Sri Lankan commentator Roshan Abeysinghe faced criticism recently for making a sarcastic comment about Mayanti Langer’s choice of clothing. Mayanti, a popular sports presenter in India, was discussing the South Africa vs. Australia semi-final with commentator Sunil Gavaskar at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The game ended with Australia winning by three wickets.
Abeysinghe posted a picture featuring Mayanti and Gavaskar, where Mayanti was wearing a blue blazer and the commentator himself was in a white shirt and blue jeans. His caption read, “Never knew 2-piece Suit can be shared” with a smiling emoji. However, this sarcastic remark didn’t sit well with netizens, who criticized him on social media.
Never knew 2piece Suit can be shared 😊 pic.twitter.com/4c3mHRWKDK
— Roshan Abeysinghe (@RoshanCricket) November 16, 2023
Some users expressed their disappointment, with one saying, “Now I know why Sri Lankan cricket is at the bottom. Education is necessary first of all.” Another user called out Abeysinghe, saying, “Shame on you to call yourself an international team commentator.” Others commented on the poor taste of the remark and expressed hope that he could do better.
You have received flak in the past for making sexist comments during commentary.. Haven't learnt your lesson, yet?🤫
— NdP (@Nair_OnFire) November 16, 2023
How lame… just like the lankan cricket team
— $hyju (@linktoshyju) November 16, 2023
Ok 50-55 allout Country man @RoshanCricket 🤣
— abhinav shar 🇮🇳 (@abhinavs01) November 16, 2023
This isn’t the first time Abeysinghe has faced backlash, as one user pointed out his past issues with making sexist comments during commentary. Meanwhile, cricket fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia, scheduled to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, Sunday.