The fervor surrounding the 2023 World Cup match between India and Australia extended beyond the boundaries of the cricket field, drawing in not only avid fans but also Bollywood celebrities like Anushka Sharma and Athiya Shetty. Their presence, primarily to support their respective husbands—Virat Kohli and KL Rahul—caught the attention of spectators and former Indian cricketer and commentator Harbhajan Singh.
During his Hindi commentary stint for the final match, Harbhajan Singh made a comment that stirred controversy and drew criticism from social media users. As the cameras panned to Anushka Sharma and Athiya Shetty engaged in conversation, Harbhajan Singh’s commentary took an unexpected turn. “And here I was wondering if we’re discussing cricket or movies. Wonder how much they understand about cricket,” he remarked during the broadcast.
This remark swiftly caught fire on social media, with users expressing their disapproval and calling out Singh for his seemingly derogatory comments. One fan shared a video clip of Singh’s comment, demanding an apology, stating, “What do you mean by whether women understand cricket or not, Harbhajan Singh? Please apologize immediately.”
@harbhajan_singh What do you mean that the ladies understand cricket or not?? Please apologise immediately. @AnushkaSharma@theathiyashetty@klrahul@imVkohli#INDvsAUSfinal #INDvAUS #ICCWorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/8gKlG8WvJP
— Arunodaya Singh (@ArunodayaSingh3) November 19, 2023
Another user highlighted the need to refrain from such remarks, emphasizing that Anushka Sharma isn’t just an individual but also Virat Kohli’s wife, who recently made significant contributions to the field. The user condemned the act of making jokes at the expense of someone, especially when it involves the attention of many viewers, labeling it as highly inappropriate.
Harbhajan Singh’s comment has sparked a debate on gender equality and respect in sports, igniting conversations about the role and understanding of women in cricket. As the debate rages on, many are advocating for a more inclusive and respectful approach towards all individuals associated with the game, regardless of their background or personal affiliations.
The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of respectful conduct in the realm of sports commentary, urging for a more inclusive and considerate dialogue within the cricketing community.
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