Former India cricketer Suresh Raina will make his commentary debut in the upcoming 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022). This comes after the left-handed batter, often called ‘Mr.IPL’, went unsold in the IPL 2022 mega auction.
Raina said that he is really excited to do commentary for the first time after he was confirmed by the official broadcasters of the Indian Premier League, Star Sports as one of the commentators on the panel for the IPL 2022. He is expected to commentate in English. He asserted that he will use his experience of playing cricket while on the mic.
Speaking during an interaction organized by Star Sports, Raina said about his new role:
“I will enjoy it. I have played for so long, so I know what to talk and where. I feel it will be really exciting. It’s a new role so I will try to entertain the audience and enjoy the experience. Playing in front of a crowd, I am used to it now because playing for country or any IPL team, it was my first love. Doing commentary is something I still need to learn. It will be difficult.”
However, Raina will not be the only former Indian cricketer on the commentary panel for the IPL 2022. He will have the likes of Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, and possibly Piyush Chawla joining the panel.
Raina said: “Irfan (Pathan) especially, whenever we used to play IPL, we used to talk a lot. Bhajju pa (Harbhajan Singh) was also there in the team, Piyush Chawla is also coming on board. He has played a lot of IPL. I am sure it will be a lot of fun.”
Suresh Raina, who was released by the CSK franchise ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction, had registered his name in the highest price bracket of ₹2 crores but found no takers at the event.
It’s Good To Be Back: Ravi Shastri On Making His Commentary Comeback
The IPL 2022 edition will also mark the return of Ravi Shastri to the commentary box. The former Indian coach was away from the mic for a few years as he was handling the Indian cricket team, but said that he was hella excited to come back behind the microphone.
Shastri said: “It’s good to be back. I exited from the Star Sports studio five years ago during a Test match between India and England and now I come back in 2022. (I am) excited like hell. Ready to kick some serious… whatever.”
Shastri is expected to commentate in Hindi, something he has not done before, while Raina might join the English commentary team.