While cricketers are the actors on the scene, it is the commentators who paint the picture for the viewers sitting back home. It is the broadcasting team along with the commentators with the mic in hand who further glorify the experience of cricket watching. These days, there is a general trend that sees a lot of retired cricketers taking up the job of a commentator. While it is justified for someone who has played the game to share his views in the commentary box, not every player ends up being the perfect man for the job.
However, in the current Indian setup, there a few players who have an assured career in the commentary box as their second innings.
Here’s a look at 5 Indian cricketers who can don the commentator’s hat in future:
1. Ravichandran Ashwin
One of the most astute minds in the Indian Test team, Ravichandran Ashwin is one such cricketer who studies the game very closely. He thinks a lot while bowling and loves to anticipate what goes through a player’s mind. For him, there couldn’t be a better alternate career than being a commentator once he hangs up his boots as a professional cricketer. Even during the lockdown days, Ashwin has been phenomenal in hosting ex-players and a few broadcasters over his show at Instagram in ‘Reminisce with Ash’.
2. Dinesh Karthik
In the past, Dinesh Karthik has expressed his desire to take up the job of a commentator once he calls it a day on his playing career. Karthik, who loves to put people on the spot, himself has a keen understanding for the game He’s a brilliant speaker and possess normally most traits that would require him to be a good speaker behind the mic. Even some of his teammates reckon that a career in commentary awaits him Dinesh post his retirement from the game.
3. Yuzvendra Chahal
The sole host of his interview show ‘Chahal TV’, Yuzvendra Chahal is gaining experience as an interviewer during his playing days. The Indian leg-spinner, who now conducts interviews for fun, can consider commentary as a viable option after he finishes with his cricket days. Chahal loves to speak and even knows the how-tos about the game.
4. Mayank Agarwal
The Indian Test opener, Mayank Agarwal is another such player who can be categorized as a student of the game. Agarwal has plied his trade for many years in domestic cricket and has developed a great understanding of his game. He has a great voice who can decipher technique for viewers watching him don the analyst’s hat. He might even consider commentary as one of the career options post his retirement from cricket.
5. Jasprit Bumrah
The Indian pace bowler, Jasprit Bumrah comes across as one of the quietest cricketers in the team. However, Bumrah loves to go about his business, focusing on his game and making efforts to improve upon his weaknesses. At the same time, Bumrah offers great advice about the game. He loves to talk on issues involving cricket which is why he might have a bright future ahead as a commentator.