On Thursday night, Virat Kohli’s Bangalore team lost to Punjab’s cricket team in IPL. Sunil Gavaskar who was in the commentary section made a comment that soon caught everyone’s attention after and the veteran cricketer was trolled for his distasteful comment.
Sunil Gavaskar made a comment saying, “Ab jo lockdown tha, to sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki unhone, who dikha video main, us se to kuch nahi ban na hai. (during the lockdown, he was practicing only on Anushka’s bowling, that won’t help him).” This comment got netizens angry and even Anushka Sharma took to her Instagram and decided to react to it. Anushka Sharma had a long post on her story where she asked Sunil Gavaskar what is the need to drag her name in her husband’s performance in his match. She found the comment unsavoury and didn’t expect that even in 2020 people would blame her for her husband’s performance on the cricket field.
However on Friday evening, Sunil Gavaskar spoke to a leading news channel and clarified his stance. According to the cricketer his comment was not at all sexist and neither he tried to blame Anushka Sharma for anything. “Aakash (Chopra) and I were talking about very little practice for everybody which has shown in rustiness for Rohit, MS Dhoni, Virat everyone in the first match. Where am I blaming her? Where am I being sexist? I am only stating what was seen in the video. If somebody has interpreted it (differently), what can I do?”