Sania Mirza supports Anushka Sharma, says Virat Kohli doesn't get distracted by her presence
New Delhi, News24 Bureau, October 4: Tennis star Sania Mirza came out in support of Anushka Sharma, who is often targetted for bad performance of India cricketer Virat Kohli at the cricket ground. Sania speaking at an event said that the practice of blaming the wives whenever a player performs poorly "makes no sense."
Speaking at the India Economic Summit on Thursday in Mumbai, Mirza hit out at those who see wives and women in general as a distraction. Sania gave an example of Anushka being blamed whenever her husband, talismanic Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, fails to score in an innings.
"Anushka Sharma is blamed if Virat makes a zero, like what does that have anything to do with anything. It makes no sense," she said. "Many a times, including our cricket team and in many teams I have seen that wives or girlfriends are not allowed on tour because the boys will be distracted," said Sania.
"What does that mean? What is it that the women are doing that is going to distract the men so much?" Sania asked.
Mirza has herself been at the receiving end of accusations of this manner being the wife of former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik. After Pakistan's heavy defeat to India, Mirza was one of many who bore the ire of fans.
"See the thing is that comes from a deeper problem which says that a woman is a distraction she cannot be a strength," said Sania.
"If we address the problem that a woman can be a strength or is a strength rather than a distraction or a weakness we might conquer these issues," she added.