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Sunny@stumps: Cricket boring

Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar was star at a blog conference, reports Samrat.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 11:25 IST

Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar was the star on day two of BlogCamp, "India's biggest blog unconference". The Little Master, who has a podcast called "My own pitch" on Yahoo, said he was thinking of starting a cricket blog as well - though he claimed he was "not a good watcher of the game… I think cricket is a boring game to watch".

The cricketer-turned-commentator took the audience of bloggers through the nuances of TV commentating in his talk and later answered questions.

He said he found podcasting more difficult than commentary - even after one year of being a podcaster. "In commentating you're feeding off the other commentator and reacting to what is happening," said Gavaskar. "Podcasting, by contrast, involves sitting down in a room at the end of the day and compressing thoughts on the day's events to five or six minutes." He podcasts whenever India plays a match.

"I look around and I see almost everyone here sitting with a laptop in front," he said. "I belong to the transistor generation. My columns even now are written in longhand."

His presence and comments were immediately blogged 'live' on their laptops by at least three of the bloggers present. One of them, Maxiblog, wrote a post titled "Sunny is on now".

Another stopped him as he was on his way out and interviewed him for a video podcast using the video feature on his mobile phone. It was, Gavaskar said, the first time he had given such an interview.

First Published: Sep 11, 2006 02:58 IST