Amid the global Coronavirus pandemic, one thing that is keeping Indians engaged and entertained is the Indian Premier League (IPL). The thirteenth season of IPL started on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates. Since then a lot of thrilling matches have been played, and fans are all for these exciting thriller matches.
Whether it’s the massive fan following it enjoys or always being in memes on Social media, one team that always hits limelight is the Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). RCB had a great start to IPL as it won its opening match against the Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH). However, Virat Kohli fans were disappointed by the not-so-good batting by the skipper. He got out after scoring a mere 14 runs off 13 balls. But the team managed to register victory by 10 runs.
Off day for Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli’s streak of bad luck continued in their second match against the Kings XI Punjab. The skipper had a rough day at the game. First, while fielding, he dropped two catches of the Kings XI Punjab batsman KL Rahul. The dropped catches cost RCB dearly as they could not chase the huge target given by the Kings XI Punjab.
KL Rahul was playing at 83 and 89 when Virat Kohli dropped his catches, and so Rahul went on to make 132 runs (not out) off a mere 69 balls. After being dropped Rahul smashed 42 runs in just 9 balls. He hit as many as fourteen Fours and seven Sixes in the innings. This colossal score of 132 made a record as it is the highest individual score by any Indian batsman in the history of the T20 league IPL.
And so the Kings XI Punjab gave RCB a massive target of 207 to chase. A lot was expected from Virat Kohli when he came to bat at number four, but his performance didn’t go down well while batting too. To fans’ disappointment, he could only score one run off five balls and was caught out by Ravi Bishnoi on Sheldon Cottrell’s ball. Later, all players of the Royal Challengers could only score a total of 109 runs for all ten wickets in just 17 overs and lost by a considerable margin of 97 runs.
Apart from the big defeat for RCB, one thing that didn’t go down well with fans was Sunil Gavaskar’s commentary. The 71-year-old Sunil Gavaskar came up with an alleged derogatory comment on the RCB and India skipper Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma.
After his comment, Sunil Gavaskar was at the receiving end of criticism by the netizens on Twitters. Some even demanded to remove him from commentary.
“Inhone lockdown me to bas Anushka ki gendon ki practice ki hai,” said Sunil Gavaskar while he was commenting.
However, dragging both Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma while commenting about his performance in the match was not received well by netizens. Fans were not impressed by the poor choice of words by Sunil Gavaskar. Soon the former cricketer-turned-commentator received a massive backlash for his comment by Twitteratis.
Take a look at some of the tweets-
However, Sunil Gavaskar was referring to a video that went viral during lockdown where Virat with Anushka Sharma can be seen having fun playing cricket. Here is that video:
What Anushka Sharma has to say
The Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma has been blamed in the past too. Whenever the Indian skipper has not been able to perform while Anushka Sharma was cheering him from the audience, she was blamed for the poor performance by Virat Kohli. But the player has always supported his wife to whatever extent he can, giving us major couple goals.
Anushka Sharma also got hurt after hearing such comment from the former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. She took to her Instagram to express her disappointment about the fact that why is she being dragged in cricket. Here’s what the actress wrote in her Instagram story:
I am sure over the years you have respected the private lives of every cricketer while commentating on the game. Don’t you think you should have equal amount of respect for me and us? I am sure you can have many other words and sentences in your mind to use to comment on my husband’s performance from last night or are your words only relevant if you use my name in the process?
It’s 2020 and things still don;’t change for me. When will I stop getting dragged into cricket and stop being used to pass sweeping statements? Respected Mr Gavaskar, you are alegend whose names stands tall in this gentleman’s game. Just wanted to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this.
As far as the couple’s personal life is concerned, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are ready to welcome their little one in January 2021. The cricketer and actor couple got married in December 2017.
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