IPL 2017: Pietersen, Clarke, Sthalekar headline an elite panel of commentators

As many as 20 commentators will be travelling across the country to lend their perspective on the game over the course of 47 days across 10 different venues.

“It’s always great to be in India and playing in or commentating on all of the explosive action that personifies the IPL. Coming back this time as a commentator is going to be an experience I will cherish for a long time,” said Pietersen.   -  Getty Images

A panel of elite commentators will be behind the microphone in the 2017 edition of the VIVO IPL bringing to life the colour and flavour of the tournament. As many as 20 commentators will be travelling across the country to lend their perspective on the game over the course of 47 days across 10 different venues. A few additions to the list along with a blend of veterans are bound to give the cricket loving fan a fine view point of the game from the technical and entertainment aspect.

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Sanjay Manjrekar, who has been quite the IPL veteran is excited about the grand 10th edition of the VIVO IPL. “It doesn’t get any bigger and better than this,” he said. “I have always loved this tournament and this year it is going to be no different with the IPL getting into its 10th year. One can expect a lot of surprises and some adrenaline pumping action on the field. Can’t wait to set the ball rolling.”

Michael Clarke who was a part of the commentary panel in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar series was looking forward to an enjoyable IPL journey. “I have been a part of this tournament as a player and this year I am eager to get behind the microphone and have some fun. Love this place, love the tournament and it is great to be a part of this commentary team.”

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“It was a great initiative by the BCCI in 2015 to include women cricketers into the commentary panel,” Lisa Sthalekar, former Australia captain said. “I had a great time discussing the game with Anjum Chopra, Isa Guha, Melanie Jones and the rest of the commentators and I expect this year’s stint with the IPL to be even better.”

Kevin Pietersen, on once again joining the IPL bandwagon, said: “It’s always great to be in India and playing in or commentating on all of the explosive action that personifies the IPL. Coming back this time as a commentator is going to be an experience I will cherish for a long time. I always look forward to this tournament, but in my new role as commentator, I’m looking forward to it even more. I am sure my fellow commentators and I are going to have an absolute blast, calling all the action LIVE as it unfolds to the hundreds of millions of IPL fans.”

Harsha Bhogle has not been named in the list of 20 commentators released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The 55-year-old has spent nearly a year away from the commentary box after he had a stand-off with the erstwhile BCCI administration which all began apparently with his criticism of the Indian cricket team’s performance last year. Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, without taking names, had taken a shot at Bhogle on his Twitter handle while Bhogle’s comments also were not well received by former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and other team officials.

The episode resulted with him being excluded from the last season of the IPL.