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    Pommie Mbangwa

    How awesome is he when he's commentating?

    One of my favourite commentators from the younger brigade of commentators. Kind of like the Zimbabwean Michael Slater without being as over the top as Slats is at times. That being said, Michael Slater's one of my favourites too.

    But I've loved Pommie's commentary in this IPL, it's always so positive and it's clear that he loves his cricket.
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    Yes, freshens up a pretty stale commentary lineup IMO. Loving his enthusiasm for all things cricket too, comes off as a top bloke from all the pre and post match stuff he does too.
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    Yes, Michael Slater is a very fair comparison point. I rate Slater higher but Pommie is defnitely a very good commentator. Very articulate and puts across whatever he is saying very clearly. I would like him to give more inputs though which is where I feel that he lacks which puts him a bit below the toppest level. Still excellent though. His voice is among the best though (this is a very subjective opinion which not all might agree with but according to me at least). Very smooth and silky.
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    Pommie Mbangwa doesn't come across as irritating (or completely neurotic) at all...unlike Slater, IMO.

    His record, FWIW, indicates that he was a decent Test bowler (but a laughable ODI bowler).


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    Pommie is good. Very articulate and interesting. He has surprised me with his commentary. I did not expect him to be so good. He makes Sivaramakrishnan look ridiculously stuck up too

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    He really is quite excellent. He is also an extremely nice bloke who replies to emails and facebook messages if you send them to him. He is without any shadow of a doubt the best commentator Zimbabwe have produced. In fact I would go so far as to say he is the best commentator in Southern Africa. He also goes to show you don't have to be a top-class international cricketer to know what is going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb View Post
    He really is quite excellent. He is also an extremely nice bloke who replies to emails and facebook messages if you send them to him. He is without any shadow of a doubt the best commentator Zimbabwe have produced. In fact I would go so far as to say he is the best commentator in Southern Africa. He also goes to show you don't have to be a top-class international cricketer to know what is going on.
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    Pommie is really good (think I was one of the first that called that on here, can't remember), but I think that'll only last while he is new and after a few years the things he has going for him might no longer be there. Or not.
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    if pommie is the one with the dreadlocks, yea hes alrite.

    i have no opinion on all the others, they sound exactly the same to me, not particularly interesting either.

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    Personally I've always liked Sivaramakrishnan too TBH. He and Slater, and Nasser Hussain too, are a few of the decent "recent" additions to commentary teams IMO.

    Interesting to see the Mbangwa-love here, actually - I'd never really given him a moment's thought. He's just "been there". Certainly an obvious sign that he's not a poor commentator, but I'll have to give it some more thought next time I listen to him on a Test or ODI.
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    Never watched an IPL game but saw a lot of him in SA.

    He is well spoken without being pompous and enthusiastic without going overboard.

    I like him and think he does a good job.

    He isnt at that top level yet as he doesnt quite have the authority or presence of the guys who were top players or journos but he may get there one day.

    What Ive seen so far is pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Personally I've always liked Sivaramakrishnan too TBH. He and Slater, and Nasser Hussain too, are a few of the decent "recent" additions to commentary teams IMO.

    Interesting to see the Mbangwa-love here, actually - I'd never really given him a moment's thought. He's just "been there". Certainly an obvious sign that he's not a poor commentator, but I'll have to give it some more thought next time I listen to him on a Test or ODI.
    His initial impression is a cultural shock. He is so much a youngster in spirit and his obvious enjoyment of the moment and life in general comes as a big change from the more staid attitudes one is used to. After you have got over that, hopefully without feeling that some sacred space has been sullied, you will like him.

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    Enjoy his commentary, enthusiastic and has a lovely voice, especially amongst all the South African accents when he commentates domestically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Personally I've always liked Sivaramakrishnan too TBH. He and Slater, and Nasser Hussain too, are a few of the decent "recent" additions to commentary teams IMO.

    Interesting to see the Mbangwa-love here, actually - I'd never really given him a moment's thought. He's just "been there". Certainly an obvious sign that he's not a poor commentator, but I'll have to give it some more thought next time I listen to him on a Test or ODI.
    Pommie is awesome Richard, you must watch some more IPL games. He's truly been fantastic behind the microphone this tournament. That being said, he's always pretty good. Agreed about Slater and Hussain, I'm big fans of both of them. Could listen to Nasser, Slater and Pommie for hours. Add Harsha Bhogle, Ian Chappell and Jonathan Agnew in there and I wouldn't need any other commentator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Personally I've always liked Sivaramakrishnan too TBH.
    I think(only speculating) that most people's problems with him are his not so pleasing to the ears voice, because once I got over that and listened to what he had to say he wasn't that bad. Especially good when he's analysing spinners. Surprised he didn't turn out a better player than his record shows because he sounds smart enough.

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