‘Stared Down By A Lot Of Cricketers’ Mandira Bedi Opens Up About Reality Of Cricket Events

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Okay, I understand that this is a pro-men publication, which is why what I’m about to say next may irritate some of you. But the truth is that there are a few things that men need to know, understand, and admit in their lives, and this could be one of them. I’m sure the majority of you would agree.

Being a woman is difficult enough as it is, let alone at work. And it can include any type of profession, such as owning a business, working as a journalist like myself, or even working behind the camera as a channel anchor. As was the case with Mandira Bedi, a former sports anchor and actress.

We enjoyed those brief, frank bites from big sports personalities immediately off the field, and she was known for hosting quick tete-a-tetes with cricketers.

Mandira, on the other hand, did not seem to enjoy them as much as we did. You might wonder why. Because she always felt like these cricketers were staring her down.

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Mandira opened up to Pinkvilla in an exclusive chat about her experiences hosting the ICC Cricket World Cups in 2003 and 2007. Not only that, but she also hosted the Champions Trophies in 2004 and 2006, as well as the Indian Premier League.

“Nobody accepted me to begin with,” she explained, “definitely not the individuals on the panel.” I’m still friends with all of the ex-cricketers I worked with back then, but they didn’t enjoy it. They didn’t like the fact that there was a woman dressed up in a saree talking cricket.

Nobody gave me any lines or questions to answer. I was there to represent the layperson who doesn’t understand every technical aspect of cricket and doesn’t understand every nuance.”

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It didn’t stop there.

“I was told whatever question comes to mind at that precise point in time if you’re thinking about asking it,” she continued. That liberty was granted to me. Of course, a lot of the cricketers looked at me, as if to say, “What is she even asking, why is she even asking that?”


“They responded whatever they wanted to answer nothing connected to my question,” Mandira continued, “and it may be very very daunting, but I was kind of assured by the channel, Sony, who backed me and chose me from 150-200 ladies.” They replied, “We chose you because we believe you have what it takes to stay, so go ahead and be yourself and start having fun.”

Mandira recently hosted the show The Love Laugh Live Show and was last seen celebrating with good friend Mouni Roy and businessman Suraj Nambiar during her wedding.

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