The former Indian Head Coach Ravi Shastri recently weighed in on the controversy that sparked after the Indian cricketer Wriddhiman Saha shared a chat that revealed an unnamed journalist threatening him to get an interview. Ravi Shastri shared his take on the matter and commented that the relationship past cricketers shared with journalists was far better than what the present cricketers do.
Ravi Shastri states it is challenging for the cricketers
Shastri believes that the spotlight that is on players of today is way more than what it ever was in his playing days. The digital media and the access of social media has made it quite challenging for the players to stay friends with journalists. He stated that it was different scenario altogether.
“I think it has changed. It has changed from the time we played the game. The equation we had with the journalists was far far better than the equation you see with the boys today. And I have been part of (the) dressing rooms for the last 7 years,” Shastri said at the launch of ‘It’s a Wonderful World’, a memoir by Khalid A-H Ansari, as quoted by TOI.
“I don’t blame the guys though because, the spotlight that is there on today’s players is nowhere like what it was on us,” he added.
Shastri stated that back in the day the team management had always advised the players to speak with media but in a more structured setting where all questions can be answered in one go, ideally at a press conference. He further stated that there is always room for things to be taken out of context in today’s times.
“We had the print media; there was television (Doordarshan) that had just started. But today with the platforms that exist in the media and social media taking off the way it is, news channels, the number of news channels that cover the game, is unreal and that really is something that puts the spotlight on the players,” added Shastri.
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