Commentators are often known to spice up the game with catchy words. They make even the boring match look interesting by reacting to the moments in the best possible way. When a batsman scores a six or when a bowler takes a wicket, they come up with plethora of adjectives and superlatives to describe the moment.
The TV viewers absolutely love the way commentators describe or react to the moments of the game. The likes of Harsha Bhogle, Sunil Gavaskar have a separate fan base in India as they made a mark for themselves as established commentators.
Case in point, the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy series between Australia and India is currently level at 1-1. Australia and India had their fair share of moments in the first two Test matches. The hosts won the Adelaide Test by 8 wickets while the visitors won the Melbourne Test by 8 wickets.
Meanwhile, the on-air commentators have been doing their best to keep the fans engaged to the third Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Many commentators have been assigned to perform roles in respective sports channels. They have been taking turns to perform their duties.
Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar, Damien Fleming, Simon Katich, Michael Slater and Trent Copeland are the Channel 7 commentators. On the other hand, Allan Border, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Michael Hussey, Isa Guha, Mark Howard and Kerry O’Keefe are Fox Sports commentators.
Talking about the BBC Test Match Special commentators, they are none other than Ian Chappell, Sunil Gavaskar, Dirk Nannes, Jim Maxwell, Alison Mitchell, Andrew Moore, Brett Sprigg and Kristen Beams.
During the third Test, a funny moment was caught on the air in the commentary panel. Australian commentator James Brayshaw mistakenly introduced Sunil Gavaskar as Sachin Tendulkar alongside another Aussie commentator Damien Fleming.
The unexpected moment saw a quick apology from the Aussie commentator. His apology comes after India’s batting maestro Gavaskar expressed he was quite shocked for being referred to as Sachin Tendulkar.
Brayshaw: “Sachin Tendulkar, welcome, and also Damien Fleming.” Fleming: “Sachin Tendulkar’s in the commentary box?” Brayshaw: “We were just talking.” Fleming: “[This is] the great man, the little master.”
Brayshaw: “My apologies Sunil, we were just talking about him a second ago.” Gavaskar: “I am flattered, I am flattered to be called Sachin Tendulkar.” Brayshaw: “We were just talking about him a second ago.” This was how the conversation went inside the commentary panel.
Australia and India battle it out
Australia set up a target of 407 for visitors. In reply, India constructed a 71-run stand for the opening wicket in the form of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Gill departed after making 31 whereas Rohit departed after scoring 52, which is his first fifty as an opener in the overseas Test.
India resumed play with 98/2 on judgement day. Nathan Lyon got rid of stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane early on. However, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are slowly taking the game away from the hosts. The duo added a century-plus stand for the fourth wicket.