Welcome to RanjitFernandoSucks (RFS). This blog is an outlet to years of ear-splitting dreadful commentaries I've had to endure vis-a-vis a self-proclaimed expert -- Ranjit Fernando. For any follower of cricket, the commentaries given on television are an important part of the entertainment. Apart from making the proceedings lively, they give useful insights into the game and provide us armchair cricketers an insiders' take on the proceedings. However, the commentaries of Ranjit Fernando are quite the opposite. The disharmonious croaking of crows descending on a piece of throw-away fish, stones thrown at a tin-roof and the sound of crashing gears of a full laden lorry climbing Haputale comes to mind.
At any rate, I would like to clarify early on that this blog is in no way trying to question the command of the English language of Ranjit Fernando. English is not my first language, nor is it for most Sri Lankans. I have no issues if the command of the language is not perfect (although it begs the question -- if it's not so, why would you be on TV commentating?).
I can also look beyond the put on growling accent of Ranjit Fernando.
I can bear through the numerous adjectives coloring all of Ranjit Fernando's sentences as well. Perhaps Ranjit Fernando notices how entertaining commentators such as Premasiri Apasinghe or Tony Greig who sprinkle their lively comments with colorful adjectives. Is it a belief that, like sixes from Sanath, more is merrier when it comes to adjectives also?
Moving on... My biggest gripe with Ranjith Fernando however is that he is not always and certainly not fully behind the Sri Lankan cricket team. While being impartial is expected, you are certainly not expected belittle the efforts of the country you represent.
Second, Ranjit Fernando is unaware of some happening of the cricket team and often fails to mention history/background of an incident player. There have been numerous occasions where he had to be spoon-fed by others to get him to say the proper thing.
Third, Ranjit Fernando does not stand up for the cause and is often steamrolled by others.
Fourth, we don't need someone to repeat what the other person said.
I think that would be a good enough list to get this started. And with that, this blog is hereby declared open. Please feel free to post replies and your observations. If you have a specific incident you like to note, please email (ranjitfernandosucks[at]gmail.com) me and I will put up a separate post about it.
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