Great commentators often add a feel to any cricket match. While not all parts of the country can currently accommodate fans within the stadium, an excellent commentary panel and the proper use of words and phrases at the right time is a treat to any fan watching from afar, even if the spectators are absent. It’s when a player or a team accomplishes something stunning is when great commentary is missed the most.
But not all commentators can be unbiased and grab the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. With the growing use of social media, several renowned cricket experts come under the limelight for making such controversial or debatable comments or by saying something wrong on air. As a result, they invite plenty of haters for them, who take a jibe at them every time they get the opportunity.
We take a look at the five most hated cricket commentators of all time:
Former Sri Lankan middle-order batsman and all-rounder Russell Arnold was a handy cricketer, playing from 1997 to 2007. Russell Arnold featured in 44 Tests, one T20I, and 180 ODIs, the last of which came in the 2007 World Cup final against Australia. After retiring, Arnold took up commentator and has become a reasonably renowned one too.
But the 47-year old was in the news for all the wrong reasons during India’s tour of England in 2018 when he took a jibe at the tourists’ performance. With the fourth Test in Southampton ending in four days with India losing by 60 runs, Arnold tweeted, “Test matches are still 5 days aren’t they ??? #justasking.” It predictably did not go down well with the Indian fans as they reminded him of Sri Lanka’s poor performances in recent times and their world rankings.