Virat Kohli walks back to the pavilion after getting out for 20 runs on the third day of the fifth Test match against England at The Oval in London. (AFP Photo)
The debate of Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) accompanying cricketers on foreign tours has taken a different twist after India's team manager Sunil Dev questioned actress Anushka Sharma's stay with boyfriend Virat Kohli during the Test series in England.
Once termed as the most eligible bachelor of Team India, under-performing Kohli has now come under severe criticism for his Test failure - 134 runs in 5 matches. Many fans and some quarters of BCCI have blamed Anushka's presence behind the vice-captain's poor form with the bat in a series, which India lost 1-3.
BCCI's decision to allow the Bollywood actress to stay with the cricketer has snowballed into a controversy after Dev just stopped short of saying that wife's are ok but girlfriends on tours was against the culture of the country.
"I didn't know who gave this permission and from where it was supposed to be taken. Whether this was been done before or not I am not aware of it. But I will definitely speak to the BCCI about what I feel and submit my report," Dev told 'Times Now'.
Asked whether girlfriends travelling with the players on tour was against Indian culture, Dev said: "As you said, yes I agree with you. But I won't make any comment until I meet Board members. I am bound with a contract with the Board."
Kohli and Anushka have been grabbing headlines ever since they were first spotted together during the tour of New Zealand. During the England series, the couple were back in the news when it was reported that the actress was staying in the same hotel as Kohli with permission from the BCCI.