Commentary Gripes

An unexpectedly exciting Test match currently unfolding in Madras, but not equally matched by the commentators, alas.

First, all of them insist that once the batsmen “get their eye in,” it becomes easier to score. Apart from the banality of such advice — what, would it get harder as batsmen spend more time at the crease? — it also does not match what happened in India’s first innings, when almost all the batsmen got out after getting starts.

Secondly, why do commentators offer the most stupid, expected diagnoses? Part of me suspects that they have too much air time to fill in, before and during a match, and they simply cannot match any suspense. What did Ravi Shastri and David Lloyd say before Day 4? India “need wickets”, England need to “build partnerships.” Get early wickets, they promised, and the game would be yours. Right, except the more pressing question is how to do this. It’s almost as if they could say, “In order for England to win, they need to win. They need to take wickets, and they need to do that by bowling.”

Thirdly, NEO Cricket insists on placing ads immediately after an over is finished, or a wicket has fallen. It will not wait even for a replay or for any discussion; the sponsors must be satisfied first. It’s utterly craven, and I always think it makes no sense, since they play the same ad at least 300 times. That raises two questions: first, do these channels decide, before the game begins, that they need to air, say, x number of ads? And second, why can’t channels find more sponsors?

OK. I’m done. Let’s just hope the cricket makes for better viewing.


2 thoughts on “Commentary Gripes

  1. achettup says:

    Just a quick note to say I’ve linked you up on my blog. And that I totally agree with this post. Star Cricket and Sports are guilty of an even worse sin in my opinion, and that is the advertisements always seem to be at a much higher volume than the cricket. Commentary remains abysmal, I would have thought Athers could only have made things better, it has been a marginal improvement at best.

  2. Hitesh says:


    I want to promote my new cricket highlight site I am trying to get all funny and historic moments of the cricket with latest videos.

    I have added your blog url at;cat=1.

    If you feel good do link exchange and add my site url to your blogroll.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: