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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports over breach of privacy

Indian national team skipper, Rohit Sharma has lashed out at the broadcasters of Star Sports over the airing of two video clips for “views”.

New Delhi: Indian national team skipper, Rohit Sharma has lashed out at the broadcasters of Star Sports. Star Sports had breached the privacy of the Indian skipper and aired his conversations for “views and engagement”, although Sharma had repeatedly requested not to do so. Eventually, Rohit vented out his anger on Twitter on Sunday.

In the statement released by Rohit, it read “The lives of cricketers have become so intrusive that cameras are now recording every step and conversation we are having in privacy with our friends and colleagues, at training or on match days.

The Indian captain added, “Despite asking Star Sports to not record my conversation, it was and was also then played on air, which is a breach of privacy. The need to get exclusive content and focused only on views and engagement will one day break the trust between the fans, cricketers and cricket.

How did the controversy arise?

The controversy came into the limelight in the media after two clips of Rohit Sharma were released in the open domain. In the first clip, Sharma was seen talking to his longtime Ranji teammate and KKR’s current assistant coach Abhishek Nayar.

Initially, the video was aired on the public handle of the franchise. But upon realising that MI’s former skipper is involved with some sensitive information, the franchise took the call to take down the video. However, it was too late by then and many social media handles were seen posting the video.

The second video in question was when Rohit Sharma was chatting with his friends at the Wankhede. Sharma was furious with the cameraman and was even heard pleading with the cameraman not to record. “Bhai audio band karo haan? Ek audio ne mera waat laga diya” were the exact words of the Indian skipper.

These cheap stunts of clickbait journalism get a lot of public attention. However, what people don’t understand is the people who are at the receiving end. On the other hand, these acts go far beyond the ethos of journalism and cross the line in terms of breach of privacy.