There are people out there who will go to any limit to pronounce to their favourite cricketer. At least, that’s what can be gauged from a recollections of Bernard Fernandes, who recently quit as a receptionist during a Indian cricket Board domicile in Mumbai after 15 years of service.
Fernandes recalls that he customarily fielded calls from fans seeking to be connected with some tip actor or a other – in some instances, while a cricketer was in a center of a match. It took a lot of consideration and calm to hear them out and tell them that their ask could not be entertained.
“One day, a male called adult and pronounced his father was about to die and that he wanted to hear a voice of this cricketer, is it probable to pronounce to him?” Fernandes recalls for The Indian Express. “How could we angrily tell them that they don’t stay in BCCI’s office. we need to honour their emotions; we only kindly done them know a conditions that it is not probable for him.”
The BCCI landline phone tends to ring off a offshoot on India’s compare days. Even on non-match days, BCCI gets calls from fans enquiring about compare tickets or a ask to pronounce to a cricketer.
In a past few years, fans from South India has been job to pronounce to ‘Thala’ aka Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Asking him not to retire is a common line. There are fans who wish to pronounce to Virat Kohli and, during times, even late Army officers call up, says Fernandes.
“So what if he is batting now, can’t we pronounce to Virat Kohli?” “I wish to pronounce to my Thala (MS Dhoni) now, we wish to tell him not to retire’.
Fernandes used to try his best to safeguard such fans saw reason.
“The compare is on, a compare is function in some other partial of India. we always tell them, ‘sir Kohli is batting, how can he speak’ though some of them sojourn realistic and contend try in break.”
Another common ask from fans is a phone numbers of tip cricketers. Interestingly, Kohli, Dhoni and Rohit Sharma don’t have a biggest womanlike following in this regard. It’s KL Rahul whose series is a many sought after.
One of a many common calls — and vitriolic to Fernandes — is when people make call adult to ask for a measure of an ongoing game. “My colleagues and we always used to say, ‘there is TV, a internet, we can check it there’ though people still persist. If we told them a score, they would wish some-more sum and ask who scored how many, in how many balls, how many wickets, how many fours-sixes. Sometimes it’s vitriolic though if we don’t respond, they will abuse,” Fernandes says.
Handling fans can also get tough when India are personification Pakistan. Fernandes recalls a day when BCCI had to close down a landline for a few hours since fans opposite a limit called adult to sing ‘Mauka-Mauka’, a punchline of a radio blurb for a World Cup compare between a arch rivals. Pakistan has never beaten India on that stage.
When India played Pakistan during a 2015 World Cup, some fans warned BCCI to be prepared to face consequences if India mislaid a game. India won and there was no confidence issue. But when India mislaid to Pakistan in a 2017 Champions Trophy final, fans took out their annoy by dialling house numbers. Some of them abused Fernandes and his colleagues; some even asked him “why did India play Pakistan when soldiers are failing during a border”.