Byline by Vinayak Heliwal
The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Friday found himself amid controversy for making an unsavory comment against Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma after a poor performance by RCB captain against King X1 Punjab in Dubai on Thursday Night.
Gavaskar was part of the commentary team in the RCB Vs KXIP game on Thursday Night where the Indian Captain failed to raise the challenge.As the skipper managed to score just a run with the bat along with missing two catches of KXIP skipper KL Rahul which made a difference as Rahul hit a brilliant century to lead his team from the front.
Taking a jibe at Kohli’s batting practice amid pandemic Gavaskar from Commentary box said “Aur Jo Lockdown that, Sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki Unhone” Referring to the viral video of the couple that had surfaced during the country’s coronavirus lockdown His choice of words seems to have miffed actor Anushka Sharma.
Reacting to being dragged in the episode, the actor took to Instagram and wrote “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. 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? Its 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“
The remark was in bad taste and did not go down well with the Indian Skipper fans also . As they trolled Gavaskar and continuously urging out BCCI to remove Gavaskar from the commentary panel.
Over the years, the Bollywood actress Anushka has been blamed whenever the 31-year-old Kohli underperformed on the cricket field.