June 1, 2012

Indian cricket

He flashes, flashes hard

Carlyle Laurie

Ravi Shastri is one of the best allrounders the country has ever produced. Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, writing for Yahoo cricket, talks about Shastri’s role as a commentator and describes the IPL final as Shastri saw it.

Shastri’s commentary, like much of his batting, mostly runs on two gears: the dour and the overstated. When he needs a shield, he pulls out his quiver-full of cliches; when he needs a sword, he attacks with hyperbole. There is a robotic quality to a lot of Shastri’s commentary. So legendary are some of the Shastri-isms that they are immortalized by a Twitter bot that automatically throws out terms like “I just get the feeling” and “that’s gone to the fence like a tracer bullet”.

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