Coverage of the IPL and ICC events has become tedious in the extreme, with banal, cliché-ridden, hyperbolic commentary. More reason why we ought to treasure the likes of David Lloyd
Coverage of both ICC-sanctioned tournaments and the IPL is, with an exceedingly few precious exceptions, anodyne in the extreme. In order to land such a gig, commentators do not merely require a famous name but a degree in hyperbole, an MA in clichés and a PhD in the Blindingly Obvious mind you, when it comes to overkill, even the commentators lag behind Shane Warne’s touting of Yusuf Pathan’s 37-ball ton for Rajasthan against Mumbai as the greatest innings he’s ever seen, relegating, merely to name the most obvious, Brian Lara’s;s Bridgetown masterpiece in 1999. A boundary is almost invariably the consequence of a “great” or “fantastic” shot. Here burns the bonfire of the banalities and inanities. While one sympathies with those to whom commentating is solely a way of earning a crust rather than a means of self-expression, there is a happy medium.
not likely to provoke dissent or offense; uncontentious or inoffensive, often deliberately so : anodyne new age music | I attempted to keep the conversation as anodyne as possible.
a pain-killing drug or medicine.
• figurative something that alleviates a person’s mental distress : an anodyne to the misery she had put him through.
1 a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought : the old cliché “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.”
• a very predictable or unoriginal thing or person : each building is a mishmash of tired clichés.
2 Printing chiefly Brit. a stereotype or electrotype.
so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring : songs with banal, repeated words.
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
silly; stupid : don’t constantly badger people with inane questions.