Fatigue from the World Cup is a genuine issue, affecting not only players and support staff but also those covering and observing the event. It was a formidable challenge for both players and fans to gear up for a bilateral series just three days after an energy-draining World Cup final. Surprisingly, the difficulty extended to journalists as well. A mere two reporters attended pre-match press conference of Indian captain Suryakumar Yadav before their series opening T20I against Australia in Visakhapatnam. While official statistics are unavailable, this represents an unusually low attendance for a men’s Indian cricket team match at home, based on recent recollections.
A media briefing featuring Matthew Wade, the captain for this series in Australia, was initially planned for Wednesday afternoon. However, it seems that the event did not occur, and there is no confirmation whether this was due to a shortage of journalists.
Suryakumar Yadav at Press Conference
🗣️ My message to the players is very clear – just be fearless and do whatever it takes to help the team 👌👌#TeamIndia Captain @surya_14kumar ahead of the 1st T20I against Australia.@IDFCFIRSTBank | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/jmjqqdcZBi
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 22, 2023
Only two journalists inquired Suryakumar Yadav, the captain of the Indian cricket team for the five-match IND vs AUS T20I series, sporting a broad smile as he concluded the press conference on Wednesday, which lasted a concise four minutes. His laughter conveyed a sense of astonishment. Indian cricketers are accustomed to enduring lengthy press conferences with numerous questions, some of which can be uncomfortable and irksome.
The BCCI media manager frequently faces the challenge of managing the press sessions, employing a rotation system to ensure all attending journalists have equal opportunities to ask questions during a home series. However, even this strategy often falls short, leaving many journalists with unanswered questions. Remarkably, this was not the case on Wednesday.