Monday, October 6, 2008

What is Wrong with the Indian Media?

I tuned into one of the Indian news channels on the 3rd day of the match between Australia and the Board President's XI.

Those who watch these news channels would know how dramatic these reporters are. The way they describe an event or a person it seems like a Bollywood movie is playing and the reporter is narrating the drama unfolding in the background.

One such reporter was doing just that when he started about how Australia was playing mind games with India.

And what was the mind game?

Playing below their best against the BP XI.

The reporter suggested that it was the Australians way of making the Indians over confident.

He questioned the Australians' below par performance and spoke of how the Aussies were doing it deliberately to make Kumble & Co. over confident before the 1st test.

He seemed so serious in his accusations that it looked like he was sitting in Australia's dressing room the night before.

The news report kept playing clips of Rohit and Kohli smashing Krejza to all parts of the park and continuously showed Chawla break through Ponting's defences. They even showed Chawla trapping Clarke in front.

The reporter questioned Ponting's and Clarke's technique and wondered why Krejza was given so many overs.

Now for my questions to this Indian reporter.

Do you have no faith in India's cricketing talent and ability?

Do you not think that Piyush Chawla has a tremendous future as India's leggie?

Do you not think that this is the weakest Australian side to tour India in over a decade?

Do you not think that Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have it in them to play for India for the next 15 years?

Do you really think Kumble & Co. will be over confident going into the 1st test?

Do you really?

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  1. Soulberry said...

    When it comes to cricket they go all ballsy-walsy, this Indian media. Then there is the issue of having to work for your content, research a lead...barring a few channels most are just in the fray for presence in the news genre.

    But cricket is one thing which appears to make them go silly. Obviously, the senior editor/producer...the boss men/women must have quite a warped view of how cricket is watched and spoken about among the ordinary people.

  2. Viswanathan said...

    A reputed Indian blogger had written an in depth article about these visiting Australians.

    Maybe the article caused the reporter to be paranoid.:)

    You can read the article here:

  3. Q said...

    I agree with ur views SB. These Indian reporters need to be in Bollywood!

  4. Q said...

    Just read that Ott. Interesting. I do really feel that the Aussies back home - fans and media are less confident abt their chances against India and justifiably so. I dont think its a ploy to make the Indians feel superior. On paper, the Indians are.

  5. kaprasanna said...

    I agree with you.. The reporters get animated at anything and everything.. It is embarassing for us Indians in front of the world but there is no choice. We have to live with them.

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