Commentary box mein mere sahyogi hai

Bored with English commentators, I had just switched channels to discover cricket being served the Hindustani way as well.

updated: March 08, 2011 13:20 IST
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``Andrew Strauss itni der se ballebaazi kar rahe hai ki ab to unko gend football ki tarah nazar aa rahi hogi.'' The sentence got me plumb lbw, and there was no UDRS needed here!

Bored with some of the former cricketer-turned-English language commentators who more often than not seem to state the obvious (``the batsmen have to bat very well from here on if India has to win the match''), I had just moved from Star Cricket to Star Sports to discover that the India-England encounter was being served the Hindustani way as well.

It was fun. Call it native cultural affinity or whatever else you will. There is something innately joyful about the language, a turn of phrase, an idiom that makes you smile as you listen to the commentary and watch the match. Having grown up in the times, when the silken voices of Sushil Doshi and Jasdev Singh ruled the airwaves, Hindi commentary never fails to touch my heart.

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