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Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators

A commentator is the one who provides us the running commentary of a sport event in real-time by live broadcast with media houses. The sports commentators are regarded as the backbone of any sports event. They maintain the thrill in the minds of sports fans with their voice generally in historical present tense. There are many famous cricketers who played as commentators after their retirement and choose to be sports journalists as their second career. Also there are many commentators in the field of cricket, like Harsha Bhogle, who never played cricket actively in their life, but still they have proven themselves as one of the most successful cricket commentators.

Many recently retired cricket figures like Sourav Ganguly, Adam Gilchrist and Waqar Younis are also working as guest commentators and match summarizers for multiple sports channels. After retirement from cricket, the job of commentary has proven itself as one of the best choices for the cricketers.

10 Cricketers Who Became Commentators:

Sporty Ghost has enlisted 10 cricketers who became commentators after retirement. Your constructive comments are well expected regarding the list.

1. Geoffrey Boycott

Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators, Geoffrey Boycott
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English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott was one of the most successful opening batsmen for England. In his 108 international Test matches, he made 8114 runs with 47.72 batting average. Boycott also made 1082 ODI runs in 36 matches at the average of 36.06. He also made his career at Yorkshire County from 1962-1986. Besides playing cricket, he worked as a sports commentator for Sky Sports from 1990-1998 and at BBC from 1998-2003.

Then, from 2004-05 season, he was grabbed by the Channel 4 of England. Boycott stepped into channel 5 in 2006 which he is continuing till date. Geoffrey Boycott’s appearance as a guest of BBC Test Match special from 2005 was a remarkable one.

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2. Ian Bishop

Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators, Ian Bishop
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Ian Bishop is a former West Indian cricketer. He played for the team as a powerful fast bowler from 1989-1998. In his 43 test matches, he picked up total 161 wickets with an incredible 24.27 bowling average. In ODI career, he played 84 matches, took 118 wickets at 26.50 bowling average. Beside West Indies, he also played for Trinidad and Tobago from 1986-2000. After retiring from International cricket, Ian Bishop appeared as a sports commentator of Channel 4 air in England from 2000-2004.

The next year, he moved to Sky Sports which he has been continuing till now. From 2007-2009, he also appeared in Channel 5 of England. Besides English channels, Ian Bishop also played as commentator at South Africa’s SABC Television from 2005-2008.

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3. Jonathan Agnew

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Jonathan Agnew is a former English cricketer and he appeared in three test matches for England National team and took four wickets. He made three appearances in ODI matches and picked up three wickets. He also played county cricket for Leicestershire from 1979-1992. During this long period, he bagged a total 666 wickets in 218 matches.

From 1990-1991, he worked as a cricket journalist for The People. He appeared as a guest commentator in BBC from 1991 till date. For BBC, Agnew worked as a cricket commentator in two spells, the one in 1999 and other one in 2006-2009.

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4. Mike Atherton

Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators, Mike Atherton
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Mike Atherton is a retired English cricketer, who was a right-handed opening batsman for England. In his Test match career, he played 115 tests and scored 7,728 runs at 37.69 batting average. He played 54 ODI matches and made 1,791 runs at 35.11 average. From 1987-2001, Mike Atherton played county cricket for Lancashire and made a brief debut for MCC from 1987-1990.

He started as a cricket journalist in Sunday Telegraph in England from 2002 to 2005. From 2004-2005, he also worked for TalkSPORT. Atherton is currently working with the Sky Sports aired in England since 2005.

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5. Navjot Singh Sidhu

Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators, Navjot Singh Sidhu
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He is a former Indian cricketer and currently he is the Member of Parliament from Amritsar. He played for Indian National team from 1983-1999. Sidhu appeared in 51 Tests and made 3,202 runs with a batting average of 42.13. He also made 4,413 runs in 136 ODI matches at 37.08 batting average. In his first-class career, Navjot Singh Sidhu played for Punjab from 1981-2000.

He started he commentary career with ESPN Star Sports aired in India in 1999 till 2003. Then he moved to Ten Sports in UAE in 2009. In 2010, he stepped into Indian sports channel Times and still working with them.

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6. Dominic Cork

Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators, Dominic Cork
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Dominic Cork was a part of England National side from 1995-2002. He was a right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler. Dominic Cork picked up 131 wickets in 37 test matches. His test match bowling average was 29.81. In his ODI career, he played 32 matches and took 41 wickets at 27.43 bowling average. In his county cricket career, he appeared for Staffordshire in 1989-90 season and for Derbyshire from 1990-2003. He stepped into Pakistan Television Corporation as a cricket commentator in 2009. He continued there till date.

