"Cricket is an art. Like all arts it has a technical foundation. To enjoy it does not require technical knowledge, but analysis that is not technically based is mere impressionism."
- C.L.R. James
Lol at Shastri using 'bloody' and 'damn'. How professional. His rant was hilarious though, pity they didn't fight more in the commentary box.
Shastri is involved with the BCCI and on the IPL governing council so no surprise this comment came from him.
Batsman I tolerate: V. Richards, S. Tendulkar, E. Morgan, N. Hussain. KEVIN O F******* BRIEN
If commentators spouted off like that every game it would get boring quickly, but every once in a while makes for hilarious viewing. It takes a certain kind of foolish courage to act like an arsehole on live TV. I almost respect it.
I find the constant descriptions of Tim Bresnan as a hard working toiler (mainly occurred a few years ago tbf) when he's an attacking bowler, or Ian Chappell saying Ross Taylor scored all his test centuries against Bangladesh during our last tour of Australia, or Tony Grieg saying Hamish Bennett was a medium pacer, far more offensive than an obviously passionate yet misguided idiot saying what he thinks.
Not doing your research and relying on cliches or plain making things up incenses me, because I could do that for far less coin. Shahstri has put some semblance of thought into his opinion, and he backs it to the hilt. I like that in my commentators, even if they do fall on the wtflolbbq end of the scale.
I want him down here next time India tour commentating alongside Crowe and I demand green pitches this time, not roads flatter than Paris Hilton. Recipe for entertainment.
Embarrassing stuff. Lost a lot of respect for Shastri there and gained some for Nasser.
Never had a high opinion of Shastri anyway so this is probably expected. Agree with those that find Bhogle annoying as well. Honestly, I dont even know what it is but that guy deserves a pie in the face or something.
On another note, echoing the thoughts on Ganguly's commentating. Actually like him more as a commentator than a player. I'm fairly partial to Gavaskar despite all the rubbish he says, but thats only because I liked him as a player though.
"I will go down as Darren Sammy, the one who always smiles" - Darren Sammy
Wow! Never saw something that unprofessional from Shastri. I always knew the guy was a one-eyed jingoistic freak, but for all his other shortcomings, the guy doesn't seem to be a tactless fool.
He has the other ingredients to be a fair commentator. A good, deep barritone, good command over the English language (not a given for sub-continental players) and concise views on the game that he manages to express somewhat articulately.
Even if I had the same opinion as Ravi (ftr, I do not), I would have voiced that in a more acceptable fashion. Of course, staying sober during the discussion helps a bit!
On a separate note, Bhogle should have cut Shastri off when he said "sour grapes".
I don't know what the relation between the two men is like but I'm assuming they are friends having worked together for so long. If my friend was drunk and on the verge of embarrassing himself on camera, my immediate reaction would be to thwart him. It's a pity that Bhogle actually leads him on.
That doesn't take away from Shastri's lack of discretion though. A sound-minded, adult commentator on air is expected to hold himself to better standards. A rap on the knuckles (a monetary fine, possibly) wouldn't be inappropriate, IMHO!
Wonder if Shastri is jealous of the England side being a superior test team?
shastri u lunatic.
See u on dark side of the moon.
President George W. Bush was
once a cheerleader!
And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta
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