Mumbai: Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the IPL 2020 on Thursday unveiled a star-studded commentary panel for the tournament, that includes some of the finest and most reputed cricket experts across the world to offer detailed match analysis and insights to its viewers.Defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Former South Africa cricketer JP Duminy will be making his debut on the world feed and will be joined by an exquisite host of experts that include Harsha Bhogle, Mark Nicholas, Simon Doull, Ian Bishop, Michael Slater, Danny Morrison, Deep Dasgupta, Rohan Gavaskar, Pommie Mbangwa, Darren Ganga, L Sivaramakrishnan, Murali Kartik, Sunil Gavaskar, Kevin Pietersen, Anjum Chopra, Lisa Sthalekar and Kumar Sangakkara.
''The IPL has always been considered as the pinnacle of cricket leagues where the stars of the game converge on the biggest platform of them all! I am really thrilled to be making my debut as a commentator for the IPL and I hope my experience and insights will empower viewers and fans to analyse, understand and most importantly, enjoy the games together,'' said Duminy on making his debut as a commentator for the IPL.
''I can't wait for the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings since I expect plenty of fireworks on the ground. I'm sure CSK and Dhoni fans all over the world will be ecstatic to watch MS Dhoni return to the playing field,'' he added.Meanwhile, Star Sports expert and cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar also expressed his joy on being part of the commentary panel for the IPL.
''It's an absolute delight to welcome back Indian cricket with the IPL and I hope this tournament can infuse positive energy into the lives of millions of people. I am thrilled to be part of the commentary panel for one of the most electrifying cricket leagues, and I can't wait to join the excitement along with the fans and viewers,'' he said.
''The Indian Premier League has been the perfect platform to unearth talent and I hope this year too, we get to see that. The teams are stacked up really well and all eyes will be on the opening game between MI & CSK. We will be watching MS Dhoni play after a year, and am sure everyone is waiting to see him back in action. Let the games begin !, '' he added.
With the commitment to engage fans across the country, Star Sports will broadcast the league in 6 different languages, targeting an unparalleled reach across TV and digital platforms. This will give supporters an option to enjoy the game and commentary in the language of their choice.