Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma has finally broken her silence and reacted to the claims made by former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer that BCCI selectors were “getting her cups of tea” during a World Cup match in England earlier this year.
Engineer made the comments in a recent interview while slamming the Indian selectors, but Anushka, who is India captain Virat Kohli’s wife, made it clear that she had attended just one match during the World Cup and was seated in the family box. India were knocked out of the showpiece event by New Zealand in the semi-finals.
“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!
“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,” Anushka wrote in the length post on her social media accounts.
Anushka has been trolled on numerous occasions on social media in the past with some even blaming her for India’s losses and Virat Kohli’s poor performances whenever he hasn’t been able to fire with the bat. This has been going on since the two started dating and continues till date, even after their marriage.
In her latest post, Anushka also referred to backlash she received from a section of the Indian cricket fans on social media after she was seen posing with the team members in a picture at a gathering hosted by the High Commission of India in London last year during the tour of England.
“My name was used for false stories to make it look like the board was being bothered for my tickets or security, etc when in reality I bought my own tickets for matches and flights and I still kept quiet.
“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. An official clarification was issued by the board on the same and I still kept quiet,” Anushka went on to add in the post on Thursday.