Anushka has helped Kohli grow both as a human being and as a cricketer: Gavaskar

Anushka has helped Kohli grow both as a human being and as a cricketer: Gavaskar

  • Former India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar has lambasted all those who troll Bollywood diva Anushka Sharma by linking her to Virat Kohli’s on-field performance after India match, terming them ‘frustros’ with no love in their lives.

    His comments came close on the heels of Kohli himself hitting out against social media trolls for targeting Sharma by saying that those who blame her anything negative in his cricket career should be ashamed of themselves.

    “All I can say is that they are first pros. I don’t have an idea of the status of their relationship. But she is a lovely girl and they looked absolutely terrific together. And she brought a lot of stability in him at a time when he was just emerging as a lynchpin of India’s batting. He himself has said that she has brought a lot of positivity in his life and career,” Gavaskar told news channel.

    The former captain felt Anushka has helped Kohli grow both as a human being and as a cricketer. For people to say that she was sitting in the stands and he got out. What would he get? He doesn’t get to see her if he gets out on the first ball. He can’t go out from the dressing room and meet her up there.

    “So, all I can say are frustros and they have no love their lives, and therefore, they are taking it out on the poor girl, who has been there, been a support and backed him.

    “In my opinion, she has only helped him grow as a human being and as a cricketer,” said Gavaskar.

    Talking about Kohli’s magnum opus against Australia, Gavaskar said that the Delhi lad has shown that one doesn’t need to play slam-bang cricket even in T20 format.

    “He played cricketing shots (during his unbeaten 82 in India’s 161-run chase in a tense group encounter against Australia in Mohali to enter the last-four stage of World T20) and there was no wild slogging.

    “The drives were absolutely breathtaking. Everything was so right about those shots. Also, he has got the priceless gift of power and timing. And he plays correct cricket. He showed that you don’t have to play slam-bang cricket in T20. You don’t have to look to hit the sixes. Four boundaries in an over he hit and then run brilliantly between the wickets and you got your 20 runs in an over,” he said.

    Asked if Kohli getting the same degree of love and adulation in India as  Sachin Tendulkar used to get, Gavaskar said,  “Yes, he is winning matches for India. He is pulling India out of tough situations. And the way he is playing the game…very attractively. So no surprise that he is getting the adulation and admiration of not just the Indian cricket loving public but just about everybody world around.”

    Gavaskar believes that kohli can get even better.

    “A batsman’s peak years is from the period between 26 to 33. And he is only 27, so for the next 7-8 years…my sincere advice to bowlers is either take up wicketkeeping or batting,”  the legendary batsman quipped.

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