Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has spilt beans on the controversy involving his former teammate Sunil Gavaskar and Anushka Sharma, wife of India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli.
Kohli struggled to time the ball well in the first few games of the ongoing IPL and Gavaskar opened up about the struggles of the RCB captain on-air. The Mumbaikar said, “Sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki hai unhone,” while referring to Virat-Anushka’s viral video of playing cricket at their Mumbai residence during the lockdown.
Though a section also supported Gavaskar, he was slammed left, right and centre by the majority for his remarks.
Now, a month later, Shastri cleared his stance on the whole drama. The former cricketer backed the Bollywood actress saying that Anushka is entitled to express her opinions if she felt hurt by Gavaskar’s comments.
“If Anushka Sharma felt it, she is entitled to say. Whether the comment made by Sunil Gavaskar is agreeable or not, I would not have gone down that route myself,” Shastri told Times Now.
If Anushka Sharma felt it, she is entitled to say. Whether the comment made by Sunil Gavaskar is agreeable or not, I would not have down that route myself: @RaviShastriOfc, Head Coach, Indian cricket team tells Navika Kumar on #FranklySpeakingWithRaviShastri. pic.twitter.com/nWR5J1STUa
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 31, 2020
Well, after Anushka’s outburst on social media, Gavaskar had defended his words by clarifying on-air, “I did not make any sexist comment. I said Virat Kohli didn’t get time to practice during the lockdown. We all saw how Virat Kohli was practicing on his terrace and Anushka was bowling to him. I just said Virat only got chance to practice on Anushka’s bowling,” said Gavaskar.