From the field to the press box to managing the media: a chat with Nishant Arora
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Our special guest this week is Nishant Arora who, over two decades, has worked in multiple capacities within cricket – as a TV journalist, a player agent, a media manager with the BCCI, and a digital producer with ICC. We speak to Nishant about his career that has spanned over two decades and delight in some of his anecdotes from behind the scenes. 

Talking Points:

  • Playing junior cricket with Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh
  • Big-hitting Yuvraj losing SG balls at the world's most elevated cricket stadium
  • Yuvraj scoring 358 in a match when the opponents scored 357
  • Harbhajan Singh's emotional day after taking India's first hat-trick in Kolkata
  • The challenge for Nishant to separate his journalism and friendships
  • The rare Dhoni interview in Islamabad
  • Visiting Virender Sehwag's house and getting him to talk about his 155 in Chennai
  • The challenges of interviewing Sourav Ganguly
  • When Yuvraj's cancer was kept top secret
  • The breakdown in the player-journalist relationship
  • Why Ashish Nehra must be appointed the lawyer for bow

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Participants:

Nishant Arora (@NJA21)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Related:

The Test of my Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back - Yuvraj Singh, Amazon.com

Anatomy of a classic - Chandrahas Choudhury and Nishant Arora - ESPNcricinfo

When Singh was king - Karthik Krishnaswamy - The Cricket Monthly

Nehraji unfiltered - Breakfast with Champions - Gaurav Kapoor

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