Anushka Reacts To Comments Made By Engineer On She Being Served Tea By Indian Selection Committee

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New Delhi: Actor Anushka Sharma has reacted to recent comments made by former cricketer Farokh Engineer about having seen members of the Indian selection committee fetched cups of tea for her. Anushka, who is married to cricketer Virat Kohli, refuted the claims and ended her statement by saying, “I drink coffee.”

She wrote in a social media post shared on Thursday that she has maintained her silence on such matters for years, and the reason she has decided to break her silence isn’t because this latest incident has upset her, but because she doesn’t want her silence to be mistaken as her weakness.

“I have always been of the opinion that maintaining silence on false & fabricated news and stories against one is the best way to deal with your detractors. This is how I have handled my career for 11 years now. I always saw dignity & truth embedded in the shadow of my silence,” the actor wrote. She added, “They say, say a lie so many times repeatedly that it starts to look like the truth and I am afraid this is what has been happening with me. My silence has made the lies spitted against me seem true but that ends today.”

Anushka also recalled past instances in which she was blamed for the performance of the Indian national team. She wrote, “I have stayed quiet through all the times I was blamed for the performance of my then boyfriend, now husband Virat and continue to take the blame for the most baseless things involving Indian cricket. I kept quiet then. My name has been used in fabricated stories claiming that I am part of close-door team meetings and influenced selection processes and I have kept silent. My name has been wrongfully used to say how I have been given preferential treatment or how I have overstayed my authorised time with my husband on foreign tours which if anyone really cared about finding facts from the board, would know that I have always and always followed protocol but yet. I kept quiet.”

Anushka’s statement was praised on social media. Reacting in the comments section, actor Ranveer Singh wrote, Hahahaha! hard hard ... Diyela hai.” The actor’s brother wrote, “Bravo.” Other Bollywood personalities hailed her statements, particularly the final line. Arjun Kapoor wrote, “She hits it out f the park. Massive strike huge hit it’s outta here !!!” Parineeti Chopra wrote, “Love you anushka! And coffee > tea.”

“Truth has become about convenience,” wrote rapper Badshah, while comedian Mallika Dua commented, “Strong and robust like her drink of choice.”

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