The role rather duty of a commentator is to keep the audiences well informed about the ongoing match, maintain the integrity of the commentary box, and provide deep insight about the game. However, in Cricket we have not one but many commentators who just cannot get away from their prejudices – Worst, they can’t stop giving their biased view and remain partial towards their country men all the time.
Introducing them one by one –
Listening to Mike Atherton is like overhearing a tete-e-tete between a group of English men who presumes that everyone is on the joke. He always goes gaga over the great bowling of English bowlers specifically Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann. During one particular match between England and India in England, he said to Harsha Bhogle – “Though it is England, it is India which has more support in the stadium, and the pitch too is assisting ‘YOUR‘ spinners, says a lot about our hospitality” Bhogle quickly snapped back saying, We let you rule our country for so many years, this is the least you can do for us.”
2. Rameez Raja
Mr. Raja never misses pissing any and every cricket fan with his “DOOMSDAY PREDICTION” of a team (any team) going through a tricky phase while playing against Pakistan. With a foot in his mouth, he actually doesn’t believe in myths such as “make sense when you talk“. “Pakistan is a very good team” – Rameez Raja comments during a WI-Eng match. #RandomCommentary
3. Ian Healy
Ian Healy, I guess, he has surgically removed his one eye. Sitting in the Channel Nine Commentary box, he can see nothing but the Australian cricketers and talks very much from the Aussies’ vantage. His favorite hobby is to challenge the umpire’s decision whenever a non-Aussie player is declared “NOT OUT.”
4. Sanjay Manjrekar
Nobody actually cares what Mr. Manjrekar has to say. No wonder he is called a BCCI agent. Of course, he is a major blunder as Indian commentator. For instance, he will compare India’s best with Pakistan’s best, and give brownie points to Indians without actually making any sense or justifying why the former is better.
5. Tony Cozier
Another country lover, this old chap cannot just stop going on and on about West Indies even when they are not playing the game. He is more like an unofficial West Indies Goodwill Ambassador than a cricket commentator.
A Live commentary is certainly not Gavaskar’s forte. Still, he doesn’t stop being lame and continue with his blatant favoritism time and again.
7. Arun Lal
Mr. Lal has a natural tendency of raving about his favorite Indian player without any reservations. Though his English is good, and he has a good insight of the game, it is his knowledge of Indian conditions and players which makes him biased to Indian cricketers. He is always found pissing the firangi commentators in the commentary box with his annoying laughter and biased thoughts.
8. Ranjit Fernando
Welcome to Ranjit Fernando’s commentary – Every Sri Lanka player is a match winner to him. A commentator is supposed to give credits to the players where the credit is due, but he is simply not ready to do. In a game between India and Sri Lanka, it was Irfan Pathan’s good delivery that bowled out Jayawardene hitting his middle stump. But Mr. Fernando simply whined, “It was not a good bowl but Jayawardene played a very bad stroke and gave his wicket easily.”
9. Harsha Bhogle
Commentators should stick to what’s going on as viewers aren’t so naive that they can’t draw conclusions, but being suffering from Verbal Diarrhea, Harsha Bhogle just can’t do that. He has a habit to take a discussion towards his direction, that is India and Mumbai Indians. Though, he tries too hard to be neutral, he cannot hide his biased nature.
10. Ian Chappell
Mr. Chappell thinks Australia is an invincible team and no one can/should beat them. He called Shahid Afridi an idiot captain when Pakistan defeated Australia in World Cup 2011. Criticism is Chappell’s middle name but it doesn’t much apply to the Australian players.
Perhaps, it won’t be a bad idea if ICC introduces a panel of commentators soon!