Chats with media outlets and press conferences was not a mandate for cricketers in ancient times. However, it is at present. As much as the cricketers need to maintain their composure on the field with their teammates, they require it when dealing with the journalists too. It has become an imperative part of being a sportsperson.
The players have to address the media even after their team’s good performances and unsatisfactory ones. But over the years, a handful of Indian cricketers have lost their coolness in certain press conferences. Some of the questions from journalist might have irked them, resulting in an outrage.
We take a look at five Indian cricketers who lost their calmness in front of the media:
Mithali Raj perhaps the greatest women’s cricketer India has ever had. Having made her debut in 1999, Mithali Raj is the highest run-getter in women’s ODIs with 6888 runs. In T20Is, with 2364 runs, she is the highest run-getter for India. Additionally, the veteran serves as the captain of the ODI team too.
Once Mithali was asked by a journalist, who was her favourite male cricketer? She responded by answering one should ask the male players who their favourite female cricketer is and that she has always been asked this.
“Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is? I have always been asked who’s your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is,” Mithali replied.