Anushka Sharma responds to backlash over BCCI photograph: Everything happened within guidelines

Press Trust of India

Aug,14 2018 15:42:08 IST

Anushka Sharma, whose presence in the Indian cricket team's group photo in London had attracted severe criticism online, declined to get drawn into the controversy, saying she does not engage with trolls.

Anushka Sharma with the Indian cricket team.

Anushka Sharma with the Indian cricket team.

The 30-year-old actor said her presence in the group photo did not flout any norms. "Whoever had to make a clarification, made it. 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," Anushka told reporters at the trailer launch of Sui Dhaaga.

The photograph, in which Anushka and her husband, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, are seen standing in the front, was taken at the Indian High Commissioner's office in London during an official dinner.

The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI), which shared the picture on their official Twitter handle, also faced backlash from fans who claimed the cricket body had flouted norms by not inviting wives or girlfriends of other cricketers.

BCCI sources later told a leading daily that Anushka was invited by the high commissioner and his wife and her presence was within the guidelines.

Updated Date: Aug 14, 2018 15:42 PM