Cricket Godfather Talks Podcasting

Sunil “Sunny” Gavaskar is a living legend, someone whose preeminence is equal to the likes of Reggie Jackson amongst those who play with flat bat. The man who set many records on the cricket oval, has become a well read columnist, as precise with his pen as he was with his square cut. He has recently turned his attention to podcasting, and has found that while it is easy to speak, it is hard to speak concisely.

Sunny started podcasting at Yahoo! India and in his usual articulate and engaging way he talked about the experience, at Blogcamp. (His podcasts are here.) Even though he is successful television commentator, often doing live broadcasts, he articulated the challenges of podcasting.

Television commentators get a lot of help from producers in preparing what to say, he said. For instance a producer alerts a commentator that they are soon going to run a visual of, say, Glenn McGrath running up to bowl, and so the commentator knows that he/she has to say something about the fearsome paceman’s run-up. “But in podcasting, things are different. I don’t have anyone or any events to feed off of,”,” Sunny said to a rapt audience, most if not all cricket fans.

Sunny added that he also found it tough compressing almost six hours of cricket into a six-minute summary. “The disadvantage is …I might miss out the cameos. I’ll list the double hundreds but I’ll miss the bowler taking one crucial wicket.” He said that in podcasting, it might be a good idea to have someone who can come back to him and say, “Sunil – what do you think of that?”

That said, the easiest thing he found is that he could finish off a podcast and not worry about the consequences. “In television sometimes viewers come back to you in some way or the other.” So what next?

He hinted at starting a blog, and it could be a good enough. Especially if he writes things like, “I find the game boring.” We are sure he was kidding or maybe he just wants to get down and play the game or just that he has never been a good watcher of the game!


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