Cricketers Speak: 5 Questions with Cricket World: Takes more focus & energy to commentate without crowds - Danny Morrison
Danny Morrison, former New Zealand quick and leading commentator, talks to Cricket World about calling behind-closed-door PSL games, commentators' role in geeing up the atmosphere and ways to make matches without crowds more interesting.
When 'Double G' and 'Double R' replace Gautam Gambhir and Rajasthan Royals, you instantly know Danny Morrison is in the comm box. Times are changing, cricket is changing and so is commentary.
T20 cricket, unlike the Test format, doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither does one of the pioneers who calls the modern game. You can find Morrison fooling around with the cheerleaders at the IPL or doing a pitch report while lying down at the PSL. The result is that he has become one of the most coveted commentators in T20 leagues around the world.
Not to forget, before the Kiwi let his hair down in the commentary box, he took 160 Test wickets for New Zealand from 48 matches and led the Blackcaps bowling attack for a few years. He became a handy white-ball bowler as well with on-point slower ones and the ability to keep it tight.
Here's what Danny Morrison had to say as we caught up with him for our new series, 5 Questions with Cricket World:
Q: What's the first thing you'd like to do once normalcy returns?
A: Pop back to NZ with wifey Kimmie & family to see my dear mother. My mum has been somewhat unwell of late.
Q: How was it like calling PSL matches without crowds?
A: Tough to call matches recently in Pakistan without fans in the stadium. The game is so much about the fan-base in sport, especially at venues for live matches.
Q: As a commentator, how much more effort does it take to almost manufacture the drama without the crowd? And what can commentators do to amp up the intensity? We know, we're asking from the very best at this art.
A: Takes a good deal more of focus & energy without crowd atmosphere on match day if a ‘lock-down’ fixture taking place, like PSL5 recently. For us commentators, it requires the extra need for being ‘up’ & animated, and then getting the vibe, when to be a lot more ‘mellow’ when calling the action. Definitely more concentration necessary from us commz with no crowd in.
Q: What can be done to make matches without crowds more interesting?
A: I reckon the music DJ will be earning “their keep” for lock-out matches - music and dances key and big replay screens important too. A bit of pyrotechnics worthwhile as well. Overall, fabulous visuals important at T20 LIVE gig.
Q: The new generation may not even realise that you represented New Zealand once. How does it feel to be recognized more as a commentator than a former international?
A: Ha! Yes I've been doing different commz via TV & Radio for 20 years now, so I have no qualms about younger fans mainly knowing me as commentator firstly.
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