Shubi's Summer – LV= Media Diversity Grant recipient

LV= Media Diversity Grant recipient


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The first Test of the LV= Insurance Men’s Ashes series at Edgbaston was drawing to its climax

Sometime after Pat Cummins smashed Joe Root for a couple of sixes and before Ben Stokes dropped Nathan Lyon, one of my colleagues from the Press Association, who I was covering the Test for, turned to me and asked - 'Shubi, how many Test matches have you covered before this?'

He shook his head in disbelief when I told him it was only my second.

"Yeah, it's always like this," the journalist on my left observed, dryly.

This interaction, in essence, summed up my experience covering the spectacular series, as ballistic as it was brilliant. It was a privilege to be able to travel across the country and cover the games from the press box, by virtue of winning the LV= Insurance Media Diversity internship in October last year.

Thanks to this internship, I covered all six of England Men’s 2023 summer Test matches for national publications like The Daily Mirror, The Telegraph, PA Media, The Daily Mail and The Cricketer. From writing news stories to contributing live blogs to crafting feature pieces, I created a variety of different work for these publications.

It was a summer of firsts - first time covering a game from the press box, first time asking a question in a press conference, first time having an article published in print for a national paper.

The piece in print was for The Telegraph, where I wrote about my experience spending Day 4 of the Lord’s Test alongside a cluster of Australian fans in the Mound Stand. Watching a hobbling Nathan Lyon defiantly withstand the wrath of England bowlers while being serenaded by Australian fans all around me was unlike anything I’d ever witnessed.

The entire series was punctuated by such extraordinary goosebumpy moments, but perhaps the most surreal came at The Oval on Day 3. There I was at the end-of-day press conference with the other journalists when news filtered through that Stuart Broad had announced his retirement. The room descended into chaos. Everyone scrambled to rewrite their copy and cancel their evening plans in the moments before Broad arrived.

Listening to him explain his decision, I couldn’t help but feel that sporting history was unfolding before my very eyes. Looking on as he took the final two Australian wickets on Day 5, I felt overwhelmingly grateful for the privilege not just to be there to see him walk off into the sunset, but to actually be documenting it.

An equally rewarding aspect of the internship was the opportunity to talk about the craft and glean insights from writers like Will Macpherson, Rory Dollard and George Dobell. 

The LV= Insurance Media internship was the first of its kind and provided me opportunities few journalists in my position would have the chance to experience. Beyond significantly supporting my growth as a writer, it gave me enduring memories that I’ll cherish forever.