MSK Prasad, a former Indian selector, has finally spoken out about the ‘serving tea’ controversy involving Anushka Sharma, the wife of batsman Virat Kohli.
From 2016 until 2020, MSK Prasad served as the Indian cricket team’s top selector.
During the 2019 World Cup, Farokh Engineer, a former Indian captain, termed Prasad’s selection committee a “Mickey Mouse” selection committee.
He further questioned the selectors’ qualifications, claiming that Prasad and the selectors were busy serving tea to Anushka.
“When one of our selectors offers a cup of coffee to the Indian team’s captain’s wife, it becomes a big controversy, but when the Indian team with seven Indian superstars missing wins a Test series against Australia in Australia, not even once that credit was given to selectors.” MSK Prasad to ESPN CricInfo
“The team management’s acknowledgement is the satisfaction. Those on the outside, whether they accept it or not, the inner circle knows what we have done,” he added.
Anushka Sharma’s reply to Farokh Engineer
Following the encounter, Anushka took to social media to express her dissatisfaction in response to Engineer’s words.
“The latest version of these ill intended lies is that I was being serve 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!” Anushka wrote.
“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,” Anushka added.