Actress Anushka Sharma who is married to Virat Kohli has often been the receiver of negative comments whenever he underperformed on the field. Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as India Test captain has left many unhappy, one of them being former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. He blamed marriage to Anushka Sharma for Virat’s poor performances.
In an interview with ANI, Shoaib said that Anushka Sharma’s husband, cricketer Virat Kohli should not have gotten married. He should have concentrated on the game for 10-12 years rather than getting married.
“I would have not even married if I were in his place. I had just scored runs and enjoyed cricket, these 10-12 years of cricket are different time and doesn’t come again, I am not saying getting married is wrong but If you are playing for India, you would have enjoyed the time a little,” said Shoaib Akhtar.
#WATCH | Performance pressure is there on him (Virat Kohli) …I wanted him to marry…after scoring 120 centuries…I wouldn’t have married…had I been in his place… anyway, that’s his personal decision..: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Virat Kohli (23.01) pic.twitter.com/aGRi82kxxE
— ANI (@ANI) January 24, 2022
“There is pressure from the children, of the family. As the responsibility increases, so does the pressure. Cricketers have a short career span of 14-15 years in which you stay at the peak for five-six years. Those years of Virat have passed, now he has to struggle,” he added and said that a cricket captain should get married only after retiring from the role.
The logic behind Shoaib’s comments did not sit well with Anushka and Virat’s fans. They took to Twitter and questioned him for his comments.
Check out fans reactions to Shoaib’s comments here:
Bhai kisi ne puchaa🤦😶
— lawgical Anna🌻 (@annaanupam1) January 24, 2022
Who is he? And why he is preaching?
— VISHNU (@113tiwarivishnu) January 24, 2022
So convenient to drag his self-made, talented, extremely successful wife into the equation. Maybe its a mentality thing among these Pakis
— Aishwarya Raj Bagla (@Aishwaryarbagla) January 24, 2022
What has performance got to do with marriage? Cheapos drag the wives of cricketers in between. I am no fan of Anushka but I feel for her for receiving such hate. Another proof that there are so many misogynists in the society.
— Priyanshi (@the_virgogirl) January 24, 2022
Shutup…. Indeed performance pressure is there on Virat kohli but that doesn’t mean ki usko shaadi nahi karni chahiye thi… Stop blaming Anushka….
— 💫Sakshi💫 (@Sakshi_Singh21) January 24, 2022
Last year, Kohli had stepped down as the T20I captain. He also stepped down as India’s Test captain after leading the side for seven years.