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Anushka Sharma’s latest move has cricket fans riled up, and honestly, everybody needs to calm down

Give her a break

By Manali Shah  August 8th, 2018

Indian cricket fans are currently crying themselves hoarse on Twitter and we haven’t even lost to Pakistan or any such unimaginable tragedy. Their topic of contention right now is skipper Virat Kohli and wife, Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma. The BCCI tweeted out a photograph of the men in blue along with the members of the High Commission of India in London. Except that Anushka occupied prime position in the front, next to Virat. In an ill-thought caption, BCCI wrote: #TeamIndia members at the High Commission of India in London. 

People were quick to point out that A) Anushka is not part of the Indian cricket squad and B) The vice caption of the team, Ajinkya Rahane, is seen standing behind her. Anushka is the only spouse of a cricketer that can be seen in the photo  something that irked some sensitive people on Twitter. Anushka hardly seems like the type to gate-crash so we can safely assume that she was there on an official invite, nor is the type to muscle in on a photo unless invited to do so by – wait for it — her husband’s closest colleagues. 

Team India are currently in England for a test series against England and there were media reports that wives and girlfriends (WAGs) have been asked to stay away from the tour. However, Shikhar Dhawan’s wife, Ayesha Mukherjee and Rohit Sharma’s wife Ritika Sajdeh were spotted in London and all of us saw Anushka cheering on Virat at the stands when he scored a ton (and kissed his wedding ring in a romantic AF gesture). Banning WAGs by labelling them as a distraction feels like a move that infantalises grown-up players who’ve made it to the national team of the biggest sport in the country. And let’s not forget how fans blamed Anushka for Virat’s sub-par performance in 2016. It got so bad that Virat had to call them out on social media with a hard-hitting post. 

If Virat’s recent century is anything to go by, Anushka’s presence in his life has only helped him. He has publicly credited Anushka for positively changing him as a person. “I have realised a lot of things in the past few years since I’ve been with my wife. Because she is a very spiritual person and I have sort of drifted on that path as well,” he said. Moreover, Anuskha is also responsible for making sure Virat is as woke as she is. “People are very chauvinistic in this country. I certainly wasn’t aware of that growing up, to be honest. But I have started to see myself as a feminist,” he admitted.  

So, we guess haters gonna hate and trolls gonna troll. All while Anushka and Virat continue slaying it in their respective fields. 

All the reasons why Virat Kohli is the perfect modern-day husband

5. He makes sure the world knows he's on her side, no matter what.

The most retweeted post of 2016 was Virat Kohli's defence of his lady love, when trolls blamed her for his inconsistent performance on the cricket field. "Shame on people for trolling non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity." But this wasn't the first time that Virat let the world know that he derives strength from Anushka and there's no way he's going to let anybody take potshots at her. 



2. He makes sure they share the same interests

Anushka is a self-confessed dog lover, and the multiple pictures on her Instagram are enough proof to substantiate that. Meanwhile, Virat's devoted to his pet dog Bruno. Having similar interests as your partner helps develop a stronger bond.

3. He wears her ring around his neck

Ladies, if you're looking for a sign, this is it — if your man chooses to wear your ring around his neck, he wants you to know that his heart belongs to you. Forevz.

7. He takes out time for her, no matter what

After their wedding in December, Virat had to travel to South Africa for to prepare for his upcoming series. And instead of leaving his wife alone in Mumbai, he took her along with him and made work into a fun trip. We saw pictures of the two travelling, shopping and enjoying the scenic views of Cape Town. Need we say more?

4. If you're twinning, you're winning

Are you even a power couple if you don't share a great (matching) sense of style? Virat and Anushka are clearly rubbing off on each other — and in the best way possible. Notice how the couple is complementing each other's athleisure style. Matching sneakers, check. Matching backpacks, check. Matching sunglasses, check. Relationship goals, check.

1. He celebrates her, every day

23 million followers and counting, and Virat's not a tad bit shy to express his deep feelings for his lady love. Scroll through his Instagram, and you will find a pattern — Anushka, cricket and staying fit — that explains his priorities in life.

6. In fact, he's a self-professed feminist

Virat Kohli isn't just protective of his wife, he's been happy to show off his feminist leanings time and time again. In a 2015 interview with the Hindu, he made his stand clear, saying, "“It comes from the kind of society that we have built over the years where women have always been known to be treated as inferiors. How can this be done? This mentality is disturbing and needs to be condemned.”

He followed that up with a Women's Day campaign earlier this year where he encouraged his overwhelmingly male following to celebrate the women in their lives.