File photo of Graeme Smith.©AFP
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who is now an IPL expert at JioCinema, has been mesmerized by the Bhojpuri commentary that has taken fans by storm over the last six weeks of the tournament. The former left-handed lead-off batsman, who was named South Africa’s youngest-ever captain at the age of 22 and held the position of Test skipper until his retirement in 2014, says he has become a big fan of the word Bhojpuri. Speaking about why he thinks the streaming platform’s 12-language commentary feeds, especially Bhojpuri and Punjabi, have become such big hits, Smith exclaimed, “I love the word Bhojpuri. I love it. I think I will often to use.”
“I was actually chatting with Anil Kumble last night; I think it’s just the ability to connect with people on a level that feels like home. It’s their language so they can relate to it; it makes sense to them, and the same with Punjabi “You’re now creating content that directly engages the fans. They love cricket on the pitch, but the information they receive around it is something they can relate to,” added the South African great.
Smith wants Virat Kohli to use different scoring options, such as the sweep shot against spinners after power play, after the Indian batsman’s “taking the game deep” approach has drawn some criticism. Kohli has scored over 400 runs opening the innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore in this IPL with a strike rate of over 130, but has failed to force the pace of scoring in the middle overs.
(with PTI inputs)
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