Cricket is a game that is watched by millions around the globe. Cricket commentators thus are the voice and mind of all the viewers watching a game on television. Masses frame opinions often on what they hear commentators say, so commentary has ever since made the game alive on television and radio. Here thus we have compiled a list of 10 cricket commentators who make the game more interesting for the viewers.
10. Sunil Gavaskar:
The ESPN Star Sports and BCCI commentator Sunil Gavaskar is a very candid and livid commentator who grips the audience with his through professionalism behind the microphone. Known for his staunch expressions and tickling new statements, Sunil sees cricket from the eyes of a batsman with distinction. The author commentator has a very fond liking for vocabulary and at times makes the game exciting outside the field with his uncanny wit.
9. Mark Taylor:
The modern Nine Network commentator Mark Taylor is someone you’d want to listen all day. Living in the company of fellow commentators Michael Slater and Ian Healy (team Channel Nine), Taylor distances himself from pro Aussie statements. Taylor’s opinions are usually balanced; he is always ready to voice his opinions on controversial matters. He is probably the best commentating act on Channel Nine.
8. David Lloyd:
One of the most versatile commentators on Sky Sports, David Lloyd is also one of the most recognized names in world of cricket commenting. Nicknamed Bumble, Lloyd he is available for almost each England international, and does ICC tournaments for Fox. He adds unrelenting excitement to the game, with the use of witty words and hilarious comments. Some of his patent words and phrases are part of modern day cricket that other commentators love to use.
7. Simon Doull:
Former right arm medium pace swing bowler, Simon Doull is now a full time commentator with New Zealand’s SKY Sports. Doull’s career as a player was marred by injuries, but he has come to show what he is through is appearances as commentator. He is an entertaining personality behind the mic. Doull is famous for speaking his mind and he keeps the viewer entertained with his knowledge about the game. He avoids linking to many things to the game, and believes in keeping it simple for the listeners.
6. Ian Bishop:
Ian Bishop’s inclusion in the list of commentators’ that make the game interesting may be a little surprise for many, but personal I have found Ian as an existing commentator. Bishop is a calm and collected commentator. Even in high drama games, Bishop manages to keep his composure and not get carried away with the flow of the game. He has subtle comments that keep the mood light and the game interesting.
5. Navjot Singh Sidhu:
If there is a commentator who knows how to make the game of cricket interesting for the viewers, then Navjot Singh Sidhu, or Sidhu paaji (as he is better known) walks away with the trophy outrightly. Famous for the consistent phrases and over the moon enthusiasm, Sidhu is by far the most entertaining commentators but has the tendency of being biased in favor of batsman in general and India in particular.
4. Ravi Shastri:
The charismatic Ravi Shastri has a great strength as a commentator. Carrying his ideology of speaking his mind out since his playing career is something that sets Shastri apart from the other commentators working for BCCI. Shastri often sees the match situation from a different point of view and this is why he has a very varying impact on the audience that love listening to him.
3. Michael Atherton:
In my opinion Michael Atherton is by far the best full time commentators in world cricket today. Michael is blessed with a voice that utterly pleasing, his analysis of the game is top class and he is a different man altogether when he is behind the mic. Michael transforms into a person who loves keeping things simple yet really informative as soon as he gets behind the mic.
2. Geoffrey Boycott:
Geoffrey Boycott, former England batsman and captain is cricket’s most authoritative voice. Geoff’s analysis of the game is beyond the ability of other commentators. His native English accent, understanding of the game and thorough professionalism make him an entertaining commentator.
1. Harsha Bhogle:
An Indian cricket commentator and journalist Harsha Bhogle started his career as a commentator at the age of 19 with All India Radio. A graduate from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Harsha is the only commentator in the list who hasn’t played cricket at any professional level. His knowledge and understanding of the game is however better than most professionals. His good speaking skills and thorough knowledge make Harsha the most entertaining commentator today.