BCCI faced the wrath of cricket fans on Twitter when they shared a picture of ‘Team India’ at the Indian High Commission. Everything seemed normal about the picture except the presence of Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma in it. Twitterverse lashed out at BCCI for posting a picture of Anushka Sharma with Team India. Also, they objected that the Vice Captain was standing in the last row while Anushka stood proudly next to captain Virat Kohli in the picture. A day later, BCCI explains why Anushka was present in the picture and how they broke no protocol by doing so.
Click Here to Read in Hindi why Anushka Sharma was in picture with Team India at High Commission of India, as told by BCCI source
A source close to BCCI told Hindustan Times that no official protocol was broken as Indian High Commission had invited other team players with their families. The source said, “This is the norm wherever the team travels. The High Commission invites the players with their relatives and it is eventually the decision of the individuals. Even in London the players were invited along with their partners. There has been no breach of any protocol.”
“Anushka Sharma came to the reception for the Indian cricket team at the invitation of the high commissioner and his wife. The reception was hosted by the high Commissioner and his wife and not the High Commission. The group photo was taken as the team were entering the house. Ajinkya Rahane may have stood at the back on his own He wasn’t asked to stand there. The reception was at the high commissioner’s residence and not at the high commission,” the source adds.
Here’s a brief recap of what happened. On Wednesday, BCCI shared a picture of Team India with High Commissioner and his wife in London. It wrote, “#TeamIndia members at the High Commission of India in London.”
On this, many social media users took a jibe at BCCI asking them if Anushka Sharma was now included in the playing eleven. Some even criticised the Bollywood actress for being a showgirl everywhere.
Vice captain is in last row and First Lady of Indian cricket is in front row. These people giving lecture online few days back. @AnushkaSharma— Ali MG (@aliasgarmg) August 7, 2018
Why is Anushka here lmao?— Od (@odshek) August 8, 2018
She is at the center while the vice captain is at the end lol whatta joke
anushka sharma is also there in the squad so probably she will be included in the playing 11 too for the next match— Mayank Sharma (@MSharma56483635) August 7, 2018
However, we hope that this explanation by BCCI is sufficient to shut down these trolls on social media.