Anushka Sharma has been motivating husband Virat Kohli throughout the test series against England from the stands. Adorable, isn’t it? Well, it was until cricket fans got upset by a picture posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In the photograph, Anushka is seen posing with the entire team at the High Commission of India at London.
The picture wouldn’t have been a big deal otherwise, but since it was an official one, it raised questions of why she was there. Donning a beautiful mint colored traditional dress, Mrs. Kohli is seen posing beside her husband and it did not go down well with netizens. To add fuel to the fire, the vice captain, Ajinkya Rahane, is seen standing behind whereas Anushka is in the front!
Here is the picture that started the buzz:
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 7, 2018
As usual, people took to Twitter to express their disappointment and anger. Check it out:
1. Nothing goes unnoticed by the eyes of Twitterati.
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
2. He has a point though.
Is captain wife more important than vice captain? Where are other players wife's? Don't divide team for the sake of captain or Bollywood please
— Sanjay Tank (@SanjaySTank) August 8, 2018
3. Nepotism here too?
Cause they aren’t Bollywood stars 🤧
— Od (@odshek) August 8, 2018
4. That would be an interesting sight for sure!
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
5. Different players, different rules?
No Hard feelings but I heard recently BCCI denied players from having their wives around when on tour in England. WTH is Anushka doing among Indian team?? Rules are meant for Team and captain should lead from front in every aspect. Just saying
— The Cricket Guy (@ambade_akash) August 7, 2018
6. Whoa! Strong statement alert!
@bcci has lost the little credibility it had after posting this picture!
— Ruchi Pradhan (@RuchiLee) August 7, 2018
7. BCCI needs to take care of what they write.
— Vikky Mohanty (@vikkymohanty) August 7, 2018
8. Well, can’t say she has NOTHING to do with cricket *cough* captain *cough*
Who is this new team india squad member in green? The actual players arent to be even seen properly but an actress who has nothing to do with criket is in the front! Wow.
— Maya (@Sharanyashettyy) August 8, 2018
9. Worst captain? Nah, I don’t think so.
— Er. Om Ankesh (@omankesh) August 7, 2018
10. Okay, this did make me laugh!
— Not So Funny Mishra 🌼 (@itssitu) August 8, 2018
To be honest, I agree that Anushka shouldn’t have been in the official picture but some reactions were kinda extreme and uncalled for. What’s your take?