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Sunil Gavaskar’s comment on Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma sparks controversy

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New Delhi: The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Friday found himself in the midst of a controversy for making an unsavoury comment against Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma after the Indian captain’s forgettable outing in the IPL.

After dropping two catches, Kohli, undoubtedly one of the best when it comes to chases, failed with the bat, managing just a run off five balls against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on Thursday night.

In the commentary box, Gavaskar came up with a comment involving  Kohli’s actor wife Anushka.

Speaking about Kohli’s batting practice amid the pandemic, Gavaskar said: “Aur jo lockdown tha, sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practise ki unhone“, (he has only faced Anushka’s bowling in lockdown)” referring to the viral video of the couple that had surfaced during the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

The remark was deemed to be in bad taste and did not go down well with the RCB skipper’s fans, with some of them urging the BCCI to remove Gavaskar from the commentary panel.

Over the years, on quite a few instances, the Bollywood actress has been blamed whenever the now 31-year-old Kohli under-performed on the cricket field.

The Indian batting mainstay had a forgettable outing at the Dubai International Stadium.

Kohli dropped his KXIP counterpart KL Rahul twice — once in the 17th over at deep square-leg when he was batting on 83 and then again in the 18th over when he was on 89.

The KXIP skipper then went on to shatter a few record on the way to a 69-ball 132 — the highest scored by an Indian in an IPL game.

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