The gentleman’s game has undergone a sea change over the last few decades. The test format remained almost the same. But it’s the shorter formats began changing with the introduction of the day-night match, colorful jersey, T20, T10, Cheerleaders and a lot of other things. Pink ball day-night Test has become a new trend to attract more crowds to the longest format of the game. The entertainment quotient has become an important part of modern-day cricket. Be it 50 over or 20 over format, people go to the stadium not only to see some cracking shots and fiery spell but also for having a good time with friends and family. Television audience has also increased significantly over the last few years. With the penetration of the internet, live streaming of the game through various mobile apps has become very popular. Hosting pre-match and post-match programs is an integral part of cricket broadcasting. Anchors have a very important role in these programs.
This was primarily a male-dominated affair. But with time, this also began to change. It started in the 2003 South Africa World Cup with none other than popular Television show host Mandira Bedi. She in many ways redefined hosting cricket shows. Wearing a low-cut ‘noodle strap’ blouse, she was able to attract many eyeballs during the cricket shoe Extra Innings. She might not have enough knowledge of cricket but her dressing sense helped increase female viewership. Since Mandia Bedi, many other female cricket show hosts have come to the fore and they have been fairly successful so far.
8. Mandira Bedi
It is often said that Mandira Bedi brought the glamour quotient to cricket. She was one of the first female anchors of the Indian Premier League (IPL). She is famous for her dressing sense and attractive personality. Mandira Bedi took part in special IPL shows in 2009. However, she was left out of IPL 2008. Mandira is not seen around IPL in recent years but she is one of the most successful female anchors.
7. Lekha Washington
The attractive female anchor was seen hosting IPL shows in 2008 with former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja. Lekha is also an actress and filmmaker. She was a VJ with a popular music channel.
6. Rochelle Maria Rao
Rochelle Maria Rao won Femina Miss India International in 2012. She was a well-known figure in Tamil Nadu. But IPL introduced her in front of the entire cricket world and she became very popular overnight. She hosted Extra Innings during IPL 2013. She interviewed a lot of international cricket stars during the tournament.
5. Shonali Nagrani
Another popular cricket show host is Shonali Nagrani. She was seen during the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008. She also played the role of a co-host with Television anchor and comedian Cyrus Broacha during T20 World Cup. Shonali Nagrani was among the five top participants of the Femina Miss India Pageant in 2004. Apart from IPL and T20 World Cup, Shonali also hosted cricket shows of 50 over World Cup.
4. Archana Vijaya
Archana Vijaya is among the most successful and sexy cricket show hosts that we have seen over the past few years on Television. She was first seen around hosting cricket shows with Television Channel called Neo Sports. This channel had the rights to broadcast India’s overseas matches. After testing initial success, she went on to repeat the same in the cash-rich IPL. This proved to be a turning point in her career as she became a household name during this tournament. She used to host Pre-match and Post-match shows in IPL.
3. Karishma Kotak
Karishma Kotak is one of the famous anchors of the IPL. She is a British Indian model. She took part in Big Boss 6. Apart from that she also acted in a few music videos. She was the co-anchor of the sixth edition of IPL. She successfully interviewed a few top cricketers.
2. Shibani Dandekar
Shibani Dandekar is multi-talented. She is a singer, actress, and model. She was assigned with Extra Innings where she had to analyze the games with the likes of Navjot Singh Sidhu and Shoaib Akhtar. She is also a popular face on Indian Television. She took part in reality show Jhalak Dikhalaja. Shibani also hosted shows for Celebrity Cricket League (CCL). Apart from being an elegant person, she also has very good cricket knowledge.
1. Mayanti Langer
Mayanti Langer is currently one of the most popular sports show hosts in India. Her foray is not just limited to crickets, she also hosted football shows during FIFA World Cup. Mayanti first began hosting football shows. Later during the 2011 ICC cricket world cup, she was assigned to host a show with former Indian cricketer Charu Sharma. Mayanti is married to Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny. Mayanti is a very charming person. Along with the gift of the gab, she also has very deep knowledge about the game. She is a known face in IPL shows as well.