Cricket is a sport which has both audio and video dynamics. There were times when we used to listen commentary via radio. Times have changed and so has been the standard of commentary. Today, during a match, we feel excitement when we hear the commentators in the same as we watch the match. Let us analyze top Indian commentators and their cricketing relations:
1>Sunil Gavaskar (success in cricket, success in commentary)
Sunil Gavaskar can be regarded as the best batsmen Indian has ever produced. His ability to score runs in all conditions has been simply amazing, so has been his commentary. He is regarded as one of the most renowned commentators across the globe.
His love for technique, something he was known for during his playing days, is evident even today when he takes mic in his hands. Listening to his in-depth knowledge of the game is an education in itself for any cricket fan. He is someone who has been successful both while playing cricket as well as doing commentary.
2> Harsha Bhogle (no relation with cricket, success in commentary)
Harsha Bhogle is one of the most admired commentators in India. Like many Indian commentators, he also started his career with the All-India Radio (AIR). Harsha belongs to an exceptional class as he is one of the few non-cricketers who made huge success as a commentator. He did Chemical Engineer and was also an MBA grad from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.
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3> Ravi Shastri (success in cricket, success in commentary)
Head Coach of Indian Cricket Team was a successful cricketer but his career as a commentator was even better.
Shastri had been known for his commanding voice. He could generate excitement in the game like no other commentators. He was witty, passionate and honest in his views. Currently he is serving the Indian cricket team as the head coach. We expect him to come back to commentary when he is relieved from coach position.
4>Sanjay Manjrekar (failed as cricketer, success in commentary)
Sanjay Manjrekar has represented India in 74 ODI and 37 Test Matches. He could not really make a mark in his cricketing career. He could only manage to score 2043 runs in 37 test matches. In 74 ODI, he could only manage to score 1994 runs at a below average.
Sanjay Manjrekar is one of the best commentators in the country when it comes to being an English commentator. He understands match situations very well. What we really like about his commentary is that he is unabashed about stating his viewpoint.
5>Aakash Chopra (failed as cricketer, success in commentary)
Akash Chopra failed miserably in his cricketing career. He played only 10 test matches for India in which he could only manage to score 437 runs at an average of 23. But he was very fortunate to make a career in commentary.
Akash Chopra is one of the most popular cricket commentators who is always full of energy. His quick punch lines during commentary is really a bonus for listeners as well as watchers. He is a very good reader of the game and he has the ability to do commentary both, in Hindi and English with identical efficiency.
6> Navjot Singh Sidhu (average cricketer, success in commentary)
Navjot Singh Sidhu was a swashbuckling batsman who used to open for India. He was an average cricketer who failed to impress for a longer duration of time.
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Sidhu didn’t have fancy education like Harsha Bhogle did. Sidhu’s witty comments entertained the hell out of people. His witty one-liners made everyone dance to their seats. His commentary many times made even a boring match look interesting. Most of his comments were on the spot created which signified his humorous personality.
7>Murali Kartik (average cricketer, success in commentary)
Murali Karthik has played only 8 test matches and 37 ODI for India and his international cricket career has been very short. The spinner could only manage to take 37 wickets in 37 One Day matches.
Murali Karthik has earned himself a good name in the commentary circle. Like Aakash Chopra, he also has a good command over both the languages, Hindi and English.
All-in-all, it clearly signifies that it is not important that you success in every walk of life. Sometimes, your failure in one thing can make you achieve success in the other. Most of these above commentators are prime example of this.