How Hindi and Tamil are taking over cricket commentary in India

“Virat ke tevar maano sone ke zevar.”

“Suresh Raina, aapka kya kehna!”

“Inke paas hai chaabi agar aapke paas hai taala. Kamaal kar dala, Junior Dala.”

You might think these are comments plucked out of a family WhatsApp group during Indian cricket matches. While that may be the case, these quotes were actually picked up from the Hindi commentary during India’s tour of South Africa.

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About Jaideep Vaidya

I am a freelance journalist based in Mumbai, India. I focus on the business of sport. I have written for publications such as Forbes India, Mint Lounge,, Quartz, Firstpost, Bleacher Report and The Guardian. I have eight years of experience in sports writing, reporting, sub-editing, social media management, news curation and production (print and online). You can get in touch with me at