Dubai: Placing up a stout defence, iconic Sunil Gavaskar on Friday mentioned neither he blamed Virat Kohli’s actor-wife Anushka Sharma for India captain’s failure nor he made any sexist remarks throughout an IPL match and his feedback have been being misinterpreted.
Kohli had a foul day in workplace on Thursday when he led Royal Challengers Bangalore towards Kings XI Punjab. He dropped two catches of rival skipper KL Rahul and managed solely a run off 5 balls in RCB’s chase.
Whereas Kohli was nonetheless at crease, Gavaskar mentioned India captain is eager to enhance and he is aware of that he can accomplish that solely by working towards increasingly. He then added that in the course of the lockdown Kohli confronted solely Anushka’s bowling and it’s displaying that it didn’t assist a lot.
Gavaskar was talking in Hindi when he made the remark.
Nonetheless, the remark didn’t go down nicely with Kohli and Anushka’s followers and a few even demanded his sacking from Star Sports activities commentary panel, lashing out at him on social media.
Reacting to it, Anushka additionally issued a press release on her Instagram web page and mentioned that Gavaskar’s message was “distasteful”.
Gavaskar although mentioned his feedback weren’t understood in proper context.
The comment in accordance with Gavaskar was in reference to a video clip the place Kohli and Anushka have been seen having fun with some tennis ball cricket of their compound.
“Firstly, I would like to say, where am I blaming her, I’m not blaming her. I am only saying that the video showed she was bowling to Virat. Virat has only played that much bowling in this lockdown period,” Gavaskar informed India At this time channel.
“It is tennis ball fun game that people have to pass time during the lockdown, so that’s all, so where am I blaming her for Virat’s failures.”
Gavaskar additionally rubbished allegations on social media that he made a “sexist comment”.
“I’m the one who has always batted for wives going with husbands on tours. I am the one who has always said that like a normal guy going to office for a 9-5 job, when he comes back home, he comes back to his wife, similarly why can’t cricketers have their wives with them,” Gavaskar mentioned.
He additionally tried to clarify his remark.
“As you possibly can hear from the commentary, Aakash was speaking concerning the truth there was little or no likelihood for any correct apply within the lockdown, for everyone…
“…..that has actually shown in rustiness of some of the players in their first matches. Rohit (Sharma) didn’t strike the ball well, now in the second match he has got runs, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) didn’t strike the ball well in the first match.” He then additionally defined what precisely he mentioned.
“…..Anushka was bowling to him, so that’s what I said, that’s the only bowling, I have not used any other word. She was bowling to him, that’s all, where am I blaming her, where I am being sexist in this.”
“I am simply solely stating what was seen on the video which was perhaps recorded by anyone within the neighbouring buildings and put up and that is the one factor I am doing, however the level I am making attempting to make is that there was no apply for anyone together with Virat within the lockdown.
“…I have not been sexist, if somebody has interpreted it, what can I do,” Gavaskar mentioned.