Sunil Gavaskar annoyed cricket fans with his ‘Distasteful’ comment on Virat’s wife Anushka
Sunil Gavaskar on Friday got himself in the midst of a controversy for making an unsavoury comment against Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma after the Indian captain’s outing in the IPL.
Virat lost two catches during the match and in the commentary box, Gavaskar came up with a comment involving Kohli’s actor wife Anushka.
The remark was in bad taste and did not go down well with the RCB skipper’s fans, with some of them urging the BCCI to remove Gavaskar from the commentary panel.
He had said, “Inhone lockdown me to bas Anushka ki gendon ki practice ki hai. (He has only practised on Anushka’s balls during the lockdown).” He was referring to Anushka and Virat playing cricket on their terrace, the footage of which had gone viral during the lockdown. His double-meaning statement had not gone well not only with Anushka, but also with ‘Virushka’s’ fans, as such a derogatory comment wasn’t expected from a senior player, according to them. Sunil Gavaskar had faced a lot of backlash on Twitter after his unacceptable comment.
Expressing her disappointment in Sunil Gavaskar, Anushka questioned him on why he dragged her into this when her husband, Virat Kohli wasn’t good at his game. She called dragging her name useless and gave a befitting reply. Her reply can be read as “That, Mr Gavaskar, your message is distasteful is a fact but I would love for you to explain why you thught of making such a sweeping statement on a wife accusing her for her husband’s game? I’m sure over the years tou 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? 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 name stands tall in this gentleman’s game. Just wanted to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this.”