GUWAHATI: Former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer, clearing the air upon his comment, made on actress Anushka Sharma, wife of India skipper Virat Kohli, said that he did not intend to demean Anushka. His comment was made in jest.
On Thursday, Engineer 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.
He said that he saw that the BCCI selectors served “cups of tea” to actress Anushka Sharma during World Cup in England earlier this year.
This statement drew serious flak from Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and India's chief of selectors MSK Prasad.
In response, the actress posted a rebuttal tweet in her Twitter handle stating Engineer’s comment as “ill-intended lies.”
"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! 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 sensationalize your opinion. I refuse to allow anyone from using my name in such conversations," she twitted.
Engineer's comments also drew criticism from chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, as he slams his comments saying Engineer is deriving “sadistic pleasure out of the petty talk.”