Bravo, Anushka Sharma for Standing Up to Gavaskar. It’s 2020 & We Won’t Let “Casual Sexism” Pass

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Bravo, Anushka Sharma for Standing Up to Gavaskar. It’s 2020 & We Won’t Let “Casual Sexism” Pass

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

If passing sexist and misogynist comments were a sport, Indian trolls would have been Olympians. They have been consistently vile. From 2014, since the time Indian skipper Virat Kohli started dating Anushka Sharma, she has been subjected to online hate each time he underperforms. It’s 2020 and Sharma has gone from girlfriend to wife but nothing’s changed.

The actress was trolled once again after Kohli dropped two catches of KL Rahul in Thursday’s IPL match. Rahul went on to score a century and his team Kings XI Punjab defeated Royal Challengers. But what has become a bigger talking point is the comment made by Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar. Seated in the commentary box during the game, he said, “Inhone lockdown me toh bas Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki hai,” he said.

Gavaskar was referring to a viral video of the couple which surfaced during the lockdown but the jibe was uncalled for and created a furore on social media.

Sharma, of course, is the one to speak her mind. She was quick to call out Gavaskar. In a story posted on Instagram she wrote, “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. ”

“I’m sure you can have many other words and sentences to comment on my husband’s performance from last night or are your words only relevant if you use my name in the process?” the actress slammed back.

The would-be mom is being cheered by women across India for taking a stand. Such casual sexism has no place in 2020.

The controversy has now left people divided. Many said that Gavaskar’s comments were misinterpreted but then again was it really necessary to mention Anushka Sharma while her husband was struggling on the field?

The question of the hour is: Why is Anushka Sharma dragged into conversations when Kohli performs poorly, but not praised with the same fervour every time the team rises victorious?

The truth is that it doesn’t take much to blame a woman for her man’s follies – be it Virat Kohli dropping catches or Sushant Singh smoking weed.

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