Gautam Gambhir speaks up for Virat-Anushka over Italy marriage criticism

Kohli tied the knot with Bollywood diva Anushka Sharma in a secret ceremony in Tuscany, Italy.

Virat Kohli married with Anushka Sharma in Italy | Twitter

Out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir has come out in support of the recently married couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. Gambhir hits back at the politicians saying that they shouldn't interfere into the personal affairs of anyone.

On Tuesday (December 19), a BJP legislator from Madhya Pradesh named ‘Panna Lal Shakya’ has raised question over the patriotism of India skipper Virat Kohli for preferring Italy over India to get married.

"Virat earned money in India... But he didn't find any place to marry in the country. Is Hindustan untouchable?" Panna Lal Shakya had said according to PTI.

"Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Vikramaditya, Yudhishthir got married on this land. You all must have got married here. None of us goes to a foreign country to get married ... (Kohli) earned money here and spent billions there (Italy)... (he) doesn't have any respect for the country. This proves he is not a patriot," he further added.

Moreover, the controversy fuelled up even more when a BJP leader from Anantnag, Rafiq Wani questioned Virat and Anushka's honeymoon destination choice.

"We have such a huge country of 125 crores citizen, if he wanted to get married he could have got married here. There is no issue that he has got married in abroad, it is his choice but for a honeymoon the most beautiful place which is called 'Heaven on Earth' is Kashmir. So they should have had their honeymoon here. Then our tourism would have gotten a boost also," Wani was quoted by PTI as saying.

Expressing his viewpoint concerning the issue, Gambhir suggested politicians to refrain from commenting on anyone's personal life.

"It is completely their personal matter and choice and nobody should comment on this. Politicians should be more careful while making such comments," Gambhir said while speaking to Times Now.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the power couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma will be hosting a reception on December 21 in New Delhi for their near and dear ones which will be followed by a reception for industry friends and Kohli’s fellow cricketers in Mumbai on December 26.

Kohli will head off to South Africa with his Indian teammates on December 27 as the Men in Blue are scheduled to play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is against the Proteas, with the series opener starting with Cape Town Test on January 5, 2018.

By Salman Anjum - 21 Dec, 2017

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