'Kitni samajh hogi...': Harbhajan Singh’s 'sexist' comment on Anushka Sharma, Athiya draws flak

Harbhajan Singh was part of the Hindi commentary box for Sunday's final

athiya-anushka-afp Anushka Sharma (L) and Athiya Shetty arrive to watch the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup final | AFP

India's World Cup-winning bowler Harbhajan Singh made news for the wrong reasons on Sunday. The spin-bowler was criticised online for his misogynist comments on Anushka Sharma and Athiya Shetty -- the life partners of Indian internationals Virat Kohli and KL Rahul respectively. 

Harbhajan Singh, part of the Hindi commentary box for Sunday's ICC ODI World Cup 2023 final between Australia and India, made the said statement when Athiya and Anushka were shown on camera.

Reacting to the two women interacting with each other, Harbhajan Singh reportedly said on air, "Aur yeh main soch raha tha ki baat cricket ki ho rahi hai ya filmon ki. Kyunki filmon ke barein mein toh janta nahi kitni samajh hogi (And I was wondering whether they were talking about cricket or films. Because I am not sure how much understanding they have about cricket)."

Soon after the statement got clipped and shared on the internet, Harbhajan, often called Bhajji, was called out by many on social media for his "sexist" mindset. Some X (formerly Twitter) demanded an apology from him. 

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