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Discover yourself by taking our quizzes
How would you face the press?
Cricketers are blamed for talking in clichés and never saying anything of substance. Do you think you could do better when faced with a mike?
Your team has just lost by an innings. The press asks you what went wrong. You say:
"Of course, these things like happen"
"Many factors contributed to our loss. We failed in every department and the other team were just better than us today"
A player has been controversially left out of the squad. The press believes you had a hand in it and asks you about it. What will you say?
"No, no, that is politics and all. I play cricket only"
"Getting picked and dropped is part of the game. It happens to us all and all I can say is I hope it helps him become a stronger, better cricketer"
Who is your favourite famous orator?
What Sachin sirjee says sounds good
If asked, "Has this match been fixed?", what would you say?
"You can say these are bad rumours and everyone should close their ears to it"
"You are stupid"
"It's a pity the dirty hands of suspicion taint even the fairest of games today"
What would you say when asked: "Do you think Sachin is under too much pressure to score his 100th hundred?"
"None of us plays for records, and Sachin doesn't have anything to prove to anybody"
"He is like god, so for him there is no such thing as pressure"
"What is pressure thing you people keep talking about?"
You have had a poor run of form for months now and you are asked why you haven't been dropped yet. You say:
"Because it's me"
"I've been feeling good when batting in the nets. The runs are just round the corner"
"By god's grace my seniors are supporting me"
You decide to sit out a Test series after playing the IPL. The press asks you why you chose the league over country. You say:
"To give younger players a chance at winning a coveted national cap"
"The Test series was against an ordinary side"
"I want to practise all skills"
Your players are dropping like flies during an international tour. Even the replacements are injured. You are criticised for poor planning. What is your defence?
"Injuries are part and parcel of the game. We'll just focus on those who are fit"
"It's a good chance for youngsters and all"
"We'll just go out there and play"
You have changed your hairstyle. The press asks you if you think the new style will help you win more games. You say:
"This is Shahrukh Khan's latest style, actually"
"Not really. We'll just work hard, train hard, and go out there and give it our best shot"
"The opposition is scared of me however I look"
While you're answering questions at the press conference, a phone-cum-recorder rings in front of you. What do you do?
Ask whose phone it is and insist it be switched off
Answer the phone and say wrong number. You know, like a joke
Sing along to the ringtone
You have been fined for showing dissent to an umpire. A journalist asks you if this is the death of the spirit of cricket. You reply:
"The umpire didn't know the rules. I just asked if he wanted me to refresh them for him. How is that dissent?"
"Captain said to say sorry so I said sorry"
"Not at all. In fact, my dissent showed plenty of spirit. But I do understand the umpire's word is final"
A famous actress is romantically linked to you. The press is agog with questions. What do you say?
"Ya, ya, we're totally going out"
"We're good friends, that's all"
"This is cricket press conference, no?"
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