Let me paint you a picture of the world we’re living in. The year is 2020, nearly a million lives have been lost across the globe due to the ongoing pandemic, people still refuse to wear masks, the Indian media circus is focusing on who took drugs years ago, and Indian women are still battling sexism in every quarter. Now, once again, a woman is being dragged into her husband’s poor performance at the workplace. The couple in question is no ordinary couple. The wife is an acclaimed actor and producer, while the husband is the cricket legend of his generation. Obviously, I am talking about Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli.
Here’s what happened
During the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab match at IPL 2020, Virat Kohli missed a couple of seemingly important catches. It can happen to the best of them, right? But a legendary cricketer and commentator took a rather unfortunate approach to mark that moment. Sunil Gavaskar said, “Ab joh lockdown tha to sirf Anushka ki bowling ki practice ki unhone, wo video dekhi hai, usse to kuch nahi hona hai.”
— Vishal Ghandat (@vishalghandat1) September 25, 2020
Sunil Gavaskar was referring to a video which went viral of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli playing cricket on a terrace during the lockdown.
While my reaction to Mr Gavaskar’s comment was a hard ‘WTF’, Anushka Sharma has now questioned why she is always blamed for her husband’s poor performance.
This hasn’t happened to her for the first time. Anushka has always been the butt of all jokes for all missed shots in her husband’s cricketing career. Earlier, in October 2019, Anushka had spoken about the same.
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It’s 2020. Why is it that when a man succeeds in his profession, he’s lauded for being the best at what he does, but when he fails at something, the woman in his life is always blamed for distracting him? What kind of men does society think we’re raising? And if our men are really that dumb and naive, maybe we should send them back to school so they can learn a few tricks about being independent and as influential as the women in their lives.