IPL commentator dies of excitement during strategy break

Johnnie...no more in the picture.
Johnnie…no more in the picture.

Cape Town. 14 May 2009.

Silencing T20 critics and ICL supporters in one blow, Johnnie Oswald, the New Zealand born famous IPL commentator died here of a heart-attack while announcing the very exciting ‘strategy break’ feature of an IPL 2.0 game between Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. Eyewitnesses and fellow cheer-girls later confirmed that Johnnie just loved announcing ‘strategy break’ in the most heart-thumping, outlandish way and today he just overdid it. Johnnie’s last sentence, though unfinished, was – “Strategy Break!! This is where they win or lose!! Goosebumps all over the place…I feel like…”

Johnnie’s death comes at a time when critics of the format, and especially ‘strategy break’ innovation, are running amok calling it another step in whoring of Cricket, “and that too, in the most boring way.” IPL’s veteran host Arun Lal, sitting next to Johnnie at the time of mishap, summed up his shock while speaking to a Lalit-Modi approved news channel – “Johnnie did a ‘Yo-Man’ service to the format. I think his death was a Citi Moment of Shock for me, and he will be Pepsi-missed in the commentary box. And trust me, he was DLFucking good with his job!” 


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9 responses to “IPL commentator dies of excitement during strategy break

  1. lol! that sure takes the wind out of those.. um… windbags!

  2. Sushant

    Yo Man service… (ha ha) kahan kahan sey khoj key latey ho 😛 sab dabar chawanpraash “@#$%^” ki ley lee 🙂

  3. thedailytamasha

    Hee hee…bachapn se dimaag mein tha. Jab bhi koi Yeomen bolta hai…mere dimaag mein Yo-Man hi aata hai. 😛 Par yeh dabur chyanwanprash kya hai? (something to do with IPL kya?) (Am not watching IPL this time…no TV…:-(

  4. Vikash

    hahaha… that was a DLF maximum… 😉
    when a MBA in marketing with criminal records (kidnapping, drug possession etc.) is leading the game, strategic whoring is bound to happen…
    whenever MBAs utter STRATEGY, one should get careful… 😛

  5. thedailytamasha

    @ Vikash

    haa haa…MBA hokar MBA-waalon se gaddaari! Tumhein toap se baandh ke uda denge yeh log.

    “whenever MBAs utter STRATEGY, one should get careful” Haa haa…very very funny!

  6. love the product placement :).

    Sadly, not watching enough (or any) IPL to get most of the context. 😐

  7. Vikash

    yaar thats why i did MBA in finance… but kismat…
    now i am strategy consultant… 😛

    and toap se udana is filmi and old fashioned… 😀
    their typical way would be to ask me to create STRATEGIC PLAN for having males as cheer leader; which will never deem strategic to them… 😉

  8. thedailytamasha


    Haa haa…males as cheer-leaders! lol pe lol!

    @ Animesh

    Lucky boy! 🙂 Though the only context worth knowing is how IPL is being sold to Indian public by its crazy ‘jockeys’ and ‘media planners’. You can read a related analysis on http://greatbong.net/2009/05/05/cricket-jockeys/

  9. Just read some of your recent posts, you’re a seriously funny writer! And congrats, you just got yourself a new fan 🙂

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