As the Indo-Pak Series come to an end; i am mighty relieved for a fast endangered species of cricket called Bowlers. In the quest to produce a high scoring game; the groundsmen (most of them illiterate on ground sciences) prodcue such docile pitches that even McGrath (Ave of 7!) would have sweet dreams of belting opposition all round the park. Add to that, the craze of the crowd for boundaries - we now have boundaries that are less than 75 yards - scores of 300 are quite common. I remember a couple of years back, when WI toured us - there were 6 matches, where totals in excess of 275 were chased with ease. Does anyone feel symathy for the bowlers or am i alone? Unlikely
While bad pitches spoil cricket, poor commentators are even worse. Blame should lay on TWI Int., that picked Ramiz Raja, Aamir Sohail & Waqar Younis and add them to Indian Cricket's lightweights - Arun Lal, Sanjay Manjrekar anf you will feel bad for the TV Viewers. While the Pak commentators are so biased, not even healthy nicks, inside edges are detected by them. To add to my anguish, i cannot see Srikanth (a great star with the bat & not the mike), Charu Sharma, Mohinder Amarnath & the lady do Fourth Innings. I believe that this is god's punishment for my cribs against Mandira Bedi and the entire crew on Sony. In comparison to ESPN Star's crew of Harsha Bhogle, Sunil Gavaskar, Geoff Boycott and the likes of Alan Wilkins - the crew on Sony & DD look amateurish. I wish the BCCI award the broadcast contract to STAR & make it soon (Heard news clips that BCCI is going to bring it's own BCCI TV & BCCI Radio)
Cricket, for purists - is poorer to the unreasonable demands of the fans as well as the irksome commentary on offer. Glad, the series is over.