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    T.V Commentators.The Best and the Worst

    Obviously a totally subjective thread and I'm sure one thats been done before, but should be interesting to read other thoughts.

    Don't know about others, but certainly for me in watching cricket on T.V , good commentators make a big difference in my enjoyment of the game, especially in test cricket.

    For me the CRACKER-JACK commentators are....

    1)Richie benaud - the king

    2) Bill Lawry - although biased - i luv when he gets excited + he does give credit where its due

    3) Henry Blofield - Hasn't been on T.V for a while, but used to luv listening to "the dear old thing"

    4) Nivot Sindu - Okay he very rearly talks cricket - but is a funny man - only in small doses though

    5) Geoff Boycott - Is arrogant as he is, I don't neccessarily like the man, but do really enjoy his commentaries.

    For me the SHOCKERs are.....

    1)Simon O'donnell - not really a commentator, but presents with Richie, in the breaks. How the hell did he get this job? I can't work it out

    2) Waqar Younis - May & probably will get better - but at the moment is almost unbearable

    3) Danny Morrison - wetter than a wet fish

    4) Gavin Larsen - even wetter than danny morrison

    5) Bob Willis - As exciting as a funeral ...

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    I rate all on your GOOD list and definately agree with your Gavin larsen observation.

    I would add Ian Smith to your list of great commentators.

    He is full of wry wit and generally bang on with his observations.

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    i can't stand gavin larsen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turnmills
    I rate all on your GOOD list and definately agree with your Gavin larsen observation.

    I would have added Ian Smith to your list of great commentators.

    He is full of wry wit and generally bang on with his observations.
    I would have included Smith except he lets himself down by getting all too emotional when NZ aren't doing well.

    He was however brilliant when he was a neutral commentator in the Ashes a couple of years ago


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    What about the late John Arlott?

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    There is no one on a par with David Lloyd. He is a fantastic commentator. I find myself in agreement with a lot of things Ian Botham says as well.

    I also (shock, horror!) really enjoy Mark Nicholas' commentary. Richie Benaud is a legend and I don't mind Tony Greig either. Allan Donald and Sanjay Manjrekar are pretty good.

    On the other hand, I'm growing less impressed with Ian Chappell all the time, and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan is a tool. Waqar Younis needs to find another job.
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    Michael Holding is the man. An absolute legend. And Ravi Shastri sounds so suave, lmao.

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    I HATE Ian Smith. Maybe I'm the only one, but I do. He is terribly biased towards NZ, and he is also incredibly pompous and makes it sound as though every sentence he is saying is the most important of all time, despite his tendency to repeat the same opinions in every game.

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    top ten sub continent commentators.

    ramiz raja:one of the best commentators i love him to dead.

    sanjay manjerakar:supports india alot but still a good commentator.

    navajot sidhu:he is funny and he is a good commentator i love to watch him commentat.

    ravi shastri:one of the best and although he retired from commentating but still he remains the best

    waqar younis:was bad when he made his debut as a bowler he was struggling a bit and sort of struggling as a commentator these days but will eventullay get better as he continue's

    wasim akram:is a legend and is a good commentator although he is rather intersted teaching indian bowlers how to bowl.

    i should say top six.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket player
    top ten sub continent commentators.

    ramiz raja:one of the best commentators i love him to dead.
    I really hope you don't mean that literally... seriously...

    Quote Originally Posted by cricket player
    navajot sidhu:he is funny and he is a good commentator i love to watch him commentat.
    What's so good about watching someone commentate? I usually judge their performance on what I hear from them.

    Quote Originally Posted by cricket player
    ravi shastri:one of the best and although he retired from commentating but still he remains the best
    He can't be the best if he doesn't commentate. He may have been the best, however.

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    For me my favourite comentators in no particular order:

    1) David Loyd
    2) Bill Lawry
    3) Tony Greig
    4) David Gower
    5) Rameez Raja

    I dislike the following:

    1) Ian Botham
    2) Ian Smith
    3) Greg Chappel
    4) Ian Healy
    5) Mark Taylor
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinzan12
    Obviously a totally subjective thread and I'm sure one thats been done before, but should be interesting to read other thoughts.

    Don't know about others, but certainly for me in watching cricket on T.V , good commentators make a big difference in my enjoyment of the game, especially in test cricket.

    For me the CRACKER-JACK commentators are....

    1)Richie benaud - the king

    2) Bill Lawry - although biased - i luv when he gets excited + he does give credit where its due

    3) Henry Blofield - Hasn't been on T.V for a while, but used to luv listening to "the dear old thing"

    4) Nivot Sindu - Okay he very rearly talks cricket - but is a funny man - only in small doses though

    5) Geoff Boycott - Is arrogant as he is, I don't neccessarily like the man, but do really enjoy his commentaries.

    For me the SHOCKERs are.....

    1)Simon O'donnell - not really a commentator, but presents with Richie, in the breaks. How the hell did he get this job? I can't work it out

    2) Waqar Younis - May & probably will get better - but at the moment is almost unbearable

    3) Danny Morrison - wetter than a wet fish

    4) Gavin Larsen - even wetter than danny morrison

    5) Bob Willis - As exciting as a funeral ...

    Nivot Sidhu?

    Anyway, Navjot IMO is bearable for a post-match review or similar, but his style for sure doesn't suit play-by-play.
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    lol, just saw some highlights, Bill Lawry is in peak form today, screaming his head off.

    And I didn't realise that Ravi had retired?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thierry henry
    lol, just saw some highlights, Bill Lawry is in peak form today, screaming his head off.

    And I didn't realise that Ravi had retired?
    Shastri hasnt retired. He just spends more time nowadays interviewing newbie commentators and flirting during match intervals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galactic_Soap
    For me my favourite comentators in no particular order:

    1) David Loyd
    2) Bill Lawry
    3) Tony Greig
    4) David Gower
    5) Rameez Raja

    I dislike the following:

    1) Ian Botham
    2) Ian Smith
    3) Greg Chappel
    4) Ian Healy
    5) Mark Taylor

    Why would you not like greg chapple the guy is a legend.

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