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Farokh Engineer bats for Sunil Gavaskar in Anushka Sharma controversy

The former Indian wicket-keeper felt that too much was read into Gavaskar’s comment on the controversy that led to a response from Anushka on social media.

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Published on: September 27, 2020 17:31 IST
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(L-R) File photos of Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and Sunil Gavaskar

Former Indian wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer has come out in support of Sunil Gavaskar after the latter’s controversial tongue-in-cheek remark regarding Virat Kohli’s recent performance didn’t sit well with many on social.

While Kohli was finding it hard to consolidate his feet in the middle against Kings XI Punjab earlier this after months of no cricket due to COVID-19 induced lockdown, Gavaskar, who was part of the official commentary team, quipped: “Ab jo lockdown tha toh unhone (Kohli)  sirf Anushka ke saath bowling ki practice ki hai, usse toh kuch bhi nahi banna. (As there was no lockdown, he only practice to Anushka’s  bowling, that wasn’t going to help.)”

Gavaskar was referring to a viral video of Kohli playing cricket with Anuskha during the lockdown. This instantly triggered an outrage on social media, calling Gavaskar’s comment deragotary.

Anuskha too wasn’t pleased with the 71-year-old iconic cricketer’s comment and made her feeling apparent in a long Instagram post.

This eventually prompted Gavaskar to come out on a news channel and defend his comment saying his words were misinterpreted.

Farokh, who had its fair share of controversy with Anushka as he blamed Indian selectors of being busy in serving tea to Kohli’s wife than focusing on team India selection, said Indians lack the sense of humour as Gavaskar isn’t someone who derogates a woman.

“We, Indians lack a sense of humour. If Sunil had indeed said so about Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, it must have been in a humorous tone and not in the bad or derogatory taste," Farokh Engineer was quoted as saying by Pakistan Observer. |Knowing Sunil Gavaskar well, I am sure he would have said it jokingly. Even in my case, people took it very seriously with the result that Anushka had to come out with her statement.” 

 

 

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