Cricket commentaries over radio

Cricket commentaries above radio

My affinity for the game of cricket developed in my preliminary youth when one particular fine morning I began hopping and yelling with the seniors celebrating the event of Pakistan’s initial ever win against England in a Test match at Lords. My journey as a cricketer started out from that level forward. In our time, we played a significant measure of cricket at colleges and our neighborhood cricket club ground. In any situation, the cricket used to be played in the winter months then and we could scarcely play cricket more than a couple of months each yr.
I turned into a fervent audience of radio commentaries and editorials on cricket in the mid-50s. My father who worked in the Public Relations Department brought a large wooden radio set for our household. “Telefunken’ was the title of the radio set and it was a Japanese merchandise. A moist battery was used to energy the radio. Nonetheless, it was a important good set with such a variety of bands containing the two medium and short waves channels. So I was a blessed little one who had a chance to listen to the radio editorials of the cricket matches played anyplace on the planet.
Truly those had been great days for enjoying cricket by listening to the commentaries on radio. Probably we the cricket lovers had the energy to visualize the game by using our ears and the mind’s eyes. Listening to Radio Australia meant waking up at 2.30 in the morning. We would venture to listen to the commentary from the extremely initial ball. Progressively the radio signals began to fade as the day progressed and we would frantically search for an substitute frequency, cursing our fate. Apart from listening to the ball-by-ball commentary, we would also adore to hear the anecdotes, resumes, the jokes and repertories delivered by individuals excellent commentators for the duration of rain-interrupted matches.

The wonderful radio commentators are steeped in painting a image or setting a scene and use far far more descriptive words than their Tv counterparts.
I became acquainted with the voices and names of popular cricket commentators step by stage. The BBC had a battery of great commentators like Brian Johnston, John Arlott, Henry Blofeld, Chris Martin-Jenkins, Trevor Bailey, Fred Truman.

For Radio Australia there were veterans like Alan McGilvray, Lindsay Hassett, Keith Stackpole, Bill Lawry, Richie Benaud and so on. I also loved the commentaries of two Pakistani cricket commentators like Omar Qureshi and Jamshed Marker in the early sixties. Tony Cozier was also a great commentator from the West Indies.

All India Radio (AIR) which commenced its dwell cricket broadcast in 1940 had a host of gifted cricket commentators like Berry Sarbadhikari, Pearson Surita, Dev Raj Puri, Dickey Rutnagar and then Vijay Merchant and Farokh Engineer. Some Hindi commentators like Ravi Chaturvedi, Joga Rao, Sushil Doshi etc. took the game of cricket to the hinterlands, though a lot of of the Hindi commentators had no cricketing background. Nonetheless AIR played an instrumental position in taking the game to the urban elites by way of English commentaries, Hindi to each and every home of the sub-continent and regional language to the kitchens.
All these commentators would share their information and encounter to the cricket fans in these early days of cricket broadcasting. They had been all as well-known as the cricketers of individuals days. It was cricket-schooling to all individuals who listened to them. I have to acknowledge that I realized about the area position, names of different cricketing shots and bowling strategies just by listening to the commentators.

In the 50s and 60s, I would look forward to a match to be played at the Eden Backyard, Kolkata because then I would be able to listen to cricket commentaries in my personal mom tongue, Bangla. The Bengali cricket lovers have been almost hooked to Akashvani Kolkata to listen to the doyen of Bengali sports commentary of Ajay Bose, who enchanted the millions of radio listeners for decades with his golden voice and rich diction,
I can vividly recall the mellow sunny mornings in December or January with a Test match being played in the dew covered green grassy turf of Eden Gardens and listening to the reside Bangla commentary above the radio. The captivating voices of the cricket commentators gave me a flight of imagination which produced me feel as although I had been sitting in the gallery of the Eden Gardens and viewing the cricket reside. The Bangla commentators were idols in my childhood but however, I missed them as I grew old. Even now I browse the sites to get data about those voice legends but hardly locate anything at all well worth mentioning. Kamal Bhattacharya, Puspen Sarkar, and Premangshu Chatterjee have been the brilliant trios who brought cricket into the sanctuary of our residences with their lively description in a lucid language and informal tone. Kamal Bhattacharya was the senior-most maestro amid the 3 Bangla Cricket commentators. He was affectionately named ‘kamal – da’ by every single cricket lover of Bengal.

Nonetheless, a septuagenarian of this portion of the planet might hear those clipped dictions of Kamal Da ringing in his ears “Alto kore duti fielder er majhkhane ball thele diye jayga bodol kore nilen batsman ra” – Nudging the ball in between the two fielders the two batsmen amble across for a single. So people were the unforgettable occasions. None can surpass the eloquence, matter-of-truth type, wits and humor, factual comments of the commentators like Henry Blofeld, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, and Kamal Bhattacharya. Radio reigns supreme, doesn’t it?

The author recollects his knowledge of becoming a listener of cricket coverage on radio in the 50’s and 60s.

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