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Harsha Bhogle features on The Huddle to join Sharda Ugra, Jarrod Kimber and Nitin Sundar for a discussion on the sights and sounds aside from the cricket itself in the IPL (00:00)

April 22, 2013

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

I have been waiting for someone to bring this point up for a long time now. IPL commentary aside, the cricket itself isn't magnified as rightly pointed out. One of the great pleasures of watching cricket is to predict a LBW decision, and proving that the umpire's decision is wrong. In IPL, there are instances when replays aren't shown for a particular decision and I end up losing the argument with my friends about whether it was actually out or not.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

bang on Harsha Bhogle when u said " You have to able to tell a story in 140 characters while retaining the ability to retain the viewer's attention over 5000 words".

Posted by SagarChordia on (April 23, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

i mean do not get me wrong. continuing again as characters left were almost nil. about the commentary team, the inputs by the Indian commentary team such as Ravi Shastri, The great Sunny Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, and the ever expressive Sourav Ganguly along with Paul Collingwood (for the England tour the )explosive Matthew hayden, the legendary Allan Border and the spin king Shane Warne along with the ever green HARSHA BHOGLE are great commentators and they did present the entire series very wel, but with those names missing it felt empty and incomplete somewhere..

Posted by SagarChordia on (April 23, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

Its interesting that this point was covered, what i would like to add is I seriously missed the views of the English and Australian commentary teams when those teams toured India. i mean David Gower, Sir Ian, Nasser Hussain, David Lloyd and Mike Atherton.. same with some great Australain commentators like Ian Chappell, Mark Nicholous, Michael Slater and Mark Taylor. I know it was an issue with the boards but that deprived cricking nerds like me of some interesting comments and discussions that would have otherwise taken place at the start, mid innings and after the match..

Posted by   on (April 23, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

i very much resent the practice of having extensive video and audio coverage of "on the mic" persons , even during the more exciting stages of the actual game.Starting at times from the second ball(with White in one instance) of the match to interview with the assistant mental coach of some team (DD, ithink) to the Commissioner for Basketball(for over 15 minutes, for God's sake), why this pointless exercise. Incidentally, foreign commentators seem to be partial to discussions with overseas players and their accents are definitely not conducive to viewer understanding leave alone the complete irrelevance of their views .Why not resrict all this to studio discussions before, after and during long breaks, so that we can conveniently switch off thesame

Posted by Wacco on (April 23, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

The only reason people will be turning away from IPL in future is the TV presentation! The commentary and other assiciate stuff are atrocious - more of an act of clown than serious stuff. Why do you think IPL audience wont like "the real game". They are watching because they like cricket in the first place. No one will tune in to watch the faces of few Mumbai socialites day in and day out unless the cricket is entertaining. Its beyond imagination that these kinds of crazyness happening in a pre-game show of a Giants-Redskins' (NFL) or LA-SA (NBA) game. A leagues around the world survive because of the quality of the games played and not because of some high-flying entertainer showing skills in dancing or a 'limited' commentator describing how colorful the ground looks like!

Posted by venkatesh018 on (April 23, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

I loved the"extremely positive note" comment from Sharda in response to Jarrod saying people stop watching all TV shows one day.

Posted by Apocalypsoz on (April 23, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

But commentary is describing what is going on.Not a series of mind reading sentences.This is different from discussing tactics which is entirely different. Describing sights and sound is also different.

What is the crowd thinking about ? What would the batsman be saying ? What is in his mind ? I wonder what he would say to this ? What would the bowler say to the umpire?

At the end of it, I could write another book of name dropping and quotes. Describe what is going on in the field and ask the experts about tactics. Get different show on mind reading with the Alumnii.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

I agree with Harsha.. you give consumers what they want. IPL is different and should be different. if you don't want commentary there is MUTE button. why are the hosts acting like self appointed patrons of cricket TV viewers.. if you want to do so.. please watch the Big bash.. English T20 , international cricket and test cricket..

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