The BCCI on Wednesday posted a group photo of the Indian cricket team outside the India High Commission in London, where they were invited for an official reception.
Taking to Twitter, the BCCI wrote, “#TeamIndia members at the High Commission of India in London.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 7, 2018
Also in the photo was Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma, who’s now married to the Indian captain Virat Kohli. The photo evoked angry reactions from Twitter users, who questioned the rationale behind Anushka’s presence in the official group of the national cricket team.
User Nishant asked, “Why @BCCI allows someones wife at official tour…. Please confirm Is your team mens are at work or on honeymoon?” User Ali MG wrote, “Vice captain is in last row and First Lady of Indian cricket is in front row. These people giving lecture online few days back.” When someone argued that there was nothing wrong in wives accompanying their cricketer husbands to official function, user Shiwalipant wrote, “Wives are invited with the players. for high commission dinner in South Africa, wives of all the players accompanied them.”
The timing of the latest controversy follows a humiliating defeat of the Indian team in the first Test by England in Birmingham’s Edgbaston. Former England skipper Nasser Hussain had later blamed poor captaincy by Kohli for the Indian defeat. While on the England tour, Kohli has often been spotted spending time on shopping with his glamorous wife.
Kohli and Anushka have lately become incredibly unpopular among a large group of Indian cricket and Bollywood fans after the couple was accused of shaming an ordinary member of public by sharing a littering video.
Anushka had faced trolling for several weeks as fans accused her of seeking cheap publicity at the cost of an innocent commuter on the road.