Commentators in IPL 2020
What the match is when there are no commentators along with the sporting event. It is hardly imagined to watch each thrilling match of the tournament without a person who is a direct observer. The commentator is living the event on the field, and an excellent commentator, expressing real emotions from the gameplay and letting fans and everyone, who keeps up with the current sporting event, engage in the game and clearly understand what is happening on the board. Such a key person puts his soul into this deal, and, in this manner, he presents an exciting picture of the match to everyone who follows it.
Cricket fans are lucky to get one of those excitements thanks to an annual broadcaster that announces the list of commentators, especially when it comes to IPL season. IPL is the king in the cricket world, which involves a marvelous variety of participating teams and a great deal of avid and supporting fans. Every IPL season is expected to be more entertaining and spectacular, making it the sports league number one in the world for its fans’ engagement and professional performance.
The worldwide case of coronavirus pandemic has affected every sphere of human life, including the sports industry. Thus, the world had to continue its existence and activity, looking at the face of fear, keeping faith in the best times, and strengthening itself in order to move ahead. It concerns IPL tournamnet as well. Since the beginning of 2020, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL Governing Council (GC) have solved serious issues. Mostly they are related to the performance of the IPL season, the safety of IPL players, and scheduling the whole IPL tournament by analyzing the situation within the country where each IPL season usually took place.
The 2020 year was quite difficult and intensive as the Covid-19 came to every country and almost to every home also in India. Rigorous restrictions and lockdown were established to avoid an increase of infected people by a coronavirus. Covid-19 cases were found out among cricket players’ families and relatives that could stop them from doing what they have been doing so far, on the one hand. But on the other hand, the officials and players had to keep on working to live and maintain the sporting morale in fans’ hearts by overthinking other ways and methods to partake in the upcoming 13th season of IPL. The first half of 2020 was extremely hard and stressful but the world could pick all strength up and go forward with new goals and well-considered approaches on how to survive in such awful conditions and to bring light and support to others. Such a thrill IPL brings to millions of people who are seasoned fans and followers across the planet.
Due to the globally known reason, the 13th season of IPL was postponed to autumn, the first match of which started in September. Thus, much work had to be considered and done by BCCI and IPL GC:
- undertaking the mini-auction to refresh the team squads;
- planning the IPL 2020 tournament in the UAE by considering the situation in India;
- providing bio-secure bubbles for each team to work on IPL 2020;
- in addition, offering the best experts and commentators to add flavor to matches and entice the spectators to experience the great lifted spirit and deep peace of mind!
The final list of IPL commentators 2020 was displayed and presented by the official broadcaster Star Sports across languages like Hindi, English, Tamil, and Telugu through tests and tries. Therefore, millions of fans could access their lovely cricket tournament by watching it via live streaming platforms and listening to the IPL energetic commentators in the language they could comprehend.
English commentators for IPL 2020
Among English commentators, there were 19 representatives to spice up the excitement of each match. They were nil Gavaskar, Ian Bishop, Murali Kartik, Harsha Bhogle, Darren Ganga, Rohan Gavaskar, Danny Morrison, Anjum Chopra, Deep Dasgupta, JP Duminy, Kumar Sangakkara, Pommie Mbangwa, and Mark Nicholas.
JP Duminy is a former cricketer from South Africa who tried himself on the world feed as an IPL commentator for the first time in the 13th season.
Hindi commentators for IPL 2020
IPL without Hindi commentators is equal to fans’ death! Cricket is a religion for Indians, and they are fanatic about this kind of sport. Thus, the best experts were selected to keep the thrill of the tournament in Hindi: Nikhil Chopra, Ajit Agarkar, Sandeep Patil, Aakash Chopra, Kiran More, Gautam Gambhir, Sanjay Bangar, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, and Jatin Sapru.
Telugu commentators for IPL 2020
Other big names were included in the Telugu panel of commentators as Venugopalarao Yalaka, Kalyan Krishna Doddapaneni, Ashish Reddy Ammana, M Anand Sri Krishna, MSK Prasad, Venkatapathi Raju, Neha Matcha, and Kaushik Nallan Chakravarthy.
Tamil commentators for IPL 2020
The team of commentators in the Tamil language was also created for respective fans of IPL 2020: Hemang Badani, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Abhinav Mukund, S Badrinath, Bhavna Balakrishnan, RJ Balaji, S Ramesh, Muthuraman R, K V Sathyanarayanan, and Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan.
Furthermore, there were other presenters across feeds who also favored the cricket followers by their presence and brilliant commentatory experience. The 14th season of IPL, which started on April 9, 2021, is supposed to be accompanied by excellent language panels of commentators as well. Moreover, the official broadcaster announced feeds in additional languages like Kannada, Bengali, Marathi, and Malayalam to reach the target audience.