Indian cricketers are unarguably the most followed in the world. The fans of Indian players have been known for going to extreme lengths for meeting their favourite stars. A leading Indian media daily on Tuesday reported that the BCCI phone line gets constantly flooded with calls by fans requesting to meet their favourite cricketers.
Fans are extremely keen on gaining personal contact details of top cricketers from the BCCI phone line. According to Bernard Fernandes, the BCCI's receptionist who quit recently after 15 years of service, claimed that female cricket fans also call up BCCI landline, sometimes even demanding and not just requesting to either talk or meet their favourite stars. He said that among the likes of veteran Indian players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, it was Karnataka batsman KL Rahul, whose contact number was the most sought out by female fans.
The revelation comes as sort of a surprise as Rahul was accused earlier this year of talking derogatorily on women on a leading Indian talk show and was suspended for the same alongside all-rounder and close friend Hardik Pandya by the BCCI. The middle-order batsman plays for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL and is battling to be a regular in the Indian national side in all three formats of the game. Fernandes also revealed that many fans call up to speak to Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as well. While MS Dhoni's popularity in the south remains intact due to Chennai Super Kings as many fans have been known to call up, wanting to ask him 'Not to retire'.
Meanwhile, India is all set to host West Indies in the upcoming limited-overs series. West Indies will play three T20Is and three ODIs over the course of 16 days in the country. The first of the three T20Is will be played on December 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The opening T20 clash will be followed by two more fixtures on December 8 and December 11. The ODI series will be played between December 15 and December 22.
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