“Boss, Don’t Put Newspaper…”: How Sourav Ganguly Used To Avoid Media Scrutiny In Playing Days

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Indian cricket board captain Sourav Ganguly knows a thing or two about the kind of media scrutiny players undergo, having experienced much of it in an international career spanning more than 16 years. In a recent interview, the former India captain revealed how he dealt with the criticism in the news – by not reading it. Ganguly, one of India’s most successful captains, said that all players will come under the media scanner, but that he would not disturb ‘half’ because he would not be aware of what was being said about him.

Ganguly, who appeared on “The Ranveer Show” on Youtube, was asked what advice he would give to someone like Virat Kohli, who had recently come under immense scrutiny for a long lean bit of form, until his outstanding performance in the Asian Cup, which culminated in him finally breaking his nearly three-year drought of the century with his first T20I ton.

“Everyone has been scrutinized by the media. Only the names change over time,” Ganguly said.

The host asked Ganguly how he dealt with being “targeted” in the news.


“I won’t get to know half of that because I wouldn’t read that much. I would go into hotels and the first thing I would say at the front desk is, ‘Boss, don’t put the newspaper under my door in the morning,'” he revealed.

“But now of course it’s much more. Social media, everything is on your computer, on your phone. But I think cricketers will find a way to just turn that off,” he continued.

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