5 most memorable Cricket commentary moments

Cricket is not only a sport, it’s life for some fans. Commentary in cricket has played a crucial part in entertaining television crowds. Here are the most memorable Cricket commentary moments

Soumyadeep Sarkar
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Cricket is not only a sport, it’s life for some fans. Cricket gives us so many nail biting-chases, joyful moments and unforgettable memories. Some fans go to the stadium and some are comfortable watching cricket on TV.  Especially, for those fans commentary in cricket has played a crucial part in entertaining television crowds. Even we can't imagine cricket without commentators. Over the years there have been lots of legendary cricket commentators who raised the bar high for cricketing fraternities.

Here are the most memorable moments of cricket commentary.

5. Ian Botham - Ashes 2005, 2nd Test, Birmingham

Ian Botham

That match is considered one of the greatest Test matches of all time in Test history. England scored 407 in the first innings. Despite Langer’s fighting 82  Australia all out for 308 and England took a lead of 99 runs in the first innings. Australia made a strong comeback and all-out England at 182. Australia need 281 runs to win. At the end of the day, England won the match by 2 runs. Michael Kasprowicz was the last batter who just fell short by 2 runs. English commentator Ian Botham was commentating at that time.

He said “It’s in the air, and it’s caught! What a victory! England have pulled it off! The crowd goes ballistic! Michael Kasprowicz can not believe it! England have won…by 2 runs! What a Test Match we’ve had!”

It became one of the iconic commentaries in cricket.

4. Ravi Shastri- India v England, 2007 ICC T20 World Cup, Durban

Ravi Shastri

That incident happened when left-handed all-rounder of India, Yuvraj Singh hit back-to-back six sixes in Stuart Broad’s over. The full Durban crowd were getting mad after the last six. Former India player and commentator Ravi Shastri said “Last ball of the over….and he is put that away, or has he? Yes into the crowd!!! six sixes in an over!!!”

Fans just loved his commentary.

3. Ian Smith - England v New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Final at Lord’s

Ian Smith

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final, was one of the nail-biting final in ODI cricket history. After batting first, New Zealand scored 241 in their first innings. England need 242 runs to win their maiden World Cup. At the end of the second innings, the match ended as a tie. In the super over, England scored 15, unfortunately, New Zealand also scored 15 and England won the World Cup final match by boundary count.

England need 9 runs in three balls. Ben Stokes hit a full toss of Trent Boult and Stokes took 2 runs, unfortunately, the fielder threw the ball and it was hit into Stokes' bat and went for four.

Kiwi commentator Ian Smith said “Goes again, can he give the strike away, this is a big moment they’ve got to run, they’re going to the other end and ohh, he gets in the way, this is gonna go all the way to the boundary off the bat! Can you believe this, it has!! I don’t believe what I have just seen!!!”

2. Tony Greig - India v Australia 2nd Test, 2001, Eden Gardens

Tony Greig

That was one of the greatest backs in Test cricket history. In 2001, India played against Australia at Eden Gardens. Australia have scored 445 in their first innings. India all out at 171. Australia enforced the follow-on. In the second innings India made a tremendous comeback and scored 657 runs in their second innings and all out Australia at 212. Finally, India won the match by 171 runs.

After Harbhajan Singh got the final wicket, legendary commentator Tony Greig said “Oh he’s padded up, oh he is given him, he is given him, umpire Bansal’s given him, that’s the end of the Test match! India have won, India have won in dramatic style! The whole of Bengal are on their feet, the series has been levelled….”

1. Ravi Shastri - India v Srilanka, 2011 ODI World Cup Final, Mumbai

 Ravi Shastri

That World Cup winning moment in 2011 was the best moment in the twenty-first century, for Indian fans. Srilanka scored 274/6 in the final. India were 31 for 2 at one time. After the loss of the third wicket skipper MS Dhoni came to the crease and smashed 91 off 78 balls. He finished the match with a last-ball six and India’s wait to win the ODI World Cup was finally over after 1983. Ravi Shastri was the commentator at that time and he said something, which no one will forget. He said ‘“Dhoni….Finishes off in style!!! A magnificent strike into the crowd, India lifts the World Cup…After 28 years, The party’s started in the dressing room, and it’s an Indian captain, who’s been magnificent, on the night of the final!!!”

That was the most iconic cricket commentary in cricket.