Sharma has three ODI double hundreds to his name — the most by any batsman Image: Twitter
Generally, Rohit Sharma walks out to bat, scores more than half the team's total, makes statisticians wrack their brains and starts trending on social media. But this time around, after taking India to victory in the first T20I against Sri Lanka, he made his ex-girlfriend Sofia Hayat return to the spotlight from a month-long hibernation.
In an interview, she said that people clap for Sharma because he's a man. "I am happy that Rohit is gaining success. But wondering how people are discriminating things on gender. Rohit should understand it is just a 'bat-ball' game. Just that he is a man, so people are clapping," she said.
Further backing her statement, she explained, “No one went this crazy when Kanchanmala (Pande) won the Olympics with her disability. That was something more encouraging and should have been more praised as per my opinion. I would be celebrating something better or social cause, not on this for sure.”
Also speaking up about her relationship with Sharma, she said, "He (Rohit) has this old habit to credit his partner. When I was in his life, I used to be credited but I use to cry only when he played bad. I'm happy that Rohit has finally found someone who is trying to make him move on from me."
Sharma is currently stand-in captain of Team India. He's trying his best to keep India's winning momentum going in the absence of Virat Kohli. Let's hope Hayat's comments don't run him out ahead of the second T20I on December 22.