Dominic Cork played his role as a guest commentator for Test match special of BBC aired in England from 2010 and still he is working with them. He also appeared as a cricket commentator for TalkSport since 2013 and for Sky Sports since 2011.

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7. Simon Hughes

Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators, Simon Hughes
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Simon Hughes is a former English Cricketer and sports journalist. He was nicknamed ‘The Analyst’. He was a fast medium bowler played for Middlesex from 1980-1991, Northern Transvaal from 1992-93 and for Durham from 1993-94. In his first-class career in cricket, Simon Hughes took 466 wickets in 205 matches with an amazing bowling average of 32.48 and also scored 1,775 runs. Besides playing cricket, Hughes worked as a full time sports journalist with multiple media houses. Initially, he worked as a full-time sports commentator and column writer for The Independent and the Daily Telegraph in England.

He then made his career as the commentator for Channel 4 aired in England from 1999-2005 and then in 2006, he moved to Channel 5. Simon Hughes also put his mark for Test Match special aired in England’s version of BBC from 2007 till date.

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8. Ian Chappell

Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators, Ian Chappell
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Ian Chappell is a former Australian cricketer who played for Australian national side since 1964-1980 as a successful top order batsman. His name was embossed at the ICC Hall of Fame on 9 July, 2009. He played 75 international test matches and scored 5,345 runs with an amazing batting average of 42.42. In his ODI career, he made 673 runs in 16 matches at 48.07 average.

Alongside his active cricketing career, Ian Chappell made his mark as a cricket commentator since 1980 with the media house named Nine Network broadcasting in Australia. Since 2007, he started working with ESPN star sports aired in India. Although, being a regular commentator, he also appeared as a guest commentator for Channel 5 in 2009 season of cricket.

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9. E.W. Swanton

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He is a former English cricketer, a sports journalist and an author. Swanton played three matches for Middlesex in 1937-38 season and was able to make only 7 runs on board. He was more successful as a sports journalist than a cricketer in his career. He was easily recognized by his distinctive “fruity” voice. Many famous books on cricket was written by him. Among them, Elusive Victory, Cricket and the Clock Follow on etc are the remarkable ones.

In his career as a cricket commentator, he worked for BBC aired in England and worked as a Test Match special commentator from 1938-1975. He also covered various international cricket matches for BBC during 1948-1967. He was a regular writer in the Daily Telegraph in England from 1946-1975 period.

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10. Mark Nicholas

Top 10 Famous Cricketers Who Became Commentators, Mark Nicholas
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Former English first-class cricketer Mark Nicholas was a right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler. He played county cricket for Hampshire from 1978-1995. Nick was able to score 18,262 runs in 377 first class test matches with 34.39 batting average. He also took 72 wickets. In first class one day matches, he played 359 matches and scored 7,334 runs at 27.78 average.

He started his sports journalism in the Daily Telegraph published in England. He also started his career as a sports commentator in Sky Sports from 1996-1998 and then he stepped into Channel 4 in 1999. He worked there till 2005. He made a guest appearance in Nine Network aired in Australia since 2001 and Channel 5 in England since 2006.

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There are many other cricketers who proved themselves as a reputed cricket commentator. Among them Sri Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold and Aravinda De Silva, Pakistani legendary pacer Wasim Akram, Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are remarkable. Many more cricketers will be hopefully coming in this field of cricket commentary as it has proven itself as one of the beat platforms for the cricketers after retirement.

Conclusion:

World famous cricketers such as the legendary Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri, The Pakistani Sultan of Swing Wasim Akram and former English Test captain Tony Greig, all have been regarded as the very best commentators of the cricket world.

They are often considered as the pioneers for the cricket commentary as the world of cricket stands still when they put the mouthpiece close in the media boxes. We are giving them a true honor as we grew listening to them commentating matches since our very childhood.

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Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time

An all-rounder is a cricketer who performs at both batting and bowling side of the team. In recent era of cricket, all-rounders play a vital role behind the success of a team. In the history of cricket, there have been a few cricketers with all round performances whose have been gifted enough to be considered weapons with both the bat and ball. Only a handful of cricketers can claim to be included in this exclusive group of all-rounders, while only a sprinkling of these will go down in the history books as being all-time greatest all-rounders in cricket.

