DUBAI: The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Friday found himself in the midst of a controversy for making a comment against Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma after the Indian captain’s forgettable outing in the IPL.
After dropping two catches, Kohli, undoubtedly one of the best when it comes to chases, failed with the bat, managing just a run off five balls against Kings XI Punjab here on Thursday night.
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In the commentary box, Gavaskar came up with a comment involving Kohli’s actor wife Anushka.
Gavaskar commented that Kohli has only faced Anushka’s bowling during lockdown, referring to the time during the lockdown when they were spotted playing cricket in their house.
Gavaskar is a legend. He was quoting this when he said Anushka ki bowling se pratice etc etc. https://t.co/5rNs5MtJGc
— Jatin (@DowntownFunk_) 1601022327000
Anushka, on her part, reacted to the comment on Instagram.
The remark 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.
It’s shameful what Sunil Gavaskar commented on Virat and Anushka Sharma’s personal life.A player always has good an… https://t.co/V8yAlwERON
— Manshu (@imMgulati) 1601021237000
– Sunil Gavaskar did not use double entendre- He did not correlate Virat’s performance with Anushka (This comment… https://t.co/Bo4BXPr9kw
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) 1601022798000
Gavaskar said : ” Jab lockdown tha to unhone sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practise ki hai, jo video mein dikhai de ra… https://t.co/fXlHkW543E
— UnderTheRoof (@underTheRooff) 1601023449000
Over the years, on quite a few instances, the Bollywood actress has been blamed whenever the now 31-year-old Kohli under-performed on the cricket field.
The Indian batting mainstay had a forgettable outing at the Dubai International Stadium.
Kohli dropped his KXIP counterpart KL Rahul twice — once in the 17th over at deep square-leg when he was batting on 83 and then again in the 18th over when he was on 89.
The KXIP skipper then went on to shatter a few record on the way to a 69-ball 132 — the highest scored by an Indian in an IPL game.