Anushka Sharma hits back at 'vicious' reports in a furious post; B-town proud of her
She ended her statement on a cheeky note.
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In her furious, detailed post on social media, the 31-year-old actress refuted the claims that members of the Indian cricket team selection committee fetched cups of tea for her during ICC World Cup 2019. The controversy erupted after these claims were made by Former India cricketer Farokh Engineer, according to a report in the Times Of India.
During a discussion with a news channel, Engineer said that his comment was made in jest and that he never intended to demean Anushka. He was quoted saying, "I just said it in a jest and it's being made a mountain out of a molehill. Poor Anushka has been dragged into it, she is a lovely girl. Virat Kohli is a brilliant captain and coach Ravi Shastri is extremely good. The entire matter is being blown up unnecessarily. It turned out to be a selector as he was wearing an all India blazer".
After staying silent for all these years, the 'PK' actor finally decided to speak up as she doesn't want her silence to be mistaken for weakness, not because she is upset over these latest incident.
https://t.co/joYNfHrEMM— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) 1572524021000
Sharma, who is married to Team India captain Virat Kohli, has been at the receiving end of several trolls over the years.
When Sharma and Kohli were dating, his now wife was made the scapegoat for the cricketer's poor performance on an Australian tour, linking her mere presence in the stands. In her statement, she addressed that.
"They say, say a lie so many times repeatedly that it starts to look like the truth and I am afraid this is what has been happening with me. My silence has made the lies spitted against me seem true but that ends today. I have stayed quiet through all the times I was blamed for the performance of my then-boyfriend, now-husband Virat and continue to take the blame for the most baseless things involving Indian cricket. I kept quiet then. My name has been used in fabricated stories claiming that I am part of closed-door team meetings and influenced selection processes and I have kept silent. My name has been wrongfully used to say how I have been given preferential treatment or how I have overstayed my authorised time with my husband on foreign tours which if anyone really cared about finding facts from the board, would know that I have always and always followed protocol but yet. I kept quiet," her post read.
In her statement, she also addressed various other controversies she has been embroiled in. She slammed the earlier media report in which the BCCI was criticised for letting her be a part of a Team India group picture with the Indian High Commissioner in the United Kingdom last year.
#TeamIndia members at the High Commission of India in London. https://t.co/tUhaGkSQfe— BCCI (@BCCI) 1533674369000
"I was asked to stand in a group photo by the High Commissioner's wife despite my hesitation to be in it and a huge issue was created over this blaming me for intentionally wanting to be part of it and the said event, even though I was invited for it," she confirmed.
Sharma said she has been buying her own flight tickets to be with Kohli, who has also in the past, called the allegations against his wife a shame.
Sharma said all the reports linking her to controversies in Indian cricket have been "regressive and horrible and malicious and vicious".
"I am not and will not be a pawn to be used by anyone's thoughts or beliefs or agendas and next time you want to use my name to discredit someone or the board or even my husband, do it with facts and proof and leave me OUT of it.
"Maybe, it's hard for some to believe that, because, I am a self-made, independent woman who only happens to be the wife of a cricketer and for the record, I drink coffee," she concluded.
Her elaborate statement on social media was lauded by B-town. While Arjun Kapoor uses cricket jargon to appreciate the actress, Ranveer Singh used phrases from his hit movie 'Gully Boy'. Parineeti Chopra used her cheeky end, and commented 'coffee > tea'. Jacqueline Fernandez was happy that Sharma 'spoke up', and wished 'people were just more human'.
Kohli and Sharma started dating in 2013 after they met at a shampoo commercial. The couple tied the knot on December 11, 2017 in a private ceremony in Italy after a four year-long relationship.