A couple of days after being slammed on Twitter for allegedly making unsavoury remarks against Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has received support from several quarters.
The batting legend was caught in the middle of a huge controversy for his comment during the IPL 2020 clash between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was accused of making a snide remark involving Anushka Sharma that many thought was in poor taste.
Some even went on to say that the comment was sexist as well as personal. But Sunil Gavaskar later issued a clarification and stated that his comment was twisted and was taken out of context.
“Inhone lockdown me toh bas Anushka ki gendon ki practice ki hai, (he has only faced Anushka’s bowling in lockdown),” Sunil Gavaskar had said on air while referring to the viral video of the couple that had surfaced during the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
His choice of words was slammed nonetheless as fans were furious that Anushka Sharma’s name was being dragged in the game needlessly again. Things further escalated when Anushka took to Instagram to slam Sunil Gavaskar for his ‘distasteful’ comment and even asked him to explain his words.
Anushka Sharma faces the heat:
Hours after Sunil Gavaskar issued clarification, fans took to Twitter to throw his support behind him. At the same time, Anushka Sharma was criticised too by many for her statement on the batting legend with many claiming that she did it without knowing the entire matter.
Some even posted old pictures of Anushka Sharma accompanying Team India and asked her why was she the only wife with the team if she did not want to be dragged in cricket.
Here are some of the reactions:
Is @AnushkaSharma the team manager? Or coach? Or player??
Then why the Hell she accompanies the team everywhere?
I don't see any other players' wife here..
And then she has problem in being 'dragged' to cricket!!
— Himanshu Sharma (@iamhimanshu99) September 26, 2020
Sunil Gavaskar's impeccable moral conduct with women throughout his public life is well known to everyone. There was nothing "distasteful" about the harmless joke he cracked. Anushka Sharma should stop being so touchy. #WeSupportGavaskar https://t.co/TC3xoaGkRL
— Priti Gandhi – प्रीति गांधी (@MrsGandhi) September 25, 2020
They are after #SunilGavaskar's job.
Let them know what masses think of this controversy so that they don't dare to act against him to appease the handful of elites.
— THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) September 25, 2020
If #AnushkaSharma 's marriage to #ViratKohli is not relevant to their respective careers, media should not be reporting or social media sharing anything to do with their marriage. Nor should they make millions endorsing brands together.
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) September 26, 2020
Shame on you @AnushkaSharma …
He is 71yrs old and we'll reputed legend.
Dear comrades! don't let her play the victim card.@imVkohli u lost respect now because ur immature wife has no sense what she is talking about. https://t.co/hPx3SRx0G2
— ASHISH?? Diehard SidHeart ?? (@ashishpareek57) September 26, 2020
Sunil Gavaskar is the legend and should not give any explanation to Druggist Bollywood.#WeSupportGavaskar
— Gaurav Goel (@goelgauravbjp) September 26, 2020
What happens to Anushkas feminism when she leaves behind all other cricketers wives and accompanies team India to attend parties hosted by high commissions.
Then you never asked 'why only me?'
— Amaira (@critiqueamaira) September 25, 2020
People shouldn't believe Bollywood people without confirming the source. Such a cheap act by @AnushkaSharma. She intentionally dragged legendary Gavaskar sir for 2 min attention. Her nautanki shops are closed.She was desperate for attention but backfired. #WeSupportGavaskar @BCCI
— Anisha Sharma (@Anishaxharma) September 25, 2020