on her Instagram story, asking him to explain why he accused her for Kohli’s failure. Taking a dig at Gavaskar, the actor also made it clear that she is fed up of being dragged into cricket whenever her husband fails to perform.
“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 commentating on the game,” wrote Anushka.
“Don’t you think you should have an equal amount of respect for us? I’m sure you can have many other 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?”
Sharma concluded, “It’s 2020 and things still don’t change for me. When will I stop getting dragged into cricket and 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.”