11
Saturday
July 2020
1:41 AM IST
News Headlines
Missing Mayor found dead in north Seoul        Heavy rain hits scenic central Japan, more damage in south        Bikru bloodbath mastermind Vikas Dubey nabbed in MP town        NIA to probe gold smuggling case, ex-Consulate woman employee moves HC for anticipatory bail        Kerala reports biggest daily spike of 339 infections,COVID-19 tally crosses 6,500 mark        Holder wins early battle with Stokes as Windies take control        Ganguly announces cancellation of Asia Cup in September        We have asked every state to adopt one sport: Rijiju        Rupee slips 9 paise to 75.02 against USD        ICICI Bank to raise up to Rs 15,000 crore to bolster capital base        Trump threatens to cut federal aid if schools don't reopen        Pak PM urges world community to share info on COVID-19 strategies as tally rises to 239,225        Enhancing global cooperation need of the hour to effectively tackle COVID-19: Prez        Kanpur encounter: 2 policemen held for 'tipping off' gangster Vikas Dubey about police action        CBSE should explain rationale behind dropping certain chapters from curriculum: Sisodia        301 test positive in Kerala,COVID-19 tally crosses 6,000 mark        Dhoni turns 39, wishes pour in from all corners        New era for cricket as England-West Indies series begins        India''s COVID-19 tally, fatality rate per million population lowest in world: Govt        Rahul asks why no mention of Galwan Valley in MEA statement on talks        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
Sports News
Enraged Anushka hits back at Engineer; calls his claims ill-intended lies
 
New Delhi: "Ill-intended lies", said an outraged Anushka Sharma, while a baffled selection panel member termed it "malicious" after former wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer claimed that the actor wife of India captain Virat Kohli sat with the selectors and was served tea by one of them during the World Cup this year. Speaking to a newspaper, the 82-year-old Engineer, who played 46 Tests for India, ridiculed the credentials of India''s five-member selection panel, led by MSK Prasad and comprising Sarandeep Singh and Jatin Paranjpe, Gagan Khoda and Devang Gandhi.

Engineer claimed that he saw one of these five men serve tea to Sharma during the World Cup in England but didn''t name anyone. Prasad, while speaking on behalf of his colleagues rubbished the allegations. "During the World Cup, none of the selectors were sitting in the box where the Indian captain''s wife sat and this is an absolutely rubbish, malicious and defamatory assertion," Prasad told PTI. "I feel sad for someone deriving sadistic pleasure out of indulging in petty talk, thereby demeaning & disrespecting the selectors and wife of Indian captain through false and frivolous allegations," an angry Prasad added.

"Let''s not forget that this selection committee has been appointed by BCCI through a proper process in an AGM," Prasad added. Sharma came across way more furious in her statement. "...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!" she said. "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.

I refuse to allow anyone from using my name in such conversations," was her retort to Engineer''s claims. In her statement, Sharma also addressed the past controversies she has been embroiled in. "I have stayed quiet through all the times I was blamed for the performance of my then boyfriend, now husband Virat and continue to take the blame for the most baseless things involving Indian cricket," she stated. "...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 and always followed protocol but yet, I kept quiet," she added referring to a past report, which claimed that the BCCI decided its roster for players'' wives and partners based on Sharma''s schedule. Sharma said she has been buying her own flight tickets to be with Kohli, who has also in the past, called the allegations against his wife a shame.

Sharma, in her latest statement, slammed another earlier media report in which the BCCI was criticised for letting her be a part of a Team India group picture with the Indian High Commissioner in the United Kingdom last year. "I was asked to stand in a group photo by the High Commissioner''s wife despite my hesitation to be in it and a huge issue was created over this blaming me for intentionally wanting to be part of it and the said event, even though I was invited for it," she said. Sharma said all the reports linking her to controversies in Indian cricket have been "regressive and horrible and malicious and vicious".

"I am not and will not be a pawn to be used by anyone''s thoughts or beliefs or agendas and next time you want to use my name to discredit someone or the board or even my husband, do it with facts and proof and leave me OUT of it. "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 and for the record, I drink coffee," she concluded. Prasad feels that it''s time that Engineer behaved his age as it doesn''t behove his stature to pass such nasty comments about anyone''s wife, be it Indian captain or any ordinary man. "Someone at the age of 82 should reflect maturity and enjoy the progress of Indian cricket from his time to the current day."


Holder wins early battle with Stokes as Windies take control
Ganguly announces cancellation of Asia Cup in September
We have asked every state to adopt one sport: Rijiju
Dhoni turns 39, wishes pour in from all corners
New era for cricket as England-West Indies series begins
New Zealand offers to host IPL after UAE and Sri Lanka: BCCI Official By Bharat Sharma
Stokes is a bit like Kohli, he will turn out to be an excellent captain: Hussain
Having Warner in team is like having Floyd Mayweather: Justin Langer
Forgot count of how many team meetings were held to discuss Tendulkar: Hussain
We stay clear of engagement with Kohli as it brings out the best in him: Hazlewood
There was environment of fear in Pakistan team during 2019 WC: Inzamam
Liverpool thrashed 4-0 by Man City in 1st game as champions
Younis once held a knife to my throat when I offered him advice: Flower
Swiss soccer player positive after Serbia visit
Messi scores 700th goal, Barcelona held 2-2 by Atl tico
Baseball's minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons
Wisden name Ravindra Jadeja as India?s ''Most Valuable Test Player'' of 21st century
Six Pak players, including Hafeez, test negative for COVID-19; to join squad in England
India''s Nitin Menon becomes youngest umpire to enter ICC Elite Panel
Ian Botham claims had COVID-19 in Jan, but mistook it for ''bad flu''
KERALA NEWS
Kerala reports biggest daily spike of 339 infections,COVID-19 tally crosses 6,500 mark
 Thiruvananthapuram: With COVID19 cases continuing to spiral, Kerala on Thursday recorded the biggest  
Kerala reports 272 fresh cases; 68 infected through contact
Will take appropriate decision at appropriate time:Jose K Mani
Kerala reports 131 new COVID cases, 75 recoveries, 2,112 patients under treatment
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Missing Mayor found dead in north Seoul
 Seoul: The Mayor of this South Korean capital was found dead at Bugaksan mountain here on Thursday,
Heavy rain hits scenic central Japan, more damage in south
Trump threatens to cut federal aid if schools don't reopen
Pak PM urges world community to share info on COVID-19 strategies as tally rises to 239,225
NATIONAL NEWS
Bikru bloodbath mastermind Vikas Dubey nabbed in MP town
 Ujjain: History-sheeter Vikas Dubey ? the prime accused for whom Uttar Pradesh Police had launched a
Enhancing global cooperation need of the hour to effectively tackle COVID-19: Prez
Kanpur encounter: 2 policemen held for 'tipping off' gangster Vikas Dubey about police action
CBSE should explain rationale behind dropping certain chapters from curriculum: Sisodia
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2020 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.