Team India cricketers recently visited the High Commissioner’s house in London ahead of the second Test of the five-match series at the Lord’s Cricket Ground from August 9 (Thursday). So much so, the fans over social media platform Twitter vent their frustration through tweets after a team photo surfaced on Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Twitter handle.
Indian batsmen except skipper Virat Kohli failed to offer any resistance against the English bowlers. Kohli brought his maiden hundred in England and backed it with a fighting half-century in the second essay.
However, the batsmen will have to rise to the occasion and take extended responsibility on their shoulders. India struggled due to poor starts, and they will be keen for not replicating the mistake again.
On the bowling front, India will play the same line-up with Ishant Sharma leading from the front. Ravichandran Ashwin will also look to replicate his efforts along with Mohammed Shami.
Ahead of the second Lord’s Test, Kohli has managed to grab the attention along with his wife, Anushka Sharma. The High Commission of India in London hosted the Indian Test team on Tuesday (August 7) with captain Kohli’s wife Anushka also in attendance at the gathering.
It is, however, still unclear how Anushka is travelling with the side as BCCI barred WAGs until the third Test.
“#TeamIndia members at the High Commission of India in London,” BCCI wrote on Twitter.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 7, 2018
Twitter slams BCCI:
However, the presence of the Bollywood actress in the picture saw a lot of divided opinions on the Internet.
Some people criticised her for getting special treatment since she was allowed to attend the official event while the families of other cricketers have reportedly been asked by the BCCI to stay away till the third Test, while others didn’t see anything wrong with it.
Furthermore, many criticised BCCI for allowing her to stand in the front row while Kohli’s deputy Ajinkya Rahane stood in the last.
Here is how the Twitterati’s reacted after Team India’s photo appeared on BCCI’s Twitter handle:
Vice captain is in last row and First Lady of Indian cricket is in front row. These people giving lecture online few days back. @AnushkaSharma
— Ali MG (@aliasgarmg) August 7, 2018
Why is Anushka here lmao?
She is at the center while the vice captain is at the end lol whatta joke
— Od (@odshek) August 8, 2018
Is captain wife more important than vice captain? Where are other players wife's? Don't divide team for the sake of captain or Bollywood please
— Sanjayy Tank (@SsanjayTaannk) August 8, 2018
anushka sharma is also there in the squad so probably she will be included in the playing 11 too for the next match
— Mayank Sharma (@MSharma56483635) August 7, 2018
No Hard feelings but I heard recently BCCI denied players from having their wives around when on tour in England. WTH is Anushka doing among Indian team?? Rules are meant for Team and captain should lead from front in every aspect. Just saying
— Akash (@ambade_akash) August 7, 2018
Difference between family photo and team photo. This is supposed to be a team event not family function.
— Bharath Aiyanna (@bharathaiyanna) August 7, 2018