Cricket is not only the most popular sport in India but is also revered by many as a religion. When a match is in progress, every area—from highways to workplaces—becomes a cricket field. Everyone exudes knowledge and is inherently passionate about cricket.
Because of this, local cricketers frequently have sizable and devoted fan bases. The game’s ardent followers will not tolerate any jabs at the players or the game itself.
Because of the popularity of the game, fans are not afraid to criticise some of the nation’s most prominent figures when they make controversial statements or take actions that irritate the fans. Numerous incidents of Bollywood actresses being harassed online by fans who are upset with them have occurred.
Here is a list of prominent incidents where cricket players’ contentious behaviour resulted in fans mocking Bollywood actresses on social media:
1. Urvashi Rautela
The first person on this list is Urvashi Rautela since she was the most recent victim of savage trolling by cricket fans. The well-known Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant recently got into a social media argument, and although neither of them used the other’s name, it was obvious who they were targeting.
Urvashi claimed in an interview that “Mr RP” continuously tried to reach her and waited for hours to meet her, but they were unable to get in touch since she had fallen asleep after a long day of work.
Then, in a post, Rishabh Pant attacked her, saying she had used his name to attract attention. In reaction, the actress tweeted at RP, calling him “Chotu Bhaiya” and telling him to focus on the “bat and ball.”
Recently, when a reporter asked the actress whether she had any final words for Rishabh Pant, she responded, “Nothing.. I’m sorry,” leading everyone to believe that the conflict was over. She later stated that she had nothing to say and that her apologies were for her followers.
Not only that, but a recently edited video of her chatting with Pakistani cricketer Naseem Shah went viral and was also shared on her social media account, which brought her a lot of attention and put her in the middle of a debate.
However, the actress faces criticism when Naseem Shah denies knowing who Urvashi Rautela is. She then admits that her PR team broadcast the film without knowing who the other participants were.
2. Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma, who is now filming the biopic of Indian girl cricketer Jhulan Goswami, has come under fire from certain Indian cricket fans who feel she is to blame for Virat Kohli’s failure or underwhelming performance.
The fact that it took Virat Kohli 1,020 days to get his 71st century has caused him to have a dry spell for the previous three years. He was the former captain of the Indian squad.
3. Alia Bhatt
The actress Alia Bhatt was viciously mocked on social media even though she has no relation to cricket and politely named her favourite Indian player in a prior interview.
Alia said that Rohit Sharma is her current favourite cricketer while Virat Kohli is her all-time favourite. Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have long been pivotal players for Indian cricket. The courteous reply from Alia Bhatt didn’t sit well with the Indian cricket fans, and they started tormenting her brutally.
4. Sri Reddy
Sachin Tendulkar, a former well-known cricketer from India, is the epitome of cricket for many Indian fans. He excels in all tasks, both on and off the field, and is a true gentleman, it is also fair to state.
However, a Telugu actress by the name of Sri Reddy accused Sachin Tendulkar of having an affair with a Tollywood actress in a Facebook post after he visited Hyderabad in 2018.
Her Indian supporters harshly chastised her for this, which didn’t sit well with them. In the past, Sri Reddy has caused controversy by declaring that other actors, producers, and directors had molested her. She even stormed off in front of everybody while yelling for justice.
5. Sofia Hayat
In addition to competing in the well-known reality show Bigg Boss, model-turned-actress Sofia Hayat frequently stirs up controversy by blaming many celebrities in error.
Her romance with Indian cricketer and current captain Rohit Sharma, she added, terminated in 2017. She claimed that both on and off the field, Virat Kohli was a much better athlete than Rohit and that she had left Rohit for him.