To all those people targeting Anushka, please take a bow. I appreciate all your prudence and smartness. I blame Anushka Sharma too. Just as I blame a black cat for crossing my way in case something inopportune happens to me. I put the blame on you Anushka. Do I need a reason to blame you? Ofcourse not.
For us Indians, cricket is lifeline. It is our religion and undeniably the common cord that connects the otherwise divergent nation. We eat, pray and love cricket. For a country that has dismal standing in several other sports, cricket is what keeps us high. It is one source of pride and instant joy for this sport frenzy nation. Hence, it is not surprising that almost every child in India grows up playing gali cricket. No wonder the huge excitement and buildup of the CWC is totally legible and expected. Especially since the team’s performance had not been exactly praiseworthy in the matches preceding the World Cup, we were looking forward to a new beginning. It came as a breadth of fresh air when the Indian skipper and his players bounced back to win seven matches in a row. This led us straight to the semi-finals, definitely soaring up the expectations of the 1.2 billion population.
However, exactly then, the unthinkable happened. In the second semi-final of the series, India lost to Australia by 95 runs, getting knocked out of the World Cup tournament. It was like a calamity had struck a nation. Needless to say, people were sad, dejected and lost in despair. Some of them had a feeling of frustration and anger at being let down at such a crucial stage. It is those sentimental people who could not contain their emotions any longer and directed all the built up anger at anybody they deemed worthy of it.
At this juncture, the newest couple on the block, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, came as an easy target. She went there to cheer for him. Virat Kohli went out for 1 run on 13 balls; a very disagreeable figure for a team already under immense pressure. Not just the target, there was a constant pressure of the huge expectations lying heavily on their shoulders. So when India lost the match, our darling actress was made the scapegoat. Everyone across the Internet, social media, news and television started blaming her for being the distraction in his game. There were banners, posters being made and effigies being burnt of the innocent actress who erred to be visibly supporting her beloved. It was like a war had been lost and she was responsible for all the lives lost. People were let down and Anushka was the sole reason for all their unhappiness.
To all those people targeting Anushka, please take a bow. I appreciate all your prudence and smartness. I blame Anushka Sharma too. Just as I blame a black cat for crossing my way in case something inopportune happens to me. Just as I blame my runny sneezy nose for all my unfinished tasks, I put the blame on you Anushka. Do I need a reason to blame you? Ofcourse not.
Instead of finding reasons to assign blame, could you just take a step back and appreciate the game Australians played. What a fine display of cricket by the home team. Sadly, the logical Indian is too blinded by his anger to see that. It is not shocking that these very enthusiasts would have attributed the lucky charm epithet to her had he performed well. We take no time to attribute the demigod status to our idols if they bring laurels to our nation. However, we take lesser time to resort to stone pelting, thrashing and damaging their property if they sin to lose. This level of frenzy is insane and scary. The very reason security has been beefed up at MS Dhoni’s house, incase such incidents happen.
Media is an equal partner to this crime. There are pre, post and live match discussions all through the cricket season. Scrutiny of every ball and criticism is a must for any proclaimed cricket guru who comes up to distribute gyaan. People like KRK only add fuel to the fire. Kamal R Khan, whose standing in the industry is itself questionable, doesn’t stay far behind to stir up an impending controversy. Well, frankly because he got nothing better on his hands. Unashamedly, he calls out his fans to throw stones at Anushka Sharma’s house for the disgrace she had brought to the country. The very famous NewsHour and Arnab Goswami don’t lag when it comes to anything making news. He made no attempt to disguise the hits at her either.
It is sad to hear about such derogatory remarks being directed at somebody not deserving of them. Why can’t the foolish sentimental Indian just admit that the better team has won? Why can’t they admit that players had a bad day just like they do sometimes? For once, try not to be a sour loser and accept defeat gracefully.