IPL2020: Gavaskar defends his comment on Kohli's batting makes clarifications to the media

Gavaskar however said his remarks were not perceived in the right setting. (Read the whole statement in the article)


Sunil Gavaskar on Friday wound up amidst a discussion for a remark on India captain Virat Kohli and his significant other Anushka Sharma however the unbelievable batsman stated that his comments, interpreted as chauvinist, were confused.

Kohli had an awful day in office on Thursday when he drove Royal Challengers Bangalore against Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) coordinate. He dropped two gets of adversary captain KL Rahul and oversaw just a run-off five balls in RCB's pursuit.

While Kohli was still at the crease, Gavaskar said 'India captain is keen to improve and he knows that he can do so only by practicing more and more'. He then added that 'during the lockdown Kohli faced only Anushka's bowling and it is showing that it did not help much'.

(statement has been translated from Hindi to English.)

Notwithstanding, the remark didn't go down well with Kohli and Anushka's fans and some even requested his firing from STAR Sports discourse board, lashing out at him via web-based media.

Responding to it, Anushka likewise gave an announcement on her Instagram page and said that Gavaskar's message was "distasteful". She was furious that her name was pointlessly referenced by a respected person like him.

She wrote, "That, Mr Gavaskar, your message is distasteful is a fact but I would love for you to explain why you thought of making such a sweeping statement on a wife accusing her for her husband's game?."

"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 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?"

"......Respected Mr. Gavaskar, you are a legend whose name stands tall in this gentleman's game. Just wanted to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this."

Gavaskar however said his remarks were not perceived in the right setting.

The comment as per Gavaskar was concerning a video cut where Kohli and Anushka were seen getting a charge out of some tennis ball cricket in their compound.

"Firstly, I would like to say, where am I blaming her, I'm not blaming her. I am only saying that the video showed she was bowling to Virat. Virat has only played that much bowling in this lockdown period," Gavaskar told India Today channel.

"It is tennis ball fun game that people have to pass time during the lockdown, so that's all, so where am I blaming her for Virat's failures."

Gavaskar also rubbished allegations on social media that he made a "sexist comment".

"I'm the one who has always batted for wives going with husbands on tours. I am the one who has always said that like a normal guy going to office for a 9-5 job, when he comes back home, he comes back to his wife, similarly why can't cricketers have their wives with them," Gavaskar said.

He also tried to explain his comment.

"As you can hear from the commentary, Aakash was talking about the fact there has been very little chance for any proper practice in the lockdown, for everybody...

".....that has actually shown in rustiness of some of the players in their first matches. Rohit (Sharma) didn't strike the ball well, now in the second match he has got runs, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) didn't strike the ball well in the first match."

".....Anushka was bowling to him, so that's what I said, that's the only bowling, I have not used any other word. She was bowling to him, that's all, where am I blaming her, where I am being sexist in this."

"I'm just only stating what was seen on the video which was maybe recorded by somebody in the neighbouring buildings and put up and that's the only thing I'm doing, but the point I'm making trying to make is that there was no practice for anybody including Virat in the lockdown.

"...I have not been sexist, if somebody has interpreted it, what can I do," Gavaskar said.