What does it take to capture a breath taking moment in Cricket? Chennai-based photojournalist, S L Shanthkumar tries answering that! Shanthkumar’s image that shows a group of children enjoying a game of cricket on Marina Beach in Chennai was featured in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. “Watching these youngsters playing despite the overcast conditions really impressed me. It made me realise the love for cricket that exists in India,” says Shanthkumar.
The hustle behind the art
Beach cricket is a tradition in Chennai and while it might look like a photographer’s dream, it really isn’t that easy to get the perfect click! “It was a cloudy afternoon and there had been heavy overnight rain that had left the road leading to the beach flooded. I found these young enthusiasts playing despite the overcast conditions. I wanted to use this setting to convey the love for the sport.”
Shanthkumar jokes, “As with quite a few internationals, this match too was called off due to the rains, soon after I made the photograph.”