A report on Filmfare regarding Sharma's statement carries this line: "While doing commentary Gavaskar made a comment saying, "Inhone lockdown me to bas Anushka ki gendon ki practice ki hai.' The comment was distasteful as he dragged even Anushka Sharma's name into it".
However, soon after the match ended, Twitterati began to quote Gavaskar as having linked Anushka to Kohli's poor batting.
"This is the exact translation of what Gavaskar said when Kohli came out to bat: "[Kohli] knows he will improve based on the way he practices.
The remark was in bad taste and did not go down well with the RCB skipper's fans, as they are urging the BCCI to remove Gavaskar from the commentary panel. Now there was a lockdown [in India because of the Covid-19 pandemic], and he has practised only against Anushka's bowling.
Kohli dropped his KXIP counterpart KL Rahul twice - once in the 17th over at deep square-leg when he was batting on 83 and then again in the 18th over when he was on 89.
She also asked him to explain why he made such a sweeping statement on her and held her responsible for her husband's performance. In a long post on Instagram, Anushka wrote, "That, Mr Gavaskar, your message is distasteful is a fact, but I would love for you to explain why you thought of making such a sweeping statement on a wife accusing her for her husband's game?" I'm sure over the years you have respected the private life of every cricketer while commentating on the game. "Or did you hear something that I obviously missed?" tweeted Joy.
".Anushka was bowling to him, so that's what I said, that's the only bowling, I have not used any other word".
Gavaskar was probably referring to a clip gone viral on social media during the lockdown where a neighbour had shot Kohli facing throwdowns from Sharma on the terrace of their house. Respected Mr Gavaskar, you are a legend whose names stands tall in this gentleman's game. "Just wanted to tell you what I felt when I heard you say this", she added.
Kohli had revealed that he was scared before Royal Challengers Bangalore's first training session in the UAE as the cricketers returned to the field after a five-month coronavirus-enforced hiatus.
ESPNcricinfo has reached out to Gavaskar's team.