1998 Coca Cola Cup- India vs Australia in the finals at Sharjah.
1999 The ICC World Cup- South Africa vs Australia at Headingly
2006 South Africa vs Australia this time at the Wanderers, Johannesburg
Great ODI’s all of them. Can you imagine them with Rajinder Amarnath (How many sons did Lala Amarnath have??? Everyday one new one comes up!!!) or Javagal Shrinath at the box. All of them had one common thread that was Tony Greig in the commentary box. Richie Benaut with his Grandpa influence, Geoff Boycott with his Mum and Shilpa Shetty, Siddhu with his histrionics, Shastri and gavaskar with their expert and neutral analysis, and above all Tony Greig with his orgasmic and yet so honest description…Where are they???
And yep the most famous Alumni of IIMA Harsha Bhogle…Sweet and Critical.( I know just 2-3 more…the famous ones from IIMA).
My father tells me stories of the days when people were glued to the Radio for commentary. Those were surely better times. Infact technology is crapping the scene up rather than improving it in any sense. Channels come up with so called expert panels (some of whom played just a few matches…and speak like that they know everything)
Situation much more worse in football now. So much so that I wrote a mail to ESPNSTAR to chuck of its Hindi Commentary. With phrases like “Ronalandinhio ne baxe main khalbali macha di!!!” God better save us. That poor soul doesn’t even know the names of player. It sounds disgusting.
And somehow things get worse on television nowadays. The entry of Mandira Bedi was a huge turning point to the whole cricket saga. She definitely was brought drive the male hormones crazy with her noodle straps but I bet Tony Greig can do the same without even wearing them. Though it would look funny with his Hat on.
Somehow I don’t understand the thing behind Ex Cricketers every one of them coming up in the box. And I surely have nothing against girls coming up or someone not with a good cricketing Career backing him. Saw this girl in the South Africa Australia series and she was great much better than the girl named ROSHNI who sat in the “Fair and Lovely Fourth umpire Show”.
This show though has to get the award for the worst cricketing show ever. Infact the respct I had for Mohinder Amarnath and Shrikanth is now furrrr and the way they talk its horrible.
I just want to tell a few of the chaps that you are not for this please.
And as Maninder singh says “Mujhe Samjah nahi aa raha hai yashpal ki hum commentary kyon karte hain??”
Yashpal”Jee haan maninder. Main bilkul shamat hoon aapse.”
Desh says” Appne Khasa pareshan kiya hai hume.Please Spare us…Matches should go back to Silent Era…nothing is better than this…”
I read something on Commentary here too, the inzy-blackwell incident is nice
“The nightmare called Television Commentary“
Sorry for Picking up the same title but no other way of putting it up. Nightmare though may be too lenient.