New Delhi: When Sachin Tendulkar made his highly anticipated debut as a commentator at this World Cup’s opener between England and South Africa, words ran scarce among his euphoric fans who couldn’t have asked for more.
The icing on the cake still, was the reunion of Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly, the trinity of India’s former batting line up, as they huddled together, sharing laughs in the commentary box. In that glorious moment, everyone just wanted to bask in the splendour of their words, as the cricketers took their fans down the memory lane of the epic cricket they played in the yester years.
Not for long though.
While there is no denying that there exists very few things in this world, that are close to the joy of watching Tendulkar and Sehwag open for the Indian cricket team, the same however, cannot be said about their commentary.
The fans seemed to have burst a vein during the India vs Australia match, when the tittle-tattle between Tendulkar and Sehwag became overwhelmingly self-conceited, with them completely ignoring the (THE) match at hand and talking about themselves and their cricket and their times and their…everything.
The nonchalance became unbearable when despite Shikhar Dhawan taking on the might of Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile and smashing three fours in an over, Tendulkar and Sehwag still continued to blow their own trumpet, discussing instead 'the good old days'.
Blasphemy? Some might say.
Fans, who were earlier a puddle of emotions, were now left wry of the conversations between The Greats which were better suited for a soiree taking place in the confines of their expansive houses than in the sacred commentary box and right in the middle of one of the most crucial matches for team India.
Twitter, naturally became the best space for the disappointed fans to vent, where reactions were many. Some also went as far as calling The Great ones a show-off. Take a look:
Sachin & Sehwag are discussing about everything except this match. I should switch to english commentary, i think.— Sharique 🏏 (@ShariqueAghaz) June 9, 2019
Both have retired from Cricket and both should take retirement from commentary as well— Prasad G (@PGaddapod) June 11, 2019
Place a white board in front of Sehwag and sachin, the commentary will be the same..— Writer Thakur (@IndianWriterV) June 9, 2019
If you have ever heard the match commentary in hindi, it's not match commentary, it's a place where Sachin, sehwag, sunil Gavaskar, saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman share there match experiences and showing off, "DADA ne Jo AUS Ko dhoya, ye gayi wicket, DADA ne....."— iamAnAnt (@an_ant_man) June 10, 2019
*English Commentary* Commetator 1 : It’s a beautiful shot down the ground by Rohit..C 2 : Yes, indeed nobody can play this shot better than him*Hindi Commentary* Sehwag : Sachin Paaji diaper pehen kar khelte the..Sachin : Aisa nahi he viru Hahahahaha#INDvAUS— Khaman-Dhokla and 69 others (@bittudo__) June 9, 2019
Sachin and Sehwag keep talking about their previous WCs and yeh dosti hum nahi todenge moments while the match goes on in the background.Useless gig. Sure we want to hear anecdotes from these players but it's commentary only when you relate it with what's going on in the game.— Manya (@CSKian716) May 30, 2019