'Distasteful': Anushka Sharma snaps at Sunil Gavaskar for 'sexist remark' at husband Virat Kohli's IPL game

Gavaskar in the commentary box made an unsavoury comment involving the cricketer's wife Anushka

'Distasteful': Anushka Sharma snaps at Sunil Gavaskar for 'sexist remark' at husband Virat Kohli's IPL game

Actor Anushka Sharma with husband-cricketer Virat Kohli. Source: Anushka/Instagram.

Mumbai, September 25

Actor Anushka Sharma on Friday slammed former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar for his "distasteful" remark about her while commenting on husband Virat Kohli's performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Gavaskar found himself in the midst of a controversy for making an unsavoury comment against Kohli and Sharma after the Indian captain's forgettable outing in the IPL match, held in Dubai.

Also read: I never blamed Anushkha nor made sexist comment: Sunil Gavaskar

Anushka, who has faced negativity and trolling in the past as well for Kohli's performance, said she was tired of being dragged into cricket.

"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?" the actor said in a long statement posted on her Instagram Stories.

Gavaskar was a part of the commentary team as Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to Kings XI Punjab on Thursday night and the Indian captain did not do well in the match.

Referring to a video of Kohli and Sharma playing cricket during the country's coronavirus lockdown, Gavaskar, in the commentary box had said: "Inhone lockdown me toh bas Anushka ki gendon ki practice ki hai, (he has only faced Anushka's bowling in lockdown)".

In her statement, 32-year-old actor, who has accompanied Kohli in Dubai, asked for an explanation from Gavaskar for his comments.

"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 commenting on the game. Don't you think you should have equal amount of respect for me and us?," Sharma said.

The actor in her concluding note, said, "Respected Mr Gavaskar, you are a legend whose name stands tall in this gentleman's game. Just I want to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this." In the past as well, Sharma has reacted sharply to her name being dragged into cricket.

In October last year, she had shut down reports that claimed that selectors were asked to serve her tea during ICC World Cup 2019.

“I have stayed quiet through all the times I was blamed for the performance of my then boyfriend, now husband Virat and continue to take the blame for the most baseless things involving Indian cricket. I kept quiet then,” she had written.

“Today. I have decided to speak up because someone's silence cannot be taken as their weakness," she had said at the time. PTI

Top Stories

Govt relaxes visa norms; except for tourism, all categories of foreigners allowed to enter India

Govt relaxes visa norms; except for tourism, all categories of foreigners allowed to enter India

Permits all OCI and PIO card holders and all other foreign n...

BJP manifesto for Bihar promises free Covid vaccine, receives widespread criticism

BJP manifesto for Bihar promises free Covid vaccine, receives widespread criticism

Health state subject, it is for state govts to decide if the...

Govt issues warning to Twitter; conveys strong disapproval over map misrepresentation

Govt issues warning to Twitter; conveys strong disapproval over map misrepresentation

In a strongly-worded letter, IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney has w...

MSP system under question after official-trader nexus comes to light in Punjab

MSP system under question after official-trader nexus comes to light in Punjab

Paddy procured from outside state at low cost being allegedl...

Will reject central farm acts after SAD forms govt in Punjab: Sukhbir Badal

Will reject central farm acts after SAD forms govt in Punjab: Sukhbir Badal

He said the members of opposition were shocked to see how th...

Cities

View All