India skipper Virat Kohli has spoken out on the row involving his wife and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and former cricketer Farokh Engineer. In an interview with a national daily, Engineer had criticized the Indian selection committee and went on to say that he had seen them serve tea to Anushka during the 2019 ICC World Cup. Later,
Anushka took to social media to give her opinion on her name being dragged into the affairs of Indian cricket. Kohli has now spoken out on that issue for the first time and hit out at Engineer.
“The value system that she has and her beliefs and the nature she has, it won’t allow her to go against rules and protocols,” Kohli told India Today. “So I don’t know why people have wanted to sensationalize stories by taking her name because she’s a soft target. We both had been ignoring it for a while.”
“When the lies are spoken so much all around, they start becoming truths. So you need to speak up at some stage and that’s exactly what happened recently. She came for one World Cup game against Sri Lanka and the family box and the selector box was different, and there was no selector in that box. She came for 1 game with two friends. As I said, she is known, she’s been successful at a very high level so when people take her name, it gets noticed.”
“You want to mention something about the selectors do that, but why join her name with it. We are not people, who would go out and start these debates but you have to put the truth out there – the way things are and the way they are perceived and accepted are very different. So you need to put across what is happening because you are in those situations yourself,” the India skipper added.
During the interview, Engineer said: “We have got a Mickey Mouse selection committee. How are the selectors qualified? Between them, have they played about 10-12 Test matches. I didn’t even know one of the selectors during the World Cup and I asked him ‘who the hell he was’ because he was wearing the India blazer, and he said he was one of the selectors. All they were doing was getting Anushka Sharma (Kohli’s wife) cups of tea.”
With a sharp reaction to this comment, Anushka wrote: “I have always believed that maintaining silence on false and fabricated news and stories against one if the best way to deal with your detractors. This is how I have handled my career for 11 years now. I always saw the dignity and truth embedded in the shadow of my silence.”