Fans Questioned Why Anushka Sharma was present at the felicitation ceremony: Virat Kohli became only the 12th Indian player and the 71st overall to earn 100 Test caps on Friday. His special cap was presented to him by head coach and legendary Indian batter Rahul Dravid on the morning of the Mohali Test against Sri Lanka.
“It’s well deserved, well earned, and hopefully it is just the start of many things to come. As we say in the dressing room, double it up,” Dravid praised the 33-year-old former Indian captain for his historic achievement.
Before the start of play on Day 1, Dravid presented Kohli with a special memento in the brief ceremony with the team members lined behind them and Virat Kohli standing with his wife, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma. Kohli hugged Anushka before asking him to take the memento cap with her as he gets ready to bat.
Anushka’s presence with her husband on his memorable day, however, hasn’t been appreciated by a group of netizens. A section of fans have raised questions over whether there was the need for Anushka Sharma to be with Kohli in the cap presentation ceremony; some even wondered whether Anushka Sharma is part of Team India’s bio-bubble.
On the other hand, many fans have defended Anushka Sharma, saying that she has been the support system for Kohli for a long time and deserved to share this big moment together.
Let’s have a look here:
Why Anushka Sharma is on the ground can someone please explain? pic.twitter.com/WR5zJ2H8IH
— ruchika naarang (@ZaftigRuchi) March 4, 2022
Bahot players ke hue hai aise big occasion,lets accept the fact she was there coz she is ANUSHKA SHARMA
— De-wang (@RetardedHurt) March 4, 2022
What is Anushka Sharma doing on the field. Is she even allowed as per rules?
— Dr. Bradpeet Sandhu ? (@Bukowhiskey) March 4, 2022
Anushka Sharma is the luckiest fan girl of Virat Kohli?#100thTestForKingKohli #ViratKohli? pic.twitter.com/FPv4Ohjgfh
— ?????? (@Nara__Raakshasa) March 4, 2022
Couldn’t be a better moment than this?Playing the 100th Test matches ???getting felicitated with your Wife standing next to you???#VK100 #100thTestForKingKohli #ViratKohli #AnushkaSharma #KingKohli pic.twitter.com/oFTmfvxZKF
— Rahul Raj (@ricky_n_rahul) March 4, 2022
Can BCCI explain what was Anushka Sharma doing on the field? Is this a family event or an international test match. Don’t make mockery of cricket just to satisfy some inflated egos. pic.twitter.com/VQBX8xS99N
— Da_Lying_Lama?? (@GoofyOlives) March 4, 2022
Another fan pointed out that pacer Ishant Sharma also had his partner by his side when awarded on his 100th Test last year.
For those , who are trolling anushka ? pic.twitter.com/OsYfOlJXME
— Priyanshu Khandelwal¹⁸ ?? (@Priyanshuinnn) March 4, 2022
Virat Kohli acknowledged this occasion, thanking his wife, family, teammates who have been part of his journey so far. He also had a message for the youngsters: that they can put Test cricket as a priority while also playing the other two formats.
“It is a special moment for me. My wife is here and so is my brother. Everyone is very proud. It is indeed a team game and it couldn’t have been possible without you. Thanks to the BCCI as well. In present day cricket, with the amount we play with three formats and an IPL, the one takeaway the next generation can take from me is that I played 100 games in the purest format,” Kohli said.
On his innings, Kohli was on his way to another half-century however, fell 5 runs short of it as he was bamboozled by a beautiful delivery from Lasith Embuldeniya.