Following Virat Kohli stepping down as the captain of the Indian Men’s Test team, spouse Anushka Sharma posted a heartfelt and touching letter, looking back at the journey, the ups and downs and the growth Virat had achieved, both professionally and in his personal life.
As someone who’s been with Virat since the first time he captained India in a Test match (Adelaide, Australia), Anushka has been part of the ups and downs of his career, even taking unwarranted punishment for the rare lacklustre days in Virat’s career. So, it’s only natural that she would speak about one of the biggest decisions of his life. That’s how partnerships work. That’s how marriage is supposed to work.
Unfortunately, this journalist didn’t think so and questioned Anushka’s letter, comparing her to the spouses of Sachin, Sehwag, Dravid and the likes and essentially accusing her- one of the most popular faces in Indian cinema- of chasing glory.
Such was the decency & resolve to stay away from glory & opulence of cricket that only recognizable appearance Tendulkar’s wife Anjali made was during his last match ! Not a word before/after.— Rohan Dua (@rohanduaT02) January 16, 2022
Kumble & Srinath had their moms jump out in joy during 1996 Titan Cup, with innocence.
Naturally, he was taken to task by legions of Indians with still-functioning brain cells.
Only in India will someone criticise you for expressing love for your spouse in public.— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) January 17, 2022
and this man is all rattled about a wife posting about her husband on her personal social media account. and with that sprinkle of ‘nashanal interest’ he feels entitled to comment. very begaani shaadi main abdullah deewana feels. https://t.co/2o5oq6Q9mD— Sidrah | سِدرَة (@SidrahDP) January 17, 2022
Tell me you’re scared of strong women, without telling me you’re scared of strong women https://t.co/VztguS8ZFu— Rish (@rizzoli264) January 16, 2022
Never before were spouses of “greats” targeted the way Anushka has been through Virat’s career. And even if she wasn’t – as a partner she has every right to talk about her husband on public forums. Who the fcuk are you? https://t.co/bvLf6hMtCO— Just A Citizen (@ks_NotANiceGirl) January 16, 2022
Dude questions why a wife is posting about her husband on her own account. Epic dumbassery. https://t.co/nX2K4aeQ4G— Vir Das (@thevirdas) January 16, 2022
So,— Preeti Maithil Nayak (@preetimaithil) January 16, 2022
Coz Anjali et al weren’t outspoken, nobody else should be.
She is supporting her husband,what’s your problem?
Kohli wasn’t like MS,Sachin wasn’t like dravid.I don’t remember you telling kohli to be soft spoken like Dravid.
Stop patronising women.@AnushkaSharma you go girl. https://t.co/MXmhSy5EbF
Also remember their spouses never getting blamed for their individual performances. Can’t say the same for Anushka 🙂✌🏼 https://t.co/2yo5aQVhIx— A (@Aarsun) January 16, 2022
You are deprived of love and it clearly shows so kindly https://t.co/QUpA8zqNBP pic.twitter.com/q87kKVfo0w— S 🧣 (@kollyscharm) January 16, 2022
This sort of character-sullying of Kohli is common among journalists of a certain generation. Kohli shouts in the face of classic middle class values: shyness, conformity, niceness. He’s everything Sachin wasn’t. This discomfits the middle class.— Himanish Ganjoo (@hganjoo153) January 16, 2022
In character, Kohli >>> Sachin. https://t.co/qfwfX17cFe
How is it to not be loved, Rohan? https://t.co/KA8Gf8CmMS— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) January 16, 2022
A woman posted a heartfelt loving post for her husband pic.twitter.com/pMVeVaT1UW— Wash hands. Wash at back also (@AdvanceDexter) January 16, 2022
Oh, and he’s factually incorrect as well. Rahul Dravid’s wife, Vijeta wrote an op-ed about The Wall that was published in possibly the largest, most popular cricket website on the planet.