Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne listed his top 10 list of favorite commentators who changed the way sports broadcasting was perceived around the world. He chose Ian Ward, the British broadcaster, as the host to accompany the team.
Commentating, especially in Test matches, is a tough job. It has to be compelling to keep the viewers interested. At the same time, they need to provide regular updates, all the while maintaining the attention of the fans.
Keeping that in mind, Aussie leg-spinner Shane Warne brought out a list that included the best commentators, right from when cricket started to gain popularity. Richie Benaud, although had a short playing career, went on to become one of the most revered and celebrated commentators. He topped the list, which also included India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri.
“Here’s my fav commentators list. The original Ch 9 team who changed sports broadcasting – not just cricket !!! Benaud, Lawry, I.Chappell, Greig, Nicholas, Shastri, Tony Lewis, Hussain, I.Smith, Holding. And the best host on the planet to compliment this team would be Ian Ward,” Warne wrote on his Twitter account.
Here’s my fav commentators list. The original Ch 9 team who changed sports broadcasting – not just cricket !!!
And the best host on the planet to compliment this team would be Ian Ward 👍
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) September 5, 2021
Ian Chappell moved on to the coaching role but couldn’t stay on for long. Shastri, on the other hand, is the current head coach of India. Under him, the team has topped the ICC Test rankings for five years in a row.
Michael Holding and Nasser Hussain are currently working for Sky Sports
Ian Smith, who commentated in the famous semifinal between New Zealand and India at the 2019 ODI World Cup, was also added. Out of the list, the most active ones are former West Indian bowler, Michael Holding, and former England captain, Nasser Hussain.
Both Holding and Hussain are commentating for Sky Sports in the ongoing 5-match Test series between England and India. The series is level at 1-1, with the fourth match currently taking place at the Oval.