But still the true all-rounder is a player who is equally adept with both the ball and bat and possesses the ability to make a team as either a batter or a bowler.

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Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket:

It is these remarkable cricketers that go down as being truly memorable, truly great. Today, Sporty Ghost tries to capture the top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

10. Andrew Flintoff, England

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Andrew Flintoff
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Our list begins with England’s hero of 2000s, Andrew Flintoff. He is better known as “Freddy Flintoff”. Also he is well known for his heroic performance in 2005 Ashes series. England side won that Ashes series for the first time since the 1986/87 season, defeating the Australians who entered as the best of the world.

Flintoff is capable of bowling in excess of 140 km/h. He picked up 226 wickets with an bowling average of 32.78.

Also, he was a hard hitter to the ball who was capable of some decent performances. With the batting average of 31.07, he had five centuries and 26 half centuries in his career.

These statistical data don’t show Flintoff’s contribution to the England team. You can simply look at his influence in England’s Ashes winning team of 2005 and 2009.

With his amazing bat and ball performances, Flintoff is well enough to secure to secure his spot in the list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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9. Tony Greig, England

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Tony Greig, the person is known to the young readers as a South African-born English commentator who works with Channel Nine commentary team. Greig’s fame as a cricket commentator has perhaps eclipsed that of his glorious playing days.

Tony Greig was a fine all-rounder for England. During 1970s, he played 58 test matches and scored a stunning eight centuries and 20 fifties. With his 40.43 batting average, he tended to be known more as a batting all-rounder in the English side.

As a bowler, he was capable to bowl both medium pace and right arm off break, taking 141 wickets at a bowling average of 32.20. There are very few players who can boast having this ability to bowl two styles at Test-match level.

His amazing cricket career lasted only for 5 years, from 1972-1977. If he played much longer, we could see him high up in this list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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8. Kapil Dev, India

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Kapil Dev
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Kapil Dev is India’s greatest all-rounder ever. With his incredible fast bowling, he appeared to be the first of the great in 1980s.

Kapil had a 16-year prolific test career, in which period he gained a reputation as a hard hitting batsman and a consistent fast bowler for India. He became the second bowler in cricket history to take 400 wickets, surpassing Richard Hadlee’s record in his final test match, finishing with 434 wickets at a 29.64 bowling average.

The average may look high in comparison to some of the other all-rounders, but it should be kept in mind that Kapil dev played a lot at his home in India where wickets were far more friendly to the spinners and batsmen. That kind of pitch always tend to hinder rather than help the pace bowlers.

With bat, Kapil scored eight centuries and 27 half-centuries at 31.05 batting average. He is best remembered for his ODI innings. At 1983 ICC World Cup, his remarkable 175* innings against Zimbabwe, where after a terrible start, Kapil emerged as a savior for India.

India would go on to win the title over the two-time defending champion West Indies, where Kapil Dev played as a key figure for the Indians.

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7. Shaun Pollock, South Africa

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Shaun Pollock
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Some of you may be surprised to see Shaun Pollock at No. 7 spot in our list of top 10 greatest all-rounders. However, Shaun Pollock has a fine record that can’t be ignored at all.

He is one of the great South African cricketers. Pollock was one of the most consistent bowlers in his time and he was also capable of chipping in with the bat.

As a right-arm medium pace bowler, Pollock took 421 wickets at 23.11 bowling average which was very economical and generally hard to score runs off.

As a right-handed batsman, he was well known for his solid batting performance rather than scoring big knocks. This is shown by having only two centuries in his name. Still he has a batting average of 32.31, which is quite similar to that of Andrew Flintoff or Kapil Dev in this list.

Shaun Pollock finished his international career in 2008, and undoubtedly he will be remembered as one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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6. Ian Botham, England

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Ian Botham
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Ian Botham is a great English batsman of the 1980s. He appeared to be the key figure in the revival of cricket’s sleeping lion.

Ian Botham is best remembered for his heroic performance in the Ashes series in 1981. In that series, he was the difference between England and Australia that the series was better known as ‘Botham’s Ashes’. England bet Australia by 3-1, in that Ashes.

Ian Botham was capable to build big innings with his bat. At a batting average of 33.54, he scored 14 centuries and 22 half-centuries.

