Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma has been a victim of online hate and trolling ever since she started dating Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli. From day one, Anushka has been blamed a lot of times when Virat’s performance was not up to the mark or even if he scored less runs when she came to watch a match. Because Virat, obviously, is incapable of making mistakes on his own, right?
Here’s a look at all the times when the B-town diva faced a backlash from social media users for Virat’s poor form and performance over the years.
1- Starting with the most recent one. During an IPL match between RCB and Kings XI Punjab, after dropping two catches, Kohli, failed with the bat, managing just a run-off five balls. In the commentary box, Gavaskar came up with a comment involving Kohli’s wife Anushka.
He said, “Inhone lockdown mein toh bas Anushka ki gendon ki practice ki hai.” Soon, it created a stir on social media, with some people supporting Anushka and many, giving justifications on behalf of the former cricketer – saying that he was referring to a viral video of Anushka and Virat playing cricket on their terrace.
Slamming Gavaskar, Anushka penned down a note on her Instagram story calling his comment disgusting and useless.
2- Something similar happened last year when former Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer made a comment criticizing the selection panel for doing a bad job at the World Cup 2019. He said,
“All they (the selectors) were doing was getting Anushka Sharma cups of tea. I feel people with the stature of Dilip Vengsarkar should be in the selection committee.”
Anushka then released a statement, where she mentioned that these stories were fabricated and a sexist attempt to malign her image.
Later, Farokh said that he ‘never meant to demean Anushka’.
3- In 2016, when the couple had broken up for a short while, Kohli had incidentally delivered a stellar performance. Fans had then commented that his performance improved because Anushka is out of his life. Some had even thanked her for breaking up with him.
The bullying was so merciless that the cricketer had to step in to shut up the trolls. He had said, “Shame on people for trolling Anushka Sharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity.”
4- In 2015, when Anushka had traveled to Sydney to cheer for her boyfriend Kohli, the skipper had got out on his first ball during the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match. The actress was once again hounded for the loss. Many dubbed her a “bad omen” and blamed her for India’s loss at the game.
5- In 2018, RCB’s performance was one of the worst throughout which agitated fans who then targeted Anushka Sharma for the team’s poor performances. According to them, the Bangalore team lost every tie when the Bollywood diva made an appearance in the stands.