Sports anchor and journalist Mayanti Langer, who is mostly in the news, not for her performance as a TV host but rather for the poor performances of her husband, Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny, feels knowledge about the game is necessary for an anchor.
During an interview with a local Bengali daily Ananda Plus, she revealed how she maintains a balance between her personal and professional life.
When asked about how she deals with the performances of her husband, especially when she is in a studio, the anchor stated that she tries to keep her personal feelings away from work.
“I get disappointed and at times very happy. But I am never in a situation to express my feelings. Once you get inside the studio, you are from a different planet. Personal feelings do not find a place at work,” said Mayanti.
Recently, during the T20 series against West Indies in the United States of America, Mayanti was trolled by the cricket fans after Binny conceded 32 runs in a single over. In a reply to it, she posted an open letter against the Twitteratis’ and trollers on Twitter.
In her interview, she was also very particular about the Twitter incident and said she is not ready to answer any questions related to social networking sites.
But Mayanti do feel that the knowledge about the sport is the only thing necessary to be a successful anchor, and glamour and fashion do not have a big part to play in the same.
“How well you dress, what you wear, no one is bothered about it. After office, people want to hear about gossip from the cricketing world, which is the most important thing.”
“Applying make-up for hours in spite of having very little knowledge about the game won’t help. It is useless to expose your body and glamour inside the cricket field,” she added.
The leading Indian female presenter in cricket these days, also revealed that she is much more of a football fan than cricket as she grew up watching and playing football.
“I prefer football to cricket. I’ve grown up watching and playing football. So, I am more of a football fan. But nowadays, I understand a lot about cricket after sitting outside the field for long hours,” she concluded.