April 25, 2010

Indian Premier League

I'd pay to not to listen to Danny & Co

Jamie Alter

The IPL final is today and in his final installment of his column in the Hindustan Times, Soumya Bhattacharya says he can't wait for the circus to end.

I'd pay for the privilege of not having to listen to Ravi Shastri or Danny Morrison or many of that lot. The terrific thing is that I shall have that privilege without having had to pay. Very often, I tend to watch Tests or ODIs with the TV throttled into silence. Like the marketing jargon that masquerades as English (`feedback'; `on the same page'; `aligned'), Indian cricket commentary clichés are so clichéd - and so rampant - that they have corrupted the language.

In the Indian Express, Aditya Iyer lists out the snippets and comic capers of IPL 3, including Dhoni's innocent gaffe about being welcomed in Chennai, and Yuvraj's meeting with the Dalai Lama.


Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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