World T20: Man behind the lens, Thusith Wijedoru

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Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 17:04 [IST]
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Cricket has been the flavour of the season, as ICC World T20 has reached its last-four stage, with big teams like Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies qualifying for the semi-finals.

Everyone are aware of the seriousness and the pressure involved playing such crucial games, while here is a look at how photographers find it as they need to concentrate on every ball and also the players' gestures as they are not supposed to miss any important picture as it needs to be captured at once. This seems to be the toughest task as one needs to keep an eye on everything that is happening on and off the field.

Thusith Wijedoru, a freelance photographer who is undertaking projects from Sri Lanka Cricket spoke to ThatsCricket on Wednesday, and shared his experience covering both the World Cups hosted by the Island of Pearl, and said one needs to anticipate a lot and stressed on the fact that one needs to be at the right place to get the right images.

He further added that it is a tedious job as photographers need to wait for more hours, not supposed to lose focus as they might miss some interesting gestures from the audience, bowlers, batsmen, umpires, players, so one needs to be completely focused throughout the course of the match.

"Well its about anticipation, about expecting the unexpected!! Also being at the right place at the right time," he said when asked about the tediousness of being behind the lens.

Further when asked how he manages to stay focused every second, Thusith said one has to understand the game, the player, anticipate a few things, if one enjoys then the job is made easier.

"To understand the game, photographer has to understand the player, empathise the batsman, expect the reaction from the bowler, captain," he said.

He further explained that professional cameras are available with various ranges, as there are cameras which gives u from 3 frames per second to 12 frames per second, as there is no specific range.

"I use a camera which gives 9 frames per second," he added.

Talking about his favourite picture that he captured last year, Thusith feels proud to have captured Lasith Malinga's private moment in public, as he managed to click when Malinga was kissing the ball during the promotional shoot for World Cup 2011, and Dilshan's pic which showcased the attitude of the player was also used for a hoarding, which is considered to be his best.

Having covered the World Cup 2011, held at Sri Lanka and being a part of the World T20 this year, Thusith has been one of the famous photographers as he also admits that it was last year's World Cup that brought him accolades.

"For me the world Cup 2011 was a great marketing tool as "whos who" in Sri Lanka Cricket, got to know who Thusith Wijedoru is.

Moreover, he was pleased with ICC's gesture as they used his pics for the hoardings in Sri Lanka and other places, which made him feel proud.

"Plus for ICC to use my images for their hoarding during such a significant tournament in Sri Lanka was a sence of pride. For a small fish like me that was HUGE! However it would have been the cherry on the icing on the cake if we took the finals, and since I was also involved rather indirectly in the event, is a personal achievement," he said.

With many photographers sweating it out at the middle to capture those precious moments that last forever, they also need some recognition as people need to know the person behind the lens.


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