Mayanti Langer, wife of swing bowing all-rounder Stuart Binny, is one of the most popular sports broadcasting personalities in India. She has earned herself a lot of praise and fame in cricket broadcasting industry over the last few years.
In a game dominated by male personalities, she has kept herself relevant to the game overcoming all the hurdles. From the studios in Mumbai to cricket stadiums all over the world, she has made her mark. But despite her immense success in her field, the ride has not been a smooth one for her.
For a child who had strong inclination toward football, it’s never easy to giving up her passion and chose a career in some other sports. Initially, Mayanti was not interested in hosting cricket events at the start of her career even rejecting the offer to host Indian Cricket League (ICL) 2007 for hosting the global events.But with the time she became a fame in world of broadcasting as the 35-year old has hosted Hockey World Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 summer Olympics for ESPN.
But as the destiny decided, she returned to host Cricket in 2011 World Cup. But the entry in IPL was still eluding her also as the IPL broadcasters rejected her 4 times before she could finally host the league for the first time in 2018.
In a talk with Verve Magazine, Mayanti Langer told, “I got rejected for the IPL four times in a row. Before the 2011 edition, they called and said we have finalised you in the team, the next time we call you it will be about when to shoot the promo. It ended up not being me. They called me back and said ‘Listen you’ve just done the World Cup, you can’t do this, we need a new face,”
Before adding, “At a point I did give up, thinking it’s just not to be. Basically, they didn’t want you. It wasn’t that you weren’t good enough. You just weren’t what they were looking for. Any rejection in life is hard, and it’s hard to make peace with but I made my peace with it. IPL is not in my destiny, cool, let me enjoy it.”
But Star Sports buying the broadcasting rights of the IPL in 2018 proved to be a turning point in her career. And finally she got to host an IPL match after a long wait.
She said, “There was a bit of confusion about how many matches I was going to do. I ended up doing all of them. Not one day off! I remember telling myself, ‘Just shut up and do it, you’ve waited so long for this, you’re finally hosting the IPL, you don’t know if you’ll get this opportunity again.”
Mayanti Langer also opened up about how she met Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny during a sports event before the couple got married in 2012. Mayanti also talked about the tough phase the couple faced when both of them were struggling to get going in their respective careers.
She said, “When we met each other, we were both nowhere. ICL had finished abruptly so he was banned from the system. He hadn’t accepted BCCI amnesty, so he had nothing going for him. I had left Zee so I had nothing going for me. We weren’t nobodies, but we were normal individuals. Everything good that has happened to us in our respective careers has happened after we got together.”