March 12, 2011


Not another cliché, please

Nikita Bastian

Suresh Menon, writing in DNA, says that while on-field innovations abound in modern cricket, the minds of the commentators have remained static. Indian commentators, he says, are probably inclined to clichés in an attempt to not rock the boat.

New strokes have been added to the game, new strategies abound, but the minds of those who provide the words to the pictures brought to millions of homes have, sadly, remained static.

Sunil Gavaskar tries to be funny, but doesn’t always carry it off, mainly because I suspect his employers do not believe in it … he is stymied by the first law of Indian broadcasting: keep serious and repeat the scores, that’s your job.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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