As a bowler, he picked up a total 383 wickets at a bowling average of 28.40. The stat doesn’t show a the real Botham, as before injuries hampered his career, he averaged closer to 21.

Ian Botham falls to No 6 in the list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time, although he is one of the greatest.

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5. Richard Hadlee, New Zealand

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Richard Hadlee
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Richard Hadlee is one of New Zealand’s greatest cricketers by quite a long stretch. He was often the difference between New Zealand being a pushover for the team.

Hadlee was best remembered as a bowler, taking what was then a world record of 431 wickets at 22.29 bowling average. At the beginning of his career, he was an opening fast bowler, but as he matured, he shortened his run-up and concentrated more on swinging the ball.

His best performance came against Australia when he took 9 wickets for 52 runs.

On the other hand, he was a handy lower order batsman for New Zealand with a reasonable average of 27.16 and two centuries and 15 half centuries. The stat tells us, he was not only a prolific bowler but a capable batsman too. He was able to provide crucial runs nearer to the end of an innings.

Graham Gooch commented on Hadlee’s ability in perspective,

” Richard Hadlee at one end, llford seconds at the other”

And a very few other cricketers can claim to have been noticed in their team’s outcome and it justified Richard Hadlee’s place in the list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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4. Keith Miller, Australia

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Keith Miller
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Keith Miller was the great Australian all-rounder of the post-war era. He was considered as the Test cricket’s first true all-round cricketer.

As a batsman, he often batted high in the batting order at number three spot. He was considered to be a natural striker to the ball as well as a powerful hitter.

As a bowler, he was best known for his technique to confuse the batsmen by varying his pace, line and length in bowling. He used to make a full use of slower deliveries and bowled his fastest from a short run-up which were well enough to confuse the batsmen.

Miller was also an acrobatic fielder in the slips. His performance as an all-rounder led to enormous success for Australia.

In his short ten-year cricketing career, Keith Miller had scored 2958 runs and bagged 170 wickets. He is indeed one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time.

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3. Imran Khan, Pakistan

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Imran Khan
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The No 3 position in our list of top 10 greatest all-rounders in cricket of all-time goes to former Pakistani captain and a prolific all-rounder Imran Khan. He is undoubtedly the greatest cricketer for Pakistan team. This right handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler was considered as the most successful captain in the history of Pakistan cricket.

Imran Khan was best remembered as a captain of world cup winning team in 1992. As a fast bowler, he took 362 test wickets at 22.81 average. He was a genuine quick bowler who opened the Pakistani bowling for many years.

Imran finished his test career with six centuries and 18 fifties at 37.69 batting average. He became one of the eights to achieve the ‘all-rounders triple’ with 3000 runs and 300 wickets.

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2. Jacques Kallis, South Africa

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Jacques Kallis
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In the modern era of cricket, he is undoubtedly the greatest all-rounder in world cricket. As a right-handed batsman, with an incredible average of 57.02 and 41 centuries and 55 half-centuries, Jacques Kallis was the vital weapon for Proteas over the years.

His incredible batting average is the highest of any current batsman, like Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam, Ricky Ponting. Unlike any other all-rounder, Kallis always brought a very classical approach in his batting style and known for playing controlled cricketing shorts all over the ground.

As a fast-medium bowler, Kallis has taken a total 274 wickets at 32.51 average. The rate may not as high as his batting performance, it is still impressive. Kallis would be good enough to make many sides as a full-time medium pace bowler. He is rated as the No 2 in our list of top 10 greatest all-rounders of all-time.

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1. Sir Garfield Sobers, West Indies

Top 10 Greatest All-Rounders in Cricket of all-time, Sir Garfield Sobers
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He is the greatest all-round cricketer in West Indies history. He appeared to be a grave threat for the opponents with both bat and ball. He was an amazing fielder and captain of the West Indies side. Yes, he is the No 1 in our list, Sir Garfield Sobers.

He was a spin bowler, when he was picked first time for West Indies. As a bowler, he took 235 wickets at 34.03 bowling average. In addition, his impressive batting average of 57.78 is the 10th best on the all-time list and he is compared with any professional batsman in the history of cricket, with the exception of great Sir Donald Bradman.

In his batting career, Garry Sobers scored 26 centuries and 30 half-centuries, but who could forget his 365 not out innings against Pakistan in 1958! It was a world record at that time which stayed untouched till 1994 and broken by another great West Indian Brian Lara. The score still ranks as the 5th highest individual test score in cricket history.

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