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Are the commentators in the stadium for the last IPL T20 cricket match or are they watching a broadcast in a studio?

I've watched cricket on TV for years and the occasional comment box. Usually the camera is behind the commentators and the picture shows the commentators following the game from a small room and the players are also visible. There may be a change in commentators (someone moves in and someone moves out) and even then we could see the field. In addition, commentators will talk about events that are not visible to television viewers, meaning that they take place out of reach of the camera.
This type of video "proves" that the commentators are in the comments field.
Here are 2 views of general "correct" comment fields:

These commentators are sure to be in the stadium.

Nowadays (at least for T20 World Cup games or IPL games) I have the feeling that the commentators are not in the box, but are watching a broadcast stream in a studio.
Here are 2 views of "suspicious" comment boxes:

It's not really clear if they're in the stadium or in a small studio pretending they're watching the game live in the stadium.
The last image is particularly suspicious as it looks like the camera is blocking your view of the game.

My doubt is based on 2 main points:
(1) The commentators (and the change of commentators) are always shown from the front, and there will never be a view of the commentators with the field or the players in view.
(2) The commentators seem to be telling exactly what is being shown on the screen and seem to have no idea of ​​the ground situation.
E.g. 2A : On TV, a ball going towards the border may appear to be crossing it, while commentators should see an outfield player running towards it. I've seen cases where the commentator said something like, "will be a four [we can see that] ... no, an outfield player comes in at the last minute [when the television shows the outfield player]". what I can see without the redundant comment.
E.g. 2B : Hitting the ball too high may look like a six on TV, and even the commentator will claim it will be a six, but at some point we see he just stepped up and down on the wicketkeeper who takes an easy catch.
After noticing this a few years ago, I've been waiting for similar comments in the last few games, but I think they got smart and don't comment on these things now. They wait for the TV to show what's going on and then say what we can already see.

In addition to these two main points, I noticed two other minor points:
(3) I have noticed that the light from the television screen can occasionally be seen on the commentators' faces.
(4) I've also noticed that commentators don't say anything that isn't shown on television. For example, if the umpire asked for a decision from the 3rd umpire, but the TV didn't show it was asking for it, the commentators will be talking about other things too, like "boy-o-boy, at a time like this one big risk trying to take a single [replay shows umpire asking for 3rd umpire decision] and what will it be? out or not out? "where basically you are trying to hide the fact that they are have no idea until the TV shows what's going on.

We have an English commentary (which is implicitly from the stadium) and a Hindi commentary (known to be from the studio) and both are similar, which leads me to suspect that even the English broadcast is from the studio.

Are the commentators in the stadium for the last IPL T20 cricket match or are they watching a broadcast in a studio?

I'm not claiming that all the comments are from the studio, I'm just saying that in some games (especially T20 IPL) the studio is used without informing the audience, but then they never specifically claimed to be in the stadium, so aren't they really lying?
The studio may be easier to attract movie stars who don't want to get stuck in the large crowd or traffic generated by IPL. It may be that comment boxes are used as VIP seats and commentators are asked to move out.

((I originally asked this to Skeptics where it was suggested that I try this, but the wording might still suggest skepticism))

Masked man

Good question, I asked myself too. The quality of the comments has dropped dramatically recently, especially in T20. Maybe this is one of the reasons.


@MaskedMan, thanks for the support. Actually, I was also wondering why we need commentators who just tell us what is on the screen. Then I asked myself if they really were in the stadium. That line of thought finally ended in this question!

Masked man

One good thing about the IPL 9 broadcast is that the stadium noise drowns out the pathetic commentary. I hope the broadcasters don't "fix" it.

Masked man

After watching the first few games of the currently running IPL9, I am completely convinced that the comments box is in the studio. A couple of shots were high but not far, and eventually caught 15 yards inside the boundary line, and commentators are either too excited, believing it will be a six, or give a vague "where is this going?" Comment until the camera shows the field player.

Masked man

Sanjay Manjrekar pretty much gave it away during the SRH vs MI game today. The other commenter noted his "spectacular vision" when he pointed out at some point, to which Manjrekar replied, "I'm just closest to the monitor". It's that easy!


The simple answer is - it depends. For many games the commentators are in the ground, but not for others. For many reasons, but usually for financial reasons, it can make financial sense to have commentators running through a TV feed rather than sending them thousands of miles for a single match.

My experience with cricket shows is based on Europe, and Sky always seems to have a studio-based analysis team (for intervals) and a ground-based commentary team. The BBC radio always reports from the site.

The questions about the standard of comments are different and I won't go into that as it is entirely opinion based.


+1, thanks for the European perspective. If broadcasters are saving money by not traveling thousands of miles (which is a valid reason), will the audience be informed that the commentary was from the studio? If the comment box for VIP seating (or any other reason that is pushing money) is passed and the public is not informed of the studio usage (and even gives the impression that the comment is off the floor), then it borders on fraud the audience.

Masked man

When they actually do this, it's like ordering Diet Coke with a Big Mac because you don't want to get fat. Nowhere does the cost of transporting a dozen or so commentators compare to the cost of managing all of the coverage. Plus, it doesn't really work because the audience is put off by the "cheap" comment soon enough. A few years ago we heard "the ball going towards Midwicket and coming so and so from the start to cut it off" (although we couldn't see it on TV) they don't anymore. However, the monopoly on broadcast rights ensures they can get away with crap.