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5 of the best punchlines in cricket commentary history

A brief look at 5 of the most iconic punchlines from some of the best-known cricket commentators.

Shastri has some of the best punchlines in the world of commentary
Shastri has some of the best punchlines in the world of commentary

For millions of cricket fans across the world, TV or radio commentary is their conduit to the proceedings in the middle. The commentator adds colour to the experience of watching the game and more often than not, he is a sort of unknown friend to the viewers.

Over a period of time, certain commentators inevitably become favourites and some of their signature lines gain iconic status among cricket fans. Here is a look at some of the most famous punchlines in cricket commentary history and the commentators who made them immortal.

#5 ‘Went like a tracer bullet’ - Ravi Shastri

During the course of his commentary and broadcasting career that has spanned over two decades, Ravi Shastri has become one of the most well-known voices for cricket fans across the globe. Before he was made the Indian national team coach, watching an India game was unthinkable unless the familiar voice of Shastri accompanied it and before long, one of his punchlines became not only famous but the butt of jokes on social media and among cricket fans in general.

Whenever a batsman hit a particularly well-timed shot or if the ball went away quickly to the fence, Shastri’s pet phrase more often than not used to be ‘that went like a tracer bullet’. Despite being an accomplished commentator and broadcaster, Shastri is now defined by his ‘tracer bullet’ punchline and it is without doubt one of the best, despite its comical value. 

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