Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar had to bear the brunt from many on social media for his recent comments on Anushka Sharma, the famous Bollywood actress and the wife of India captain Virat Kohli which he made on air. Gavaskar referred to Kohli’s poor form with the bat and while speaking about that, he gave the reference of Anushka which didn’t go well with her.
However, Gavaskar later came out and gave the clarification where he said that he was referring to the video where Virat and Anushka were seen playing cricket in their building compound during the COVID-19 lockdown period. He also said that there was nothing sexist about his comments as well.
“As you hear from the commentary, Aakash (Chopra) and I were doing commentary for the Hindi channel. And Aakash was talking about the fact that there has been very little chance for proper practice for everybody. That has actually shown in the rustiness of some of the players in their first matches,”
“Rohit didn’t strike the ball well in his first match, MSD didn’t strike the ball well, Virat also didn’t strike the ball. Most of the batsmen have because of the lack of practice.” Gavaskar told India Today.
While the cricketers didn’t get the chance to practice, Virat Kohli was no different. COVID-19 has brought the entire world into a standstill since mid-March and it affected every part of the world in every way. Amid this situation, Kohli only faced Anushka’s bowling and there was no practice for him – which is what the former India cricketer meant, as per him.
“I would like to say it again. Where am I blaming her? I am not blaming her. I am only saying that the video said that she was bowling to Virat. Virat has played only that bowling during the lockdown period. It’s a tennis ball, a fun game that people have to pass time during the lockdown. That’s all. Where am I blaming her for Virat’s failures?,” Sunil Gavaskar concluded.