Former Australian cricketer turned veteran commentator Brad Hogg has acknowledged that he wrongly called Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam as ‘Taj Mahal’ during the 1st Test between India and Bangladesh at Chattogram.
The veteran was trolled on social media for the mistake also. Referring to it as a slip of tongue, he assured fans that he is working on taking the names of the players correct as well.
In a Q&A session on his YouTube channel on Monday, December 19, he was asked about the challenges he faced while doing commentary on the first Test between India and Bangladesh in Chattogram as well. He added:
“Getting the names right, sometimes. Someone picked up Taijul. I said Taj Mahal the other day when I first got on there when he was first bowling. I didn’t mean that, it was a slip of the tongue. Sometimes that happens.”
Meanwhile, Brad Hogg also shared while he referred to former India women’s captain Anjum Chopra as “Anjam” during a studio discussion.
“It’s very important to try and get the names right” – Brad Hogg
Speaking about that, he revealed: “I was doing a studio show with Anjum Chopra. Wonderful lady, wonderful commentator. There was a talking point on and I tried to complement her on her comment. I just got a bit of a blank straightaway trying to get her name out. I was calling her Anjam instead of Anjum. Sometimes, just getting a little tongue-tied with the names.”
Hogg also shared that he finds it difficult to pronounce the names of Indian spinners like Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin correctly as well. While talking about that, Hogg shared that it is very important for commentators to take the names of cricketers correctly.
“It’s very important to try and get the names right. I don’t do it deliberately. I am working on it and it’s a great challenge because one, you are learning how to pronounce names in those particular areas the right way. Two, you are getting an understanding of the culture as well when you are starting to pick up other dialects – little words that you see here and there.
“I’ll put my hands up. I am always going to make mistakes, but I don’t mean to. That’s probably the hardest thing in commentary,” Brad Hogg concluded.