The 31-year-old stated that her name was being wrongfully used in fabricated stories inorder to discredit the team setup
Indian captain Virat Kohli's wife and actress Anushka Sharma has hit back against former India cricketer Farokh Engineer, after the latter claimed that the selector’s job had been reduced to serving tea to the captain’s wife while also terming the selection committee a ‘Mickey Mouse selection committee’ without the appropriate qualifications for the position.
The 31-year-old, through a tweet, stated that her name was being wrongfully used in fabricated stories inorder to discredit the team setup.
“My name has been used in fabricated stories claiming that I am part of close-door team meetings and influenced selection processes and I have kept silent. My name has been wrongfully used to say how I have been given preferential treatment or how I have overstayed my authorised time with my husband on foreign tours which if anyone really cared about finding facts from the board, would know that I have always followed protocol but yes, I kept quiet,” Anushka tweeted.
Sharma claimed the stories of her being served tea were the latest example of lies that are used to substantiate baseless claims made by former players.
“The latest version of these ill intended lies is that I was being served tea by selectors at matches during the World Cup! I came to one game during the World Cup and sat in the family box and not the selectors’ box as reported but when has the truth mattered when it’s about convenience! If you want to have a comment on the selection committee and their qualifications please do so as it’s your opinion but don’t drag my name into it to substantiate your claim or sensationalise your opinion,” she tweeted.
The actress clarified that she preferred coffee over tea and emphasised that she was a self-made, independent woman who has never compromised on her dignity.
“I have led my life, built my own career with utmost dignity and I am not going to compromise that for anything. Maybe, it’s hard for some to believe that, because, I am a self-made, independent woman who only happens to be the wife of a cricketer. For the record I only drink coffee,” she added.
Earlier, India’s former wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer had stated that Kohli played an integral role in selection matters and questioned the qualifications of the selectors.
"We have got a Mickey Mouse selection committee. Virat Kohli has a major impact (in the process) which is very good. But how are the selectors qualified? Between them, have they played about 10-12 Test matches," Engineer told The Times Of India.
The former wicketkeeper claimed that the selectors’ job was confined to serving tea to the captain’s wife during matches.
"I didn't even know one of the selectors during the World Cup and I asked him who the hell he was, because he was wearing the India blazer and he said he was one of the selectors. All they were doing was getting Anushka Sharma (Kohli's wife) cups of tea," Engineer added.