Did Sunil Gavaskar really make a derogatory comment on Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli? Here’s what he actually said

Sunil Gavaskar, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli
Sunil Gavaskar, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Getty Images and Twitter)

Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has been trending on social media for his alleged derogatory comments on Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. While doing Hindi commentary during the second innings of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), he stated that Kohli has played only with Anushka during the lockdown.

This quote from Gavaskar has been completely misinterpreted. The statement was tweaked according to the convenience and the 71-year-old has wrongly been facing the flak on social media. Many tweets with the statement have gone viral and the Twitterati is furious over him for dragging Anushka Sharma unnecessarily.

What did Sunil Gavaskar actually say?

However, there is a clear video proof of what Sunil Gavaskar actually said and it was not at all in a derogatory manner. When Kohli came to bat in the second over of the innings, he was talking about the batting practice of the RCB skipper and referred to the video of him and Anushka playing cricket in their apartment during the lockdown.

While referring to it, Gavaskar had said that Virat faced only his wife’s bowling during the lockdown and that isn’t enough practice to get into the groove. “Lockdown tha to sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki unhone, wo video dekhi hai (reference to aforementioned video), usse to kuch nahi hona hai,” he said. (The statement roughly translates to – During the lockdown he practised only Anushka’s bowling, I had seen in a video. But that is not going to be enough.)

Here’s the video proof:

This clearly proves that Sunil Gavaskar hasn’t commented anything derogatory about the power couple and he was doing normal commentary speaking about how Virat Kohli is aware of the practice he needs to do. For the unversed, Gavaskar referring to the video of Anushka and Virat playing cricket during the lockdown when the latter had to face a bouncer as well. Even that video had gone viral in May earlier this year.

Here’s the video Sunil Gavaskar is referring to:


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