It's the last ball of a semi-final match. The star batsman needs at least 4 runs for his team to qualify for the final. He adjusts his leg pad once, twice, a third time; the left-handed fast bowler mutters under his breath. The batsman smiles, but not for long. The following ball bowls him out. Teeno dandi gul (All three stumps gone).
|Manoj Berlekar, 32, a former emcee and popular commentator across Maharashtra: I have got thousands in cash prizes from the audience for my commentating skills. |
There are so many such matches now that I am doing this round the year, earning about Rs 2,500 a day, exclusive of spot prizes. I have bought a motorcycle with the earnings and paid for my wedding expenses last year.
Ayaz Memon, sports writer: The T20 matches have become hugely popular as they are financially rewarding for the participants and because one doesn't have to spend too much time on the technicalities of the game. The basic job is to get out there and hit, as opposed to a five-day format, which is more nuanced.