Anushka Sharma has hit back at batting legend Sunil Gavaskar after his ‘distasteful’ comment about her and husband Virat Kohli. The comment from the former India captain came during Thursday’s clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab.
He made the personal comments after Virat Kohli endured a tough day on the field. The RCB captain dropped his KXIP counterpart KL Rahul twice while he was batting on 83 and 89. After the reprieves, Rahul went on to slam 42 from just 9 balls to amass an unbeaten 132 from just 69 balls.
Virat Kohli’s miseries were further compounded by his poor batting as he was out for just one. Soon after Virat Kohli came out to bat, Sunil Gavaskar came up with a surprising comment for the India captain. The former cricketer-turned-commentator perhaps took a dig at Virat Kohli and said that he only trained against Anushka’s bowling during the lockdown.
“Lockdown tha to inhone sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki hai,”said Sunil Gavaskar.
The batting legend might be referring to the viral video that surfaced during the lockdown in which Virat Kohli was seen playing cricket with his wife. But the fans were not at all impressed with his comments and slammed him for the same with some even calling his words ‘sexist’.
Anushka Sharma hits back:
Hours after Gavaskar made the comments on-air, Anushka Sharma took to Instagram to express her displeasure over the same. She put a strongly-worded statement on her Instagram story as she asked him to explain why did he accused her for Kohli’s failure.
Taking a dig at Sunil Gavaskar, she also made it clear that she is fed 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 for 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 Sharma.
“Don’t you think you should have equal amount of respect for me and 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?
“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.
Here is the statement from the Bollywood actress: