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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Adi » Sun May 31, 2015 8:21 am

When i was kid and playing street cricket i used to listen to commentators seriously. But gradually at this point of time there are some changes to how i view non playing public and commentators or whoever not on field. It is not due to one incident over one match but generally over years of experience of watching cricket commentary, reading cricket articles, knowing how public watching you react.To me commentators are all same and like those article writers which one day write 10 reasons why you should drink tea and after few months contradicting it with 10 reasons why you shouldn't drink tea.

When a player hit a four through covers..."What a great shot. Moved towards the pitch of the ball. Hit it on the up and guided it well to the extra cover boundary with great timing. There is no better player than him on the off side." Other ball of same type same bowler same batsman get out..."Shouldn't be playing that at all. It was pitched out side the line of off stump and he tried to reach it, also bit high to play hence failing to have any control by not playing it under the eyes / head. " Even Richie Benaud, Sunny, Ravi, Cozier.. any commentator does this and their commentary depend on whether the batsman get out or hit four or six. Their is little understanding what the batsmen or bowlers or fielders are thinking about when they have reaction time ranging from 1 to 10 seconds. To me these commentators are also like the non playing cricket public who watch our 20/30/40/50 overs cricket matches and have some comments to make standing comfortably under the trees for most of those 20-50 overs and having so much blah blah to do about how we should play the game under 35+ degrees heat and strong opponents who also have a good day at times. Cricket writers are also of similar type. They will just say anything to earn an income. Commentators too do the same. Public watching cricket matches do the same. The only thing that needs to be genuinely taken from them are statistics they provide either while commentating or in cricketing articles. There is no bias to it and there is everything true about it. It is wise to listen to only 21 other cricketers who are playing the match rather than being interested to know what the public and commentators and writers have to talk about it. The best comments and more consistent analysis will come from those on field guys who are in middle of action. Other people serve little purpose to enrich your cricketing aspirations. For one useful tip one will have to listen commentary of about 10 matches or read as many as 20 articles. But you discuss with coach for 5 minutes only and you will get much more relevant , practical and useful knowledge than listening to 20 matches, reading 20 articles. The hit ratio is much better and more quality.

Apart from this, just to point out that Bumble had so much to crib about IPL last year or two, but now he got IPL commentary contract and commentated since last round of matches this year. "IPL is such a great tournament, blah blah blah." What a way a good contract forces you to act rather than what you actually want to say.

I dont know whether the commentators in past era was good or not but the commentary in what i have listened is not good. The only things that i now take seriously from what they do is show the records or stats.
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby backfootpunch » Sun May 31, 2015 10:49 am

Iv always enjoyed listening to nasser and Atherton when they commentate together
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sun May 31, 2015 11:40 am

Boycott is the epitome of the kind of commentator Adi describes.
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Making_Splinters » Sun May 31, 2015 4:43 pm

I don't remember Bumble being particularly anti IPL over the years.
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Adi » Sun May 31, 2015 8:23 pm

Making_Splinters wrote:I don't remember Bumble being particularly anti IPL over the years.


Bumble while commentating in this years big bash was underrating the IPL tournament. But now has done a U turn about his views on IPL since he got the commentary contract.

Botham wanted IPL to be scraped from the cricket calender. Just wait until BCCI hands him commentary contract. Like Bumble he will be saying "IPL is such a great torunament".

Sky got right of IPL broadcast. Probably that will also have changed the views of lot of commentators.
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Dr Cricket » Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:51 am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/footba ... -Test.html
warne and Botham get to trouble on day 1 of the lords test.
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Alviro Patterson » Sun Jan 10, 2016 7:08 pm

braveneutral wrote:Completely?

Childlike enthusiasm has been known to endear unknowledgeable first time viewers.


I can actually envisage Danny Morrison commentating on the darts, he and the late Sid Waddell have similarities in terms of natural excitement in their words.
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:58 pm

Would be a good idea. Get Nas to move on too. And Lloyd. And Knight. And Warne.

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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Aidan11 » Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:19 am

Always thought of Gower in the Benaud mode that he would be a permanent anchorman of Sky cricket, and would be there forever.
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:23 am

Doesn't really offer a great deal.
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Adi » Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:24 am

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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Dr Cricket » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:31 pm

looks like bumble not taking it well that he didn't get selected to commentate on the ICC trophy.
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Alviro Patterson » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:43 pm

bhaveshgor wrote:looks like bumble not taking it well that he didn't get selected to commentate on the ICC trophy.


Not the impression I am getting, seems to be enjoying commentating on Talksport.
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Re: Who's your favourite commentator?

Postby Dr Cricket » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:10 am

not sure about that Daily mail written two articles on how it is so bad bumble not commentating.
not the impression he gave on twitter before the tournament with him saying he been binned from ICC tv.
plus he is the only commentator heard complaining or having articles written about him missing out.
you don't hear Botham, Gavaskar, Shastri or any commentator that missed out in the competition that would normally be there.
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