Actor Anushka Sharma faced online criticism for being included in a photo of the Indian cricket team at the High Commission of India in London. The picture was shared by the official BCCI Twitter handle on Wednesday.
Anushka is the only relative present in the picture – she is married to captain Virat Kohli – and can be seen standing in the middle of the group, with the rest of the team on either side of her. This comes after the BCCI reportedly advised players to not be distracted by wives and girlfriends for at least three test matches during the ongoing England tour. The BCCI has reportedly told players that their spouses and girlfriends would only be allowed to stay with them for two weeks during tours exceeding 45 days.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 7, 2018
The tweet has attracted harsh criticism from fans. “Vice captain is in last row and First Lady of Indian cricket is in front row. These people giving lecture online few days back,” one person wrote. “So I guess all other members are bachelors,” another person wrote, alluding to the absence of any other player’s partner.
You can check out more angry reactions here:
Vice captain is in last row and First Lady of Indian cricket is in front row. These people giving lecture online few days back. @AnushkaSharma
— Ali MG (@aliasgarmg) August 7, 2018
Why @BCCI allows someones wife at official tour…. Please confirm Is your team mens are at work or on honeymoon
— Nishant (@NishNishantkr) August 7, 2018
anushka sharma is also there in the squad so probably she will be included in the playing 11 too for the next match
— Mayank Sharma (@MSharma56483635) August 7, 2018
No Hard feelings but I heard recently BCCI denied players from having their wives around when on tour in England. WTH is Anushka doing among Indian team?? Rules are meant for Team and captain should lead from front in every aspect. Just saying
— The Cricket Guy (@ambade_akash) August 7, 2018
Why is Anushka here lmao?
She is at the center while the vice captain is at the end lol whatta joke
— Od (@odshek) August 8, 2018
News – Virat to receive bharat ratna award.
News – We apologise for the wrong news , virat and anushka to receive bharat ratna award for virat’s achievement.
— BING ☔️ (@ya_jhakaas) August 8, 2018
When did BCCI declare Anushka as Vice captain ??
C’mon Virat…We know she’s your wife. She is your wife but not your luggage. Stop carrying her everywhere you go. https://t.co/8BuIKalEU9
— SPOORTHI NAYAK❤️?? (@rainamyidol3) August 8, 2018
Anushka has been a constant presence by her husband’s side during the England tour, with paparazzi snapping pictures of the couple on streets and supermarkets. She has also been spotted cheering Virat on from the stands during matches. The couple was married at a secret ceremony in Italy late last year.
They were recently involved in another controversy when they shared a photo of a man littering on the streets of Mumbai. In a video uploaded by Virat on social media, Anushka can be seen chastising the man, who later accused the couple of abusing their power.