Cricket is a game that is more enjoyable when we hear a good commentary. A commentator is a person who has a good knowledge of the game, and with that, he has a good voice which is pleasant to hear.
Moreover, his style and tone to describe the match proceedings shouldn’t disturb the viewers watching the live match on the TV and mobile live streaming applications.
But lately, the commentators have come under the scanner for their wrong saying during a live event. Some former cricketers have taken responsibility for the commentary. But due to their debatable and controversial comments, they have been hated whenever they come on air for live commentary. Let’s see the five hated commentators of all time –
Navjot Singh Sidhu – The former Indian opening batsman has been active with the cricketing world. He is known as the TV personality for participating as a judge in some of the comedy shows. Sidhu Pajji was an aggressive opening batting for India. He used to thrash the bowlers during his playing days. Nowadays, Sidu is known for his poetry.
But his career in commentary didn’t do well as ESPN and ICC banned him from commentating. Sidhu has used some harsh word against Bangladeshi cricket players, and he comment was debatable during the Pulwama attack in 2019. He also went to the Pakistani prime minister’s oath ceremony, Imran Khan, which also sparked a huge controversy.
Dean Jones – The late commentator Dean Jones was from Australia. He was the best Aussie batsman, and Jones had a wonderful career in ODIs and Tests. Dean was a renowned commentator. But his comments against Hashim Amla were disgraceful, and that sparked a controversy.
In the match between South Africa and Sri Lanka in 2006, Hashim took a catch to dismiss Kumara Sangakkara. Jones said on air that the terrorist had got another wicket. Due to this comment, Ten Sports had sacked him from the job, and Jones also apologized for making such comments. Last year, Dean Jones passed away with a heart attack in Mumbai.
Geoffrey Boycott – He was a great player from England and a respected commentator. But he sparked controversy on his online interview with a publishing house called The Daily Telegraph.
Boycott had commented on women’s cricket, and he said that he has great respect for women’s cricket. But they have no resembles of power and strength which the Men cricket players have.
Russell Arnold – The Sri Lankan player was the former middle-order batsman for his country. After he retired from International Cricket after the world cup in 2007, Arnold took commentary as his career, and he was quite good at it.
But his comments against the Indian Team, which toured England in 2018, didn’t well with the fans of India. As a result, India lost the fourth Test at Southampton in just four days, and to this, Arnold tweeted that Test cricket is still for five days, right? Just asking. To this response, the Indian fans commented about the performance of their Sri Lanka and their rankings in the ICC table.
Sanjay Manjrekar – The former batsman of India is the son of the great Vijay Manjrekar, and Sanjay himself has been a good player for India. But his comments on Ravindra Jadeja were not proper. Sanjay said that Jaddu is a bits and pieces player. So he will not have him, and rather he would pick a spinner and a batsman instead of Jadeja.
But Jadeja performed brilliantly in the semi-final match against New Zealand, which India lost, and he has proved himself as a pure match-winner for India in all three formats. Manjrekar also commented about Ashwin. He said that Ashwin doesn’t have any five wickets hauls in the SENA countries. But Ashwin performed well in two back-to-back series in Australia, which India has won.