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Dravid walks out of press conference

The sports journalists fraternity was seen in poor light when the Indian captain walked out of a press conference at Ferozeshah Kotla.
None | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2006 05:17 PM IST

The sports journalists fraternity was seen in poor light today when the Indian captain Rahul Dravid walked out of a press conference at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Monday.

What put off the skipper was chaos and unruly scenes which drowned Dravid's replies even as the conference had just begun at the media centre of the DDCA Club.

Mobile phone ringtones and television camera crew constantly shouting from the back have been a feature for media sessions for sometime now.

What accentuated the problem at DDCA was the presence of too many non-journalists at the conference hall.

Even as the buzz continued, Dravid arrived flanked by BCCI Media Committee member GS Walia and DDCA co-ordinator Ravi Jain.

With hardly five minutes into the media session, a horde of still photographers came in, obviously unaware of the timing of the conference as they kept clicking away at teams' practice on the field.

Hell broke loose with the photographers trying to find a suitable position for themselves and the TV cameramen commanding them to keep out of their frame.

One senior journalist then lost his cool and screamed "shut up. Enough is enough."

A deafening silence followed, but only for a moment.

When the camera men started cribbing about their need to carry out their job, Dravid walked out.

The captain, however, returned a few minutes later to take the questions without a hint of annoyance on the face.

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