From the field to the press box to managing the media: a chat with Nishant Arora


Our special guest this week is Nishant Arora who, over two decades, has worked in multiple capacities within cricket – as a TV journalist, player agent, and BCCI media manager, and ICC digital producer.

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


Nishant Arora (@NJA21)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)


The Test of my Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back – Yuvraj Singh,

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

Related photos (credit: Nishant Arora)

(Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Murali Kartik and Gautam Gambhir visiting Gurdwara Panja Sahib in 2004.)

(MS Dhoni in his interview with Nishant Arora and Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in Islamabad in 2006.)


4 thoughts on “From the field to the press box to managing the media: a chat with Nishant Arora”

  1. Lovely, personal memories – loved the bits about his initial days, the Yuvraj and Harbhajan stories funny and emotional.

    And like everyone else, I too agree with the Nehra-ji opinion.

    He was not included in the 2001 tour to South Africa (due to injury, what else). So he was invited to a Super Selector episode as a guest (and he was asked to tell his fantasy eleven later in the episode). Then some expert asked him, “so Ashish what do you think of your eleven?” He said, “meri eleven hai, to main to achcha hi bolunga.” (“It’s my eleven, so I will have good things to say about it”).

    And everyone laughed. But he didn’t. Or slightly. And I thought what confidence!

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