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Much ado about nothing

AGE CORRESPONDENT
Published : Aug 13, 2018, 12:13 am IST
Updated : Aug 13, 2018, 12:13 am IST

A picture is worth a thousand words. In today’s world of rampant social media, it is worth perhaps even more.

 Anushka Sharma, who was standing away from the centre of the action, was called to stand next to her by the High Commissioner Yash Sinha’s wife Girija. Just a woman seeking the company of another.
  Anushka Sharma, who was standing away from the centre of the action, was called to stand next to her by the High Commissioner Yash Sinha’s wife Girija. Just a woman seeking the company of another.

A picture is worth a thousand words. In today’s world of rampant social media, it is worth perhaps even more. It would appear, on the face of it, that the group picture of the Indian cricket team at the Indian High Commissioner’s residence before the Lord’s Test had raised several issues while raising the hackles of tweeple. Why was   captain Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma given special treatment? Was she the only one invited? Why was she in the centre of the picture while even the vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was standing at back?

We decided to do a fact check before commenting on apparently discriminatory events.

Sources close to the high commission revealed that:

1. Anushka Sharma, Preethi Ashwin and Ayesha Dhawan, who were in London, were also invited to the dinner thrown by the HC and his wife and not formally by the Indian High Commission. They could not make it to the reception as one of the conditions stated in the invitation was that children below five were not welcome. They had to stay back since they could not leave their young kids alone in hotel rooms.

2.The picture was not a formal team photo opportunity and was clicked informally by a guest present.

3. Anushka Sharma, who was standing away from the centre of the action, was called to stand next to her by the High Commissioner Yash Sinha’s wife Girija. Just a woman seeking the company of another.

Since the photo-op was used while the team was trooping into the Kensington Garden residence, there was no particular order of standing and Rahane was in the back row of his own volition. The fact checker would prove that things are not always what they seem prima facie. There is more than a thousand words behind each picture. Any nasty comments or charges of discrimination made in this instance have to be seen in the light of the fact that tweeple were not aware of the background.

Hope this clears the air on poor Anushka Sharma who was in London on work.

Ali MG @ aliasgarmg
Vice captain is in last row and First Lady of Indian cricket is in front row. These people giving lecture online few days back. @AnushkaSharma

sumeet badlani @sumeet_b
If standing positions decides the status of a person (speaking of vc) in the team, u shud criticize every CUP win...DHONI being a captain always stood back in the corner

Bharath Aiyanna @bharathaiyanna
As someone mentioned earlier the vice captain of the Indian cricket team is standing in last row, whereas the captain’s wife is in front row. This just looks unprofessional by everyone

 Stonem @TheBarfi Girl
She was invited & she posed beside her husband who is the captain of Indian cricket Team.Do  you know about any law in BCCI which forbids the cricketers’ wives to pose beside their husbands in any of their out of the field events?

Kate and Kate's dirty sister@ FutbolML
why is anushka sharma there? she’s not a part of team india. this isn’t acceptable

Arpit Awasthi@ arpit_2112
Anushka bhabhi bhi squad mein hai kya?? @imVkohli

Od@odshek
Why is Anushka here lmao? She is at the center while the vice captain is at the end lol whatta joke

aarvind@aarvindvasu
Rule is Rule even for a Fool... BCCI should answer WTH did Anushka was sitting in Edgbaston balcony cheering for his hubby... If this was the case y didn’t BCCI allowed other players spouse chearing for them? We demand answers from BCCI

VIKAS@Palvikas12341
Is A Sharma more important than team ????? It’s happening only for the arrogance of virat kohli ......Bcoz for him team is nothing.... And his wife is everything.......

Ruchi Pradhan@RuchiLee
@bcci has lost the little credibility it had after posting this picture!

Mayank Sharma@ MSharma 56483635
anushka sharma is also there in the squad so probably she will be included in the playing 11 too for the next match

Sanjay Tank@SanjaySTank
Is captain wife more important than vice captain? Where are other players wives? Don’t divide team for the sake of captain or Bollywood please

The Cricket Guy@ ambade_akash
No Hard feelings but I heard recently BCCI denied players from having their wives around when on tour in England. WTH is Anushka doing among Indian team?? Rules are meant for Team and captain should lead from front in every aspect. Just saying

Suyash Swaroop @sscomp32
Sir, The problem here is that bcci has banned family members after the test series started. Why special privileges to someone?

Booby Prize

Brajesh Thakur, who ran a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur where girls were allegedy sexually exploited, said he was about to join the Congress but the political party rejected his claim.

“I was thinking of joining Congress and it was almost final that I will contest elections from Muzaffarpur. I am being framed for that reason. This is also happening due to that. None of the girls has taken my name, you can check that for yourself in the case diary,” Thakur said ahead of an appearance in a POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act) court at Muzaffarpur.

Tags: ajinkya rahane, anushka sharma, virat kohli