IPL 2020: Here's how Anushka Sharma reacts to Sunil Gavaskar's unpleasing commentary on Virat Kohli
First Published 25, Sep 2020, 3:49 PM
Virat Kohli has been associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2008 and has been leading the side since 2013. He, along with the side, is yet to win the title to date. He failed to fire in the last match against Kings XI Punjab, while his side lost by 97 runs.
Virat Kohli was on the receiving end, not just against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on the field on Thursday, but also of commentator Sunil Gavaskar. Nonetheless, Kohli's wife, Anushka Sharma, has hit back at the former Indian skipper for his displeasing judgments.
Kohli, who scored just a run against KXIP, could not do much as a captain either, as his side succumbed to a 97-run defeat in Dubai on Thursday. Following his inability to score enough in two consecutive matches, Gavaskar, who was commentating for Star Sports, said, “Inhone lockdown me to bas Anushka ki gendon ki practice ki hai (He has only practised in Anushka's deliveries during the lockdown)."
As viewers heard it on air, most of the fans took to social media, venting out their anger on Gavaskar, terming his remarks as 'double standards'. A few also urged the broadcaster to remove him from the commentary panel.
Meanwhile, Anushka herself took to her Instagram handle to hit back at Gavaskar, besides terming his statements as 'distasteful'. "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 life of every cricketer while commentating on the game. Don't you think you should have equal amount of respect for me and us?" she said in a video story.
"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," she added.
"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 further asserted.
As far as Gavaskar's comments are concerned, many believe that he was referring to a video that went viral a few days back, where Kohli was seen practising in his home, with Anushka bowling to him. Although the video went viral, Aaksha Chopra has termed it a serious violation of their privacy.