Chennai: Not often in a pre-match press conference you see media bursting into laughter, but it was one such moment at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday, when Ashish Nehra sent every Indian and Bangladesh journalist into splits.
It’s completely up to an individual if he wants to stay away from what’s being said on Twitter, Facebook, etc., or written in the newspapers, especially sportsperson and famous personalities. And Nehra does that too, but the way he chose to give a comic tone to it made news.
“I am somebody who is not on social media and I am still using my old Nokia,” said the 37-year-old, who is always know to speak his heart out without worrying who reacts how.
The comeback fast bowler was replying to a question on how he sees India vs Bangladesh as a rivalry, since a lot of it has been said and written about on the Internet and print ever since India lost an ODI series in Bangladesh last year.
Some of the fans chose to fuel it foolishly, use Photoshopped images to deliberately give a controversial air to a sporting encounter.
“You are asking this question to a wrong person…I am not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I don’t read newspapers. Maybe I am from the old school but like I said, Bangladesh cricket is doing really well, especially in this format,” he replied, giving a diplomatic turn to his answer.
“You name it, Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rehman – they have so many new good cricketers coming up, and they have been part of the IPL, part of Big Bash and Caribbean Premier League. That really helps [Bangladesh cricket and cricketers].
India play Bangladesh in an important Group 2 match of the ICC World Twenty20 here on Wednesday, and most of the Bangladesh media was interested in knowing how it has developed as a rivalry since India lost the ODI series and Bangladesh made it to the Asia Cup final against them earlier this month.
They asked the same question to Shakib Al Hasan as well, but got a Nehra-like reply.
“All good players, they are not affected by social media, they don’t read newspapers. Don’t think too much about what’s being said on social media,” the veteran Bangladesh allrounder said.
A defeat for Bangladesh will bring curtains down for them in the tournament as they have already lost both their previous matches.
Only top two teams from each of the two Super-10 groups make it to the last-four stage.
India lost their first match to New Zealand before coming back to beat Pakistan in Kolkata.