Five Greatest Cricket Commentators
Watching a cricket match without commentary is like having a burger in a road-side shop inspite of having options such as KFC or McDonalds. Commentary not only includes providing the description of the game, but also provides us with some interesting facts and stats, some piece of history about the game and some unbelievable moments that took place inside the walls of dressing rooms. Usually players with good vocal skills and who are confident on mic after their playing careers take up commentary. The Gentlemen’s Game has seen many commentators but only a few stood out among them. Here is the list of five greatest commentators to have been a part of the game.
Harsha Bhogle is one of the commentators who came into the broadcasting council without playing a single First Class game. He started commentating for Air India Radio, Hyderabad in 1991 as a 19 year old before being roped in by the Australian Broadcasting Council during India’s tour of Australia in 1992. Bhogle attracts everyone with the quality he provides and never seem to bore the audiences. Currently he is the number 1 commentator in the world which is a great achievement considering the fact that he never played First Class cricket.
Mark Nicholas is one of the most under-rated cricket commentators at present. Having played domestic cricket for Hampshire for 17 years, Nicholas became a household name in the broadcasting panel. He joined sky sports as a commentator and became the face of channel nine, Australia’s primary cricket telecasting channel. During his time at Channel 9, Nicholas became the most loved commentator in Australia and they anticipate him as the successor of Richie Benaud.
Geoffrey Boycott is one of the most dangerous batsman England has ever seen. Apart from his playing career, Boycott has also won many peoples with his extraordinary commentary skills. He is considered as one of the most stylish commentator with a great voice and accent. He is known as fastidious in the broadcasting box because of his way of dressing and the way he moves with the people. Unlike other commentators, he speaks his heart out and even criticise players in a caustic style.
Late Tony Grieg, who was introduced to the commentary by Kerry Packerduring the Kerry Packer’s World Series. He played far better with the words than he played with his bat and ball. He had earned more people with the quality of commentary he provide. He is also called as the professor of Commentary. He used to host a regular weekend podcast called “The Tony Grieg Show” for cricinfo. Unfortunately, the Gentlemen’s game has lost one of its favourite voices and finest gentleman in 2012.
“The Voice of Cricket”. Nothing else is needed to describe the legendary Aussie commentator.