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Sathankulam. M. Abdul Jabbar
Born M. Abdul Jabbar
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Sathankulam, Tamil Nadu
Occupation Media personality, writer
Language Tamil
Nationality Indian
Period 1951 - present
Subject Literature, philosophy, religion, sports

S. M. Abdul Jabbar (born June 26, 1939, Sathankulam, Tamil Nadu) is a Tamil radio broadcaster, cricket commentator, writer and actor.[1]

Early life[edit | edit source]

S. M. Abdul Jabbar was born into a middle class Muslim family and grew up in the small town of Sathankulam, presently in Thoothukudi district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Having relatives in Sri Lanka, he relocated to Colombo for his higher studies. After completing his education he moved back to India due to the tense political situation in Sri Lanka.

Radio and cricket commentary[edit | edit source]

Born in the Golden Age of Radio, Jabbar became a regular radio listener during his childhood in India and Sri Lanka. He often wrote letters to radio stations about their programs. On one occasion, he wrote a letter to All India Radio that was critical of its Tamil language cricket commentary. The letter was read on air, and he was invited to show his skill by providing Tamil commentary of the Ranji Trophy match between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The opportunity changed his life.

Abdul Jabbar already had considerable experience anchoring Tamil programs for the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation when he joined the AIR Chennai Tamil commentary team in 1979.[2] He learned substantially from commentating with Tamil radio pioneer and cricket writer V Ramamurthy. The AIR Tamil commