Cricket icon Sunil Gavaskar on Friday found himself in a controversy after making a weird statement against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Indian captain Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. On Thursday, Kohli did not perform well in the Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab. After dropping two catches, Kohli failed with the bat, managing just a run-off five balls.
Commenting on Kohli’s unsatisfactory performance, Gavaskar said,
“Ab joh Lockdown tha to sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki unhone, wo video dekhi hai (a reference to a viral video), usse to kuch nahi hona hai (During the recent lockdown he only practiced to Anushka’s bowling, I saw a video. But that is not going to be enough).”
Gavaskar was referring to a video clip that went viral after it was posted on a Kohli fan page during the lockdown. In the video, Kohli and Anushka can be seen playing cricket.
Meanwhile, Anushka Sharma said the remark was distasteful. Reacting to Gavaskar’s comment, she said on Instagram: “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 am 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 an equal amount of respect for me and us? I am 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? Respected Mr Gavaskar, you are a legend whose names stands tall in this gentleman’s game. Just wanted to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this.’’
Twitter stands divided on his remarks. While, some users are supporting Gavaskar, others are slamming him for the choice of words.
However, his remarks did not go down well with Kohli fans. Some of them urged the BCCI to remove Gavaskar from the commentary panel.