In no other sport does the commentator play such an important role as in cricket. The length of matches, the many gaps that need to be filled, the complexity of the rules and of tactics, coupled with the fact that the profession seems to attract a certain kind of eccentric have led to a cult of the commentator in almost every country where the game is played.
India is fanatical about cricket and is not short of an eccentric or two, so it is not surprising that they have produced someone like Navjot Sidhu, who is apparently a commentating legend. I like his style.
1. That ball went so high it could have brought an air hostess down with it.
2. There is light at the end of the tunnel for India, but it’s that of an incoming train which will run them over.
3. Experience is like a comb that life gives you when you are bald.
4. Ganguly has thrown a drowning man both ends of the rope (after Ganguly called Dravid for a run and midway sent him back in the third test against the West Indies at Barbados).
5. The Sri Lankan score is running like an Indian taxi meter.