Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma on Friday slammed former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar for his "distasteful" remark about her while commenting on husband Virat Kohli's performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gavaskar found himself in the midst of a controversy for making an unsavoury comment against Kohli and Sharma after the Indian captain's forgettable outing in the IPL match, held in Dubai.
Anushka, who has faced negativity and trolling in the past as well for Kohli's performance, said she was tired of being dragged into cricket.
"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?" the actor said in a long statement posted on her Instagram Stories.
Gavaskar was a part of the commentary team as Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to Kings XI Punjab on Thursday night and the Indian captain did not do well in the match.
Referring to a video of Kohli and Sharma playing cricket during the country's coronavirus lockdown, Gavaskar, in the commentary box had said: "Inhone lockdown me toh bas Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki hai, (he has only faced Anushka's bowling in lockdown)".
While Gavaskar did face the wrath of fans across social media for his misogynist remark - dragging Anushka over nothing, there were some who stood in support of him and defended his literal quote.'Pretty vile and perverted': Twitter slams Sunil Gavaskar for dragging Anushka amid commentary on Virat's performance
One user wrote, “Boycott?? Really?? His comment was taken out of context. People trolling him should remember they were in their diapers when Sunil Gavaskar started commentating.”
“Exactly...Hindi is not Gavaskar's first language as well...he didn't mean what that sentence came out ...happens to every non-Hindi person that he thinks in his mother tongue and translates in Hindi. He was definitely referring to that video...” added another.
Here are some more reactions on Twitter.
In her statement, 32-year-old actor, who has accompanied Kohli in Dubai, asked for an explanation from Gavaskar for his comments.
"That, Mr Gavaskar, your message is distasteful is a fact but I would love 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 commenting on the game. Don't you think you should have equal amount of respect for me and us?," Sharma said.
The actor in her concluding note, said, "Respected Mr Gavaskar, you are a legend whose name stands tall in this gentleman's game. Just I want to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this." In the past as well, Sharma has reacted sharply to her name being dragged into cricket.
In October last year, she had shut down reports that claimed that selectors were asked to serve her tea during ICC World Cup 2019.
"I have stayed quiet through all the times I was blamed for the performance of my then boyfriend, now husband Virat and continue to take the blame for the most baseless things involving Indian cricket. I kept quiet then," she had written.
"Today. I have decided to speak up because someone's silence cannot be taken as their weakness," she had said at the time.'When will I stop getting dragged into cricket': Anushka Sharma blasts Sunil Gavaskar for 'sexist' comment Opinion: Dear Sunil Gavaskar, your misogynist comment on Anushka Sharma is unbecoming of a legend of the gentleman's game
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