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Friday, August 26, 2005

On commentary

Notice a lot of posts about the quality of commentary. Reminds me of this: Sunny G was once telling a few of us this story of his early days in the box. Once, he said, he found himself sharing air time with Richie Benaud. Some batsman scored a century and Sunny took off, all about marvellous batting, glorious, all that stuff. Felt a tap, looked, it was Richie Benaud beside him signalling to shut up. So Sunny kept quiet. After a while, Richie signalled for him to speak, and Sunny started off.
Later, Sunny said, he went back to the production room and looked at the clip. And realized what Benaud was telling him -- when the batsman got to the landmark, the images told the story -- his gesture, his taking off the cap and kissing it, the crowd roaring in appreciation. No words needed, till the applause died down and the batsman went back to his crease.
Was my first real lesson, Sunny said. And I'll leave it at that.


  • Its too bad Sunny never really learned much from that lesson. Someone should keep tapping him every now and then.

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 04:49  

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