The Art Of Asking Questions


Remember the last time you felt like pulling your hair out while watching a presentation ceremony at the end of a cricket match or during an interview with the manager after a game of football? Well then you would know why you also felt like punching the interviewer in the face then.

More often than not these TV “pros” end up asking questions that firstly, are too obvious even to consider answering; and secondly,  are unavoidable (since you cannot tell the guy to bugger off). These commentators-turned-interviewers make life miserable for the viewers at home, and frankly, would be much better off holed up in their box high above normal civilization. The other day during the Chargers match against the Kings XI, Sunil Gavaskar was having a chat with Rohit Sharma who was fielding. Now, in a situation like this one would expect him to ask questions like “Hows the pitch playing?”, or “Hows the outfield?”; but instead he goes ahead and asks him “What car do you currently have?” *gasps*. Just then the last ball of the over was bowled and a boundary was scored and the reply that Sunil got was “Shit!”. Well obviously you can’t blame Rohit for using the word on National television, but whether it was for the shot that was hit against his team or for the stupid question that he was asked, remains to be speculated upon. More than once Ravi Shastri has come up with questions like “How does it feel to score that century?”. Well I wouldn’t know about the player but I’d certainly feel like throwing up on him.

This disease isn’t confined to Cricket alone. Managers in football regularly get asked questions like “How does it feel to win/lose?”. Now innocuous as the question may seem, technically the question is a no-brainer. A manager who’s just lost wouldn’t say “I feel like its the end of the world for me”, nor would a winning manager say “I feel like Alice in Wonderland!”, yet there is an unwritten law that binds all managers to answer these abysmally stupid questions as nicely as possible. But once or twice there come managers like Gordon Strachan who’ll tell the interviewer off in the funniest manner imaginable.

Example No. 1:

On being appointed new manager of Southampton FC, an interviewer asks him “Do you feel you’re the right man for the job?”, Gordon replies: “No”

Example No.2:

Interviewer: ” Gordon, all good things must come to an end and bang goes your unbeaten record this season. Can you take it?”

Gordon: “No I’m just gonna crumble into a wreck, go home, become an alcoholic, and maybe throw myself off a bridge”

THAT is exactly how I would reply to questions like those and thats why I’m a big fan of the ginger haired Scot. What we need now are more such players and managers who’d do us a favor and hit these obnoxiously obvious questions out of the park each time an interviewer comes up with them.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ejaz Wangde on March 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    well the thing is….first of all its unavoidable as you pointed it out..but what choice do they have?they are on national television…if u would have heard rohith sharma give an answer like that of of gordon’s to sunil gavaskar,it would have been like an insult to him…next thing we know,there would be news channels reporting stupid stuff like this as always….

    maybe its not harmful to give such a comment somewhere else..but in the land of stupid controversies..i dont think so….

    For eg…..in an india-aus tournament a few years ago….Symonds was adjudged man of d match….and Ravi Shastri started his question with symonds achievements on d field tht day and then asked ‘what do u say abt that…hw do u feel??’……….and symonds replied ‘Thank You’..thts it….

    now doesnt that feel like an insult…..i sure did…………..well all ive gotta say is let the interviewee do his job of asking his questions…and leave d answering to the players…….

    im sure ul get something better to bash d ipl next time……hehe….

    ps—stick to the lady sitting next to Lalit Modi…

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  2. The last thing I’d wanna do is to make this into a controversy, and believe me I have nothing against the IPL either. It’s just that when you’re at home watching it, you’d expect better quality TV coverage. That’s all I’m asking!

    PS: She’s next in line mate!

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