Anushka Sharma trolled for joining Team India's official event
Twitterati lashed out at BCCI, who posted the picture via its official Twitter handle, with Anushka Sharma standing right in front, with Virat Kohli
There was sharp criticism on social media for Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma's presence alongside husband — India cricket captain Virat Kohli — and the team during a dinner event at the High Commission of India in London on Tuesday.
Twitterati lashed out at BCCI, who posted this picture (left) via its official Twitter handle, with Anushka standing right in front, with Kohli. Pointing out that vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was standing right at the back, one online user wrote, "Vice captain is in last row and First Lady of Indian cricket is in front row.
These people giving lecture online few days back." Another added, "Omg...when did Anushka Sharma start playing for India?" A third said: "Why does @BCCI allow someone's wife for an official tour. Is your team at work or on honeymoon."
Here's the official Twitter photo tweeted by BCCI...
Vice captain is in last row and First Lady of Indian cricket is in front row. These people giving lecture online few days back. @AnushkaSharma— Ali MG (@aliasgarmg) August 7, 2018
So I guess all other members are bachelors...— Jaydeep Sinh Jhala (@jaydeep_jhala) August 8, 2018
Why is Anushka here lmao?— Od (@odshek) August 8, 2018
She is at the center while the vice captain is at the end lol whatta joke
anushka sharma is also there in the squad so probably she will be included in the playing 11 too for the next match— Mayank Sharma (@MSharma56483635) August 7, 2018
How come Anushka is posing thr as a indian cricket team member... har jagah she’s getting involved professionally, not right!!— Siddhi Ajagaonkar (@Ime_n_mySalman) August 8, 2018
Sir, The problem here is that bcci has banned family members after the test series started. Why special privileges to someone?— Suyash SwaroopðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ (@sscomp32) August 8, 2018
This is unacceptable.. it's ok that Anushka is present with Virat during the indian cricket tour of england but who allowed her take pictures with Team India during such official photo session....?? She is wife of Virat Kohli , not an indian cricket player . Not good at allðÂÂÂÂÂÂ .— Manoj K Sharma (@manojksharma2) August 8, 2018
Meanwhile, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has called on fans to support the entire team and not focus on just one or two players.
Addressing a gathering of senior diplomats, business chiefs and politicians at a special reception hosted by the Indian High Commissioner to the UK Y K Sinha at his London residence on Wednesday evening, the batsman praised his fellow teammates for their hard work.
"We as a team love playing with each other and play with a lot of passion. I would just say to the fans to support the whole team because we all are giving our best efforts and we all want to win together," said Kohli, who was accompanied by his Bollywood star wife Anushka Sharma.
"It's not about individuals or one or two players, it's about Team India together and that's the passion everyone should carry off the field as well," he said. Kohli, alongside the rest of his squad, interacted with the guests at the reception, signed autographs and posed for selfies.
"It is always wonderful to come to London and interact with people who love the game," he said.
The reception in honour of the Indian cricket team was hosted by the High Commissioner ahead of the second Test against England at Lord's, starting tomorrow. "The whole team has played very well. We lost (the first Test), but we lost narrowly. And, I am confident that at Lord's, the Mecca of Cricket, we will win and go on to win the series," said Sinha, praising Kohli as the "greatest batsman in the world".
India is trailing the five-match Test series, having lost their first game at Edgbaston last week.
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