Updated: October 31, 2019 11:12:34 pm
Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who is married to Indian skipper Virat Kohli, has hit back at former wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer over his claim that a selector had served her tea during the 2019 World Cup.
In her latest tweet, the Bollywood star also responded at length to all the digs taken at her in the past and clarified her stance on the same. Recalling previous controversies where Anushka had also been held responsible for Kohli’s bad form in 2014, she said she won’t allow anyone to use her name for creating controversies.
“The latest version of these ill intended lies is that I was being served tea by selectors 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!”
“If you have a comment on the selection committee and their qualifications please do so as it’s your opinion but do not drag me into it to substantiate your claim or sensationalise your opinion. I refuse to allow anyone from using my name in such conversations,” her statement read.
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) October 31, 2019
Earlier, Farokh Engineer lambasted the current Indian selection committee, claiming that the MSK Prasad-led panel is “a Mickey Mouse selection committee” who were apparently busy tending to Anushka Sharma’s needs during the World Cup.
“All they were doing was getting Anushka Sharma cups of tea,” Engineer told The Times of India.
“How are the selectors even qualified? Between them, have they played about ten or twelve 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,” said the 81-year-old.
The current Indian selection committee is headed by MSK Prasad (6 Tests, 17 ODIs) while former India cricketers Devang Gandhi (4 Tests, 3 ODIs), Sarandeep Singh (3 Tests, 5 ODIs), Jatin Paranjpe (4 ODIs), and Gagan Khoda (2 ODIs) are the other four members.
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