He sat in a small makeshift gallery made within handshake distance of the Sydney nets where Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik made their battle.
The man in question is Karthik’s father, who has come to watch his son play the finisher role for Team India in the World Cup T20.
Karthik is the oldest and most experienced player (2004 debut) in this line-up and is likely to play his last major ICC event.
Krishna Kumar didn’t seem to be looking at any particular batter. When he turned on his mobile camera’s photo app, he was told not to use it as it is considered a violation of the rule.
After determining that he is Karthik’s father, journalists began chasing the reluctant man, who spoke to multiple YouTube channels about his son’s return.
Karthik is a cricketer whose parents were around when he played for India.
His mother Padmini was a regular fixture when Karthik played Test cricket for India under the guidance of Rahul Dravid.
However, his father was unable to watch Sunday’s humdinger against Pakistan in Melbourne while he was on the road.
Krishna Kumar has worked for a long time in Kuwait, where Karthik had his early school years.
Youtubers in trouble
The popularity of digital content is real, and you’d be surprised to see some of their fans even bring Indian meals with them so they don’t have to spend out of pocket.
Most of them self-fund their trips and try to generate content mainly through the footage obtained on non-match training days of the Indian team.
This time, however, the ICC has clearly stated that no video or still images may be taken, even during practice sessions, which was only followed in Melbourne.
The source of livelihood of cricket youtubers is rehearsal footage from India and the action scene of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma or Rishabh Pant hitting.
The images get millions of views and the revenue is not bad.
“Both ICC and host broadcasters Star Sports have understood the commercial potential even on non-match days. If you pay a bomb for rights, the organizer will have to do something to protect the rights. That’s why I don’t see ICC or Star wrong” , a senior BCCI official who knows a thing or two about digital rights told PTI.
“Not being allowed to shoot will definitely be a problem for us and India footage is very important. It was a rule during COVID, but I don’t know why it’s being enforced now,” commented YouTuber Sandipan Banerjee, who represents the national team on most tours follows, said.