Actor Anushka Sharma on Monday finally broke her silence on the recent brouhaha over her presence in an Indian cricket team group picture at the Indian High Commission in London.
Anushka who was present at the trailer launch of her film ‘Sui-Dhaaga’ in Mumbai, said that her presence did not violate any norms. "Whoever had to make a clarification that has been made. This was a trolling activity. I don't react to trolls, I don't give attention to them. Whatever happened, has happened within the guidelines. Whatever will happen, will always happen within the guidelines. This is a topic of absolutely no substance."
In a picture shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on their official Twitter handle, Anushka Sharma was seen standing alongside husband and Indian captain Virat Kohli during an official dinner at the High Commissioner’s office in London.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 7, 2018
The BCCI and the actor faced criticism from Twitterati's, who claimed the governing body had breached the norms by not inviting wives or girlfriends of other cricketers in the squad.
Why is Anushka here lmao?
She is at the center while the vice captain is at the end lol whatta joke
— Od (@odshek) August 8, 2018
— झांसी की रानी (@Neha_S0805) August 8, 2018
why is anushka sharma there? she's not a part of team india. this isn't acceptable
— Shah (@FutbolML) August 7, 2018
This is unacceptable.. it's ok that Anushka is present with Virat during the indian cricket tour of england but who allowed her take pictures with Team India during such official photo session....?? She is wife of Virat Kohli , not an indian cricket player . Not good at all.
— Manoj K Sharma (@manojksharma2) August 8, 2018
Is anushka sharma team member of indian cricket team??? What a joke. Why is she in this photo
— Malav Sutaria (@malavsutaria) August 8, 2018
Why @BCCI allow someone's wife at official dinner?vice-captain of Indian Cricket is in last row & first lady of IC @AnushkaSharma is in first row. Wow There is a difference between family photo & Team photo.This is supposed to be a team event not a family function.
— Deepika chaturvedi (@deeps4747) August 8, 2018
A leading daily, quoting a source, said that Anushka was invited by the High Commissioner and her presence was within the guidelines.