An insightful journey

An insightful journey

hopeful Michelle McLean

For someone who loves taking on new challenges, Michelle McLean didn’t think twice when she was given a chance to be a part of the IPL as its presenter.

Her friendly and approachable personality has allowed her to blend in with one
and all, making it hard to believe that it is her first trip to India. Loving every minute of what the IPL has to offer, Michelle says it was tough initially as sport was a new genre for her. In fact her stint with television started after she won the Miss Universe title in 1992.

“I have been hosting shows for the last 12 years but they have mainly been travel and music,” says Michelle and adds, “for presenting sports one has to be aware of the game and the terminologies used during the game.

I have been aware of the normal test matches, in fact I grew up with cricket, but T20 was a whole new world for me.”

Over the last month or so she has seen both sides of every player, “Having interacted with many of the players I have seen the serious side when they are on the field and also when they let their hair down to party,” she adds. Being such big personas on the field, Michelle explains that through her shows she gets to know the personality behind each sportsman.

“When you see the player’s lifestyle and hear the crowd cheering when they get onto the field, there is an automatic perception that they may have a single approach to everything. But I have seen that they’re so full of life and down-to-earth, with absolutely no ego. They let their hard work do all the talking,” says Michelle.

The title, she says, has given her many opportunities, including a chance to work with the underprivileged across the world. Her organisation has worked with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and she is also exploring the prospects of working in India. But ask her if she plans to hop into the Bollywood bandwagon and she immediately questions, “Who will cast a blonde in an Indian movie?”

Well Michelle, you will be surprised to know there are many.

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