It’s that time of the year when the frenzy among cricket fans reaches a whole new level. Cricketing world’s biggest T20 carnival, Indian Premier League (IPL), is all set to be flagged off on Friday, and there’s an added dimension to it this year. While it is a known fact that the matches this year will be broadcast on Star Network, another excitable feature is that the regional commentary (Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Bangla, Kannada) is deemed to pep up the local flavours.
In September, Star Sports had bagged the broadcasting rights up to 2022 for a whopping Rs 16,347.5 crore. While marquee commentators such as Harsha Bhogle, Sunil Gavaskar, Danny Morrison, Ian Bishop, Sanjay Manjrekar and others will once again thrill the audiences with their superlative commentary in English, the list of Telugu commentators too consists of recognised names, including the likes of former Indian cricketers Venkatapathi Raju and Venugopal Rao.
Here’s the list of the Telugu commentators for IPL 2018:
Telugu commentators: Venkatapathi Raju, Venugopal Rao, Kalyan Krishna, C Venkatesh and Sudheer Mahavadi.
Tollywood actor Jr NTR is the brand ambassador for Telugu IPL and the unit even released a promo where the ‘Jai Lava Kusa’ star is seen telling why watching IPL in Telugu is special.
Cricketers Ashok Dinda, Hemang Badani, Abhinav Mukund, and Gundappa Viswanathamong others will also be donning the avatars of commentators for their respective languages.
English commentators: Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Pommie Mbangwa, Sanjay Manjrekar, Murali Karthik, Danny Morrison, Michael Vaughan, Graeme Smith, David Lloyd, Ian Bishop, Lisa Sthalekar, Isa Guha, Michael Slater, Matthew Hayden, Sunil Gavaskar, Mel Jones, Nasser Hussain, Michael Clarke, Kevin Pieterson and Rohan Gavaskar.
Hindi commentators: Aakash Chopra, Vivek Razdan, Nikhil Chopra, VVS Laxman, Jatin Sapru, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Murali Karthik, Mohammad Kaif, RP Singh, Abhishek Nayar, Rajat Bhatia, Irfan Pathan and Pragyan Ojha.
Bangla commentators: Ashok Dinda, Ranadeb Ranjit Bose, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Sourav Ganguly, P. Roy, Saradindu Mukherjee and G. Bhattacharya.
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