Monday, October 23, 2006

Cricket Coverage...Crazier by the Day

I still remember those insane days when I used to get up at the crack of dawn (well actually be4 that)to see the world cup unfold in australia. Boy how things have changed since then. India still has that special place for cricket its the king of all sports as far as India is concerned.I used to watch those prematch and post match analysis as if the analysis could just change the results of the game or at the very least help me interpret the game better as if the game was as much a puzzle as the Rubik's Cube (which i have never ever got to solving and to think some people do it blindfolded...really makes me feel miserable). Now I am not saying the analysis was earth shattering or something like that but at least it used to captivate one's mind (there is one more thing i seriously want to know does richie benaud never age..he has been channel 9's correspondent since well pretty much since the time i remmember watching cricket take place in australia..and the bugger looks the same!!!).
Nowadays things are totally diffent. You have a bimbo who well basically chooses to both reveal her skin and her ignorance about cricket, So much so that you are not sure whether to mute the televesion or laugh at the fact that cricket has been made a mockery. Now dont get me wrong of course i like oggling at the bimbo, surely thats what tips the ratings of the show up.. In fact i believe SEt max has quoted that it has radically changed the kind of audiance who tune into the game, it proclaims to have got the game closer to women!!(of all people I thought they would be the last to tune into cricket because of a revealing bimbo but well times have changed and the closets are being emptied :D) And to add to the bimbo you have somebody called Sidhu and his wonderful quotations. He is definitely talented and well uses every opportunity to display his talent with all those flowery quotations which will definitely put any English Man to shame but sometimes you just cant handle it.. I mean give me a break I have had enuff of these ridiculous quotations (maybe its partly due to the fact that I cant quote for nuts :)). To top it all we have some stupid tarrot card reader trying to predict who is gonna win...(and she doesnt stop at it she predicts everything from indian economy to the prospects of mandira bedi's next movie)..imagine how simple things would be if just on the basis of some bimbette taking out a card things could be predicted...but the tarrot card reader is very smart now. She doesnt commit to anything does she? She just hints at prospects of the game and states some chances of one team winning so that she can never be caught in the act of actually predicting what happens...real cheapster if u ask me and she is not even good to oggle at :)
So if u ask me as viewer what would i like to have...well i think a bit of mix of the old and the new i guess...i mean sidhu is adorable with his quotations if only he knew the meaning of the word limit. And by all means do have the harm ever came from oggling at the bimbo :) but lets just limit her contribution in the discussion :) and atleast cut the tarrot card reader..btw i believe u can definitely make cricket more insightful and entertaing by having the right kind of presenters...for example Geoffrey Boycott's commentary are both entertaining and insightful at the same time... But then all I can do as an individual is just use the remote when things become unbearable to hear :)

p.s.: I think that woman commentator is also aweful and we need to change her.. Maybe we should try some female like the way the channels found Harsha bhogle (somebody who would have hardly played cricket and at the same time can capture the audience completely)


Blogger Jaya said...

U r right... I think "Bimbo Times" started with Mandira bedi on SetMax with her ridiculous blouses n saris (nevertheless), coming to comment on cricket. There have been sooooo many occasions when I think I should be out there to comment and would do a far superior job. The days of Boycott, Tony Greig (too flamboyant), Michael Holding et al, I truly miss. They used to make the whole game more enjoyable than it already was. I guess now its best to tune out of the commentary and watch the game for its merit.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

:(((( for stealing my next post.
As a fervent fant of cricket, I feel like scrounging at the "new window" of opportunity that is presented to us.
I really don't understand why we need skin shows in cricket, we always have bollywood numbers to satiate our instincts.
I really pity the plight of Charu Sharma who is struckup between commentating & leering.
Cricket commentation is more about History, Controversy ,Passion & Flar.
I really miss those commentators.. would they be back one day?

3:35 PM  
Blogger pithan said...

Remember Henry Blofeld with his trademark bow-tie and his commentary stints in Sharjah? Times have really changed.

Sum total of Pre Match Prediction, Post Match Analysis, Packages and Advertisements is bigger than Actual Cricket Time on field..

Sidhu is in learning curve about limits(let him get a lesson or two from mandira on maintaining limits!!)

But as long as Remote is in our hands and Music Channels on Air, i really dont mind...

6:42 PM  
Blogger Sudarshan said...

Jaya---> maybe u can give it a shot...coz the female commentator currently sucks... :)

Sara---> well i guess i was faster with the gun dude...better luk next time..and i am sure u will always find something else to post on..

pithan--> yeah seriously miss henry blofield..he had a nice way of decribing earrings adorned by the most adorable spectators ;)..

but then ultimately guys we still have the remote control and the choices :) three cheers to the plethora of channels.. :)

5:53 PM  
Blogger Karthikeyan said...

I still remember the days when my parents used to comment about the game "11 fools are playing and 11000 fools are watching it" (including me). I still can't digest the fact that the people who go live before and after the show commenting on the flaws any side makes - and which lead to the debacle of the team - horrible. Much worse was the advent of bringing in Numerologist into the pre-match analysis stage - in the recent ICC champions trophy, the so called "Numerologist" started co-relating the number displayed on the players shirts and the players performance - especially the decider match between SA and Srilanka - when the so called "Numerologist" said today is Srilanka's day - which actually ended up vice-versa.

10:33 AM  

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