India’s brilliant run in the ICC World Cup 2023 ended with a heartbreaking loss to Australia in the final which was played in Ahmedabad on November 19. This victory made Australia a six-time World Champions.
India, put into bat, posted only 240 runs with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli scoring fifties and Rohit Sharma making 47. In reply, Travis Head’s 137 and Marnus Labuschagne’s 58* took Australia to a 6-wicket win with 7 overs left.
Several celebrities came to watch the match, including Bollywood actors Anushka Sharma and Athiya Shetty. They were there to cheer for their spouses, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul respectively.
At one point in the game, the camera zoomed in on the duo. The commentators on Star Sports then started talking about the family members' superstitions.
"The family members have superstition. Till the time these two are playing they will sit at one place," said one of the commentators.
To this, Harbhajan Singh had a slip of tongue and said that he wondered what the two were talking about, movies or cricket and said I don't know how much knowledge Athiya and Anushka had about cricket.
"Yahi main soch raha tha ki baat cricket ki ho rahi hogi ya phir films ki..kyunki cricket ke baare mein toh main jaanta nahi kitni samajh hogi." (This is what I was thinking if they are talking about cricket or films..Because I don't know how much they understand cricket)," said Harbhajan Singh in reply.
This comment made by Harbhajan Singh was in poor taste and led to him facing backlash on social media. Fans were furious with the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup-winning cricketer’s slip of the tongue and lashed out at him.
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