After Royal Challengers Bangalore’s defeat against Kings XI Punjab, questions are being raised on Indian Captain Virat Kohli and his teammates. The sheer dominance of Punjab over Bangalore has given an opportunity for the trollers to troll the team and the players.
However a new controversy sparked in when The Great Sunil Gavaskar made a remark on Anushka Sharma after Kohli’s dismissal. Virat Kohli, one of the greats of the game had an extremely bad day in the match against Punjab. King Kohli first dropped 2 catches of Kl Rahul, which costed him heavily and when he returned to bat, he was dismissed by a high pace bouncer by Sheldon Cotrell.
Reacting to Virat’s inning Sunil Gavaskar commented, “Inhone lockdown me to bas Anushka ki gendon ki practice ki hain”. This comment didn’t go too well with the RCB fans. The viewers have taken it as a sexist comment against the actress. Fans are calling out BCCI and Star Sports India to ban Sunil Gavaskar from the commentary panel.
Why Anushka Sharma should be always blamed for Virat’s failure ? An individual is responsible for his success and failure. At many instances, the fans have blamed the actress’s presence in the stadium for the team’s failure. It’s extremely disrespectful, and Virat Kohli has earlier clarified and requested his fans not to blame her for everything the cricketer does wrong.
The Real Intention Of Sunil Gavaskar:
However, one cannot deny the mention of Anushka Sharma was not needed, but the former cricketer intention of this comment has been taken in a wrong manner. Sunil Gavaskar is known for his blunt nature and sense of humour.
During commentary, the Indian Great keeps the fans grossed with the match through his witty comments and storytelling. What Sunil Gavaskar meant was, “During Lockdown Virat Kohli has only played Anushka Sharma’s bowling.”
In many videos you have seen Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma playing cricket in their residence or terrice. The duo spent a wonderful time during these 5 months. “Remember the Video where Anushka commented “Ai Kohli Chauka Maar Na, Ai Chauka Maar Na Kohli, Kya kar rha hai”. Sunil Gavaskar might be referring to that statement. However there is no denial of the fact that the choice of words by the former Indian opener was disheartening and wrong.
During live commentary, one should use words correctly. The world is listening. Anushka Sharma’s identity is not only a cricketer’s wife, she is an extremely talented and well respected woman in her field. This has become a normal course, every time Virat Kohli underperforms the blame is on Anushka Sharma.
The actress reacting to Sunil Gavaskar’s comment issued a statement saying, “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. Don’t you think you should have equal amount of respect for me and us”.
She further added, “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 relavent if you use my name in the process ? It’s 2020 and things still don’t change for me. When will I be stopped being dragged into Cricket and stop being used to pass sweeping statements ? Respected Mr, Gavaskar you are a legend, whose name stand tall in these gentleman’s game. Just wanted to tell what I felt when I heard you say this.”
The statement released by Anushka Sharma depicts the anger and very rightly so.