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The World Is Spinning: Blame It On Eve

28/03/2015 8:13 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian fans shout slogans with posters of Indian cricket player Virat Kohli, left and his girlfriend and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma, right, as they react to India’s defeat in the ICC cricket world cup semi-final match against Australia, in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Australia ended 2011 champion India's unbeaten run at the World Cup with a 95-run victory Thursday that ensured the tournament co-hosts will meet in the final. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

She isn't captain, nor is she coach. But if an alien were to scroll through tweets last evening, it would appear that she occupies the most important position in the cricket-o-sphere.

Within moments of batsman Virat Kohli losing his wicket, #AnushkaSharma was getting trolled, as if she had selected the playing 11.

The girlfriend became the proverbial punching bag--blamed for bringing 'bad luck', accused of 'distracting' Kohli and pulled up for putting him 'under pressure'.

Its an attitude that stems from a deep-rooted misogynist mindset that manifests itself every now and then.

From mythological tales to modern movies, the woman is often cast as the hypnotist who has hidden powers to turn a perfectly sane, self-thinking man into a puppet.

So deep-rooted is this characterisation that when a man doesn't live up to expectations of society, the finger first points at the closest woman--his mother didn't teach him, his girlfriend influenced him, his wife changed him.

The sexism gets uglier when the woman is not related by blood or by law. And so tweeples have had a field day lampooning Anushka Sharma, a respectable self-made professional, as the 'new vamp in town', and a "vishkanya" who (sic) "created a Virat vampire called ViratKohli".

For those who swore to #BleedBlue, this sort of bloodletting is downright nauseating. At another level its another form of violence against women.

Yes, its natural to feel let down, especially when you've taken the day off to watch the Men in Blue. Its also human tendency to look for a fallguy. But Anushka Sharma doesn't deserve the whiplash.

Luckily many tweeples have stood up for her and shown the mirror to such irrationality.

But for all those who still believe otherwise, remember all problems of this world were not created by Eve.

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