Mechanics in Ahmedabad listen to the India-Pakistan World Cup match on the radio

Turn down the telly, turn up the radio

There was a time when cricket fans felt TV commentary wasn't descriptive enough. Now its verbosity makes us turn back to the radio

Ricky Ponting and Kevin Pietersen engage in conversation

Meet Ricky the broadcaster

Ponting's debut on Channel Ten and his grilling of Kevin Pietersen hold out hope that cricket has found a high-calibre new TV voice

Shane Watson is miked up by the television crew before going out to bat

The cons of miking up players

Getting players to commentate on their strategies from the field could invite mischief and corruption

Richie Benaud is inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame by Ian Chappell

Commentary boxes need succession plans too

Channel Nine should work to maintain the standards that its best broadcasters - Benaud and Chappell - have set, rather than encourage a frat-house environment

Cricket Commentary

Commentary without context

Mukul Kesavan, in India's Telegraph, says cricket commentators get caught up in cliched explanations

BBC Radio London commentators cover the county match

When cricket crackled

Listening to radio commentary required you to construct an image from the words you heard and create a rich movie of the match in your mind's eye