Cricket is a religion in our country. Fans go crazy after their favorite cricket star. They will take you to the top and drag down to the dust depending on your achievements and failures. A lot is expected from Indian cricketers. A lot of money is spent on them. A lot of emotions are attached to the sport. And when they fail to deliver, they face the brunt. And then comes the media! Today we will tell you about those 6 question asked from star cricketers that made them lose their temper. The conversation of the cricketers with reporters is presented by News18.
1) Virat Kohli on Team Selection For Cricket Series With South Africa
Journalist: Talking about you not coming together well makes me think it’s because of the team selection. In 30 Tests you have captained you have changed the line-up in almost each and every Test that you played and I think you would know that to win Test matches you also need a little bit of consistency or rather a lot of consistency and you guys have been lacking that consistency. What would you put that down to? And how would you basically say that you guys will continue changing your team and still expect a different result?
Virat Kohli: How many Test matches have we won out of 30?
Journalist: How many have you changed the starting line-up?
Virat Kohli: How many have we won? How many have we won?
Journalist: How many have you changed the line-up for?
Virat Kohli: 21 wins, two losses. How many draws?
Journalist: How many in India?
Virat Kohli: It doesn’t matter. Wherever we play, we try to do our best. I’m here to answer your questions man, not to fight with you.
After a moment, Kohli got back to the same journalist and asked, “how many times South Africa came close to winning games in India, can you count”?
2) When Mahendra Singh Dhoni got angry on a question related to his retirement
Reporter: MS, you have achieved almost everything. Do you look to continue playing after this tournament?
Dhoni: Come here, let’s have some fun. Please come here. Come, come, come…seriously! Yeah, come!
Do you want me to retire?
Reporter: No. That’s what I asked you.
Dhoni: I was hoping it was an Indian media guy, because I can’t really say if you have a brother or a son who can play for India.
Do you think I am unfit?
Dhoni: You have seen me running?
Reporter: Very fast.
Dhoni: Do you think I can survive until the 2019 World Cup?
Reporter: Yes, sure.
Dhoni: Then you have answered the question. Thank you, sir! I wish it was an Indian media guy because then I would have asked if he has a son who is old enough and a wicketkeeper to play. He would have said ‘No’. Then I would have said maybe a brother who can play, who is a wicketkeeper. You fired the wrong ammunition at the wrong time.
3) When Indian Woman Cricket Team Captain Mithali Raj was asked to name her favorite male cricketer
“Do you ask them who their favorite female cricketer is?”
“I have always been asked who’s your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favorite female cricketer is,” Mithali questioned the reporter.
4) Kapil Dev on match-fixing
“I will commit suicide rather than take a bribe. Who wants money. Take all my money. I come from a family where pride is more important than anything else.”
When the reporter said what he will say on Inderjit Bindra’s claim on TV that all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar had told him that Kapil Dev had offered him Rs.25 lakh for underperforming in a one-day international in Sri Lanka, Kapil Dev said,
These were all “third party allegations”. “I am sick of third-party allegations,” he said adding “please for God’s sake become the first party and say what happened. I feel ashamed that I played cricket.” He added these “wild allegations” had spoiled his life and all the credibility he had achieved in over two decades of service to the game had gone down the drain.
5) Yuvraj Singh on Virat Kohli replacing MS Dhoni as Indian Cricket Team captain
Yuvi was attending an event at the Virat Kohli Foundation in Mumbai in 2016. Then the reporter asked,
Reporter: What will you say on the speculation that the Indian limited-overs captaincy was to be taken over by Virat Kohli from the then captain MS Dhoni.
Yuvraj: I’m here to talk about the event, not about cricket.
6) Sourav Ganguly on becoming the Indian National Coach
Reporter: You’d always come to lead India in difficult times, let’s say suppose now, hypothetical situation, that 3 months later you’ll be the Indian national coach.
Ganguly: You’re reading the papers a lot.
Reporter: I’ve two questions for you. Firstly, will you be the national coach of that hypothetical situation? Second, how would you, now you said that you do not have the Tendulkar Dravid Kumble, how will this leadership be different from what you had earlier?
Ganguly: Firstly, I don’t think I’ll get the job. So I don’t think further, let me get the job and then I’ll probably start thinking of what will I do.
There’s a term in Bengali, “Gaanche kathal gonfe tel” before the fruit is in the tree, don’t think of eating it. So I will wait for that opportunity.
Now the second question. What happens when I get that opportunity. And before I give an answer to that, there are press people here. So don’t write that in tomorrow’s morning papers. I don’t want people to think that Sourav Ganguly is wanting that job. If it’s a promise then, first get their promise then I’ll give you the answer. Because I know it’ll be reported tomorrow morning, front page – Ganguly Gives The Medicine For India’s success. The headline will start with -Ganguly Gives The Medicine For India’s success… and it’ll be finishing with …He Doesn’t Have Any Job, He’s Desperate For A Job.