Chennai boy is successful sports commentator

By Abinesh H Published on May 08, 2018 04:28 PM IST

Suhail Chandok with Gavaskar

Chennai: Coming from a family of sportspersons, Suhail Chandok always knew he would be involved in it but being a sports commentator was something he didn't expect. Suhail, unlike his brother Karun (F1 racer), was passionate about cricket but an injury cut short his playing career. Nevertheless, he's back to the game he loves, through commentary.

News Today caught up with one of India's in-demand commentators to ask about his journey.

Q: How did it all start?

A: It is a funny story. I was in Mumbai to meet a friend who worked with Star Sports. When I visited their office, they randomly asked me to do an audition. I gave it a shot and apparently they loved it and they asked me to come again for another take and I got the job. Being in front of the camera was not new to me ‘cause I was into theatre.

Q: You were selected by Royal Challengers for IPL 2009? How did you feel?

A: It was an amazing feeling but injury struck. My prolonged knee injury came back to haunt me. I had to take stem cell treatment for the injury. But I take positives out of everything. I took out time for myself and when one door closed another opened through commentary.

Q: You've worked with Ajith in Arrambam and Veeran; how was the experience?

A: He's very down to earth. He welcomed me immediately. I never felt like an outsider. Since he is a racer, we share a bond for bikes. He was like a mentor to me. His humility has no bounds. Ajith and Shalini are wonderful people.

Q: What are sports you like covering?

A: Anything: cricket, football, motorsports, tennis, hockey and kabaddi. I like doing commentary in Tamil as well. Working with Pro Kabaddi League was a new experience for me. The sport is very interesting and has picked up well in our country.

Q: What's your take on CSK's return to IPL?

A: Being a Chennai boy, I'm all go for Chennai Super Kings. It's a big return. The city and its people have been waiting for two years. The new team look well balanced and I pray they create the same magic like last time.

Q: There is a rise in cricketers from Tamilnadu, especially Chennai?

A: The quality of Tamilnadu cricket has risen over the years. Tournaments like TNPL have paved the way for a lot of young talent to show their skills. Players like Washington Sundar, Vijay Shankar are shining in a big way and I'm pretty sure more players will follow suit.