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Anushka slams Gavaskar for ‘distasteful’ on-air comment

Written by Vipin Darwade

As Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) suffered a humiliating defeat against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, a huge controversy triggered off the field where legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar made a comment on air which did not go down well with the fans of Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma. As Gavaskar received flak on social media, Anushka took to social media to slam Gavaskar for his comment.

Anushka, who is currently in the UAE with Kohli, took to Instagram to write, “That Mr Gavaskar, your comment is distasteful is a fact but I would 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 should have equal amount of respect for me and use?

“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?” addded Anushka, who has frequently been blamed for Kohli’s on-field performance.

“It’s 2020 and thing 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 the gentleman’s game. Just wanted to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this,” Anushka concluded.

Commentating during RCB vs KXIP match, as Kohli came to the crease, Gavaskar highlighted how the Indian captain did not get enough match practice ahead of the tournament. Recalling a video where Anushka was seen bowling to Kohli inside their society campus in Mumbai during the lockdown, Gavaskar said, “Inhone lockdown me to bas Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki hain”. (Virat Kohli has only trained against Anushka’s bowling during the lockdown).

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