Anushka Sharma denied claims of former Indian cricketer Farookh Engineer in which he said that one of the selectors served tea to the wife of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli during the World Cup. She responded by describing these allegations as ‘ill-intended lies’. The Indian cricket selection panel was left bewildered by these comments and termed them as ‘malicious’.
Head of Indian selection panel MSK Prasad spoke on the behalf of his colleagues in the later part of Thursday.
“During the World Cup, none of the selectors were sitting in the box where the Indian captain’s wife sat and this is an absolutely rubbish, malicious and defamatory assertion,” Prasad said.
“I feel sad for someone deriving sadistic pleasure out of indulging in petty talk, thereby demeaning & disrespecting the selectors and wife of Indian captain through false and frivolous allegations,” added Prasad.
“Let’s not forget that this selection committee has been appointed by BCCI through a proper process in an AGM,” Prasad concluded.
Anushka Sharma also released a statement on her Instagram handle to clear the air around this matter.
“…the latest version of these ill-intended lies is that I was being served tea by selectors at matches during the World Cup! I came to one game during the World Cup and sat in the family box and not the selectors box as reported but when has the truth mattered when it’s about convenience!” she said.
“If you want to have a comment on the selection committee and their qualifications please do so as it’s your opinion but don’t drag my name into it to substantiate your claim or sensationalise your opinion. I refuse to allow anyone from using my name in such conversations.” she added.
Mrs. Sharma, went on in her statement to slam a media report from the past in which the BCCI was criticised heavily for letting her be a part of a Team India group picture with the Indian High Commissioner in the United Kingdom last year.
“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 concluded.