Best cricket commentators of all-time: The top 10

Ian Chappell is one of the best cricket commentators of all-time due to his knowledge and experience.

Who are the greatest commentators in cricket ever?

Commentating on a game, regardless of the sport, is an art. It takes great experience, knowledge and confidence to master. The best cricket commentators of all-time have more often than not played the game to a high level and also been in the industry for decades. Their inputs add tremendous value to sports, particularly for us, as viewers. Great lines can be etched into our memories for years to come.

So, who are the top 10 ever?

10. Mike Haysman

A key figure in South African Cricket, Mike Haysman has been broadcasting for a number of years now for SuperSport and is a very experienced commentator. He is well known for his unique style of commentary, in which he changes his tone of voice rapidly.

“Oh, he’s clubbed that, that has gone miles, that’s what he likes to do Klaasen.” is just one of his many commentary lines.

9. Ian Smith

A fantastic voice of the game, perhaps best known for letting his emotions overflow in the 2019 Cricket World Cup Final. His commentary during Jofra Archer’s super over was sensational. “By the barest of margins.” sticks out like a beacon and it is one of the lines that will always be remembered.

8. Nasser Hussain

An eccentric commentator, who often comes up with great lines, Nasser Hussain is number eight on our list of “Best cricket commentators of all-time.” He is an established pundit for Sky Sports and works throughout the British Summer, broadcasting with great joy.

Pakistan Cricket. One minute down. The next minute up.” is one of his best lines to date, blurted out during the 2017 Champions Trophy final, where Pakistan completed an incredible comeback in the tournament to lift the trophy.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Sky Sports Cricket broadcast before play. Left to right: Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton and Michael Holding during the 4th Specsavers Test Match between England and India at The Ageas Bowl on September 2, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

7. Michael Holding

Michael Holding commentates in both England and South Africa and has done so for a number of years. Being a former fast bowler that was part of the great West Indies quartet, he is able to offer viewpoints that few others can.

At the age of 66, Michael Holding is still one of the best cricket commentators in the world.

6. Pommie Mbangwa

Often heard commentating during the South African Cricket summer and the Indian Premier League, Pommie Mbangwa has been brilliant in the last few years. His ability to stretch words and repeat them to make the situation sound more exciting is unrivalled.

For example one of his greatest lines include “That’s a good shot. It’s a very good shot. And it’s a great effort in the deep by, by Anderson.” He brings excitement to the commentary team.

 

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5. Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell is the most experienced pundit on our list of best cricket commentators of all-time. He has been working in media for over three decades and has a vast amount of knowledge.

Chappell is always straight-forward with his judgement and uses his own methods in order to do so. For example, he doesn’t use win-loss ratio to judge a captain and instead chooses to view them on how well they can get their players to perform beyond their capabilities.

This photo taken on January 3, 2017 shows former Australian cricket captain and Channel Nine cricket commentator Ian Chappell (R) talking with fellow commentator and former Australian Test player Shane Warne (L) during the cricket Test match between Australia and Pakistan at the SCG in Sydney. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST / –IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE– (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

4. Ian Bishop

A commentator with great enthusiasm, who has become a fan favourite in recent years. His commentary stints all over the globe, has resulted in him growing a huge fan base. Bishop is well known for his voice in the Indian Premier League, having worked for the T20 league for just under a decade.

“Carlos Brathwaite. Remember the name.” is probably his best line, being blurted out when West Indies won the 2016 World T20.

3. Mark Nicholas

Since 1999, Mark Nicholas has been a consistently excellent commentator in all formats of the game. His knowledge of the game is huge, due to the fact that he has immense experience in cricket, both as a player for Hampshire and then working in broadcasting.

He is well known for appearing for a number of years for both Channel 4 Cricket and Cricket on Five. His exuberance for the game and his unbiased opinions make him a very well respected figure in the game.

2. Michael Atherton

Both an intelligent and a witty commentator, Michael Atherton is perhaps the best amongst cricket commentators from the UK. Being an opening batsman himself, he understands the fundamentals of the game better than many others.

His light humour often stands out and gives fans something to think about. His funniest moment on air, is falling prey to a hilariously inappropriate prank set by a twitter user in the summer of 2020.

 

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1. Harsha Bhogle

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JUNE 5 : Harsha Bhogle, a cricket commentator from India presents before the ICC Cricket World Cup Group Match between South Africa and India at the Hampshire Bowl on June 5, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Harsha Bhogle is number one on our list of “Best cricket commentators of all-time.” He is often known as the voice of Indian Cricket and has been in commentary and analysis for over 30 years. Harsha is very good at pointing out little intricate details that many others might not think about.

He frequently produces analysis, match reports and interviews for Cricbuzz. However, his career began in Hyderabad, where he was born and raised. Harsha Bhogle started working for All India Radio, at the age of just 19, from where his career flourished, after being invited to commentate Down Under in a bilateral series, prior to the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

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