Why should Virat and Anushka ‘explain’ living arrangements?
10/31/2014 12:52:28 PM
|written By : Shobhaa De|
I read a ‘scoop’ in a leading dailythis week, confirming that Virat Kohli was not - repeat, not - living in Anushka Sharma’s apartment this time! Absurd? You bet. But, there it is. Given that nonsensical controversy that had been triggered off in the wake of Virat’s unimpressive performance in England (only on the field, let me hasten to clarify!), here are two young people — a hot-blooded, successful cricketer (possibly, a future captain), and a lissome Bollywood actress, engaged in a relationship they are pretty upfront about.
Along comes a fuddy-duddy from BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), ‘justifying’ Virat’s uninspiring cricket as a direct fallout of his sharing the room with Anushka during the dismal test matches. The silly old wives’ tale was back in circulation — and there were obviously takers for it. It used to be believed that men needed to conserve their sperm before competing in a physically demanding sport. Why? Because all their energy (taqat) was concentrated in those two (okay, three!) tablespoons of ejaculation. Once they were sexually spent, that was it! Zero energy left to save the honour of the country.
I was beginning to worry that BCCI busybodies would declare that having sex during an arduous tour was anti-national. Especially if it was with a girlfriend! As if having sex with a wife involves a different set of organs! Those chaps hastily backed off when they took notice of the public’s response to their crazy theory. Or else, who knows, they could have included a penalty clause in the contract (How many times? With whom? When? Why?), instructing cricketers to maintain and submit a log book.
Now comes this coy clarification from Virat’s minders that he is being a good boy in Bombay - visiting Anushka’s apartment for a couple of hours, and leaving - Scout’s promise! Come on! This is so humiliating for Virat and Anushka. Why the hell should it bother anybody where the cricketer spends his nights? Did the team manager, Sunil Dev, have something to do with these nocturnal arrangements... or have the two decided to go bashful and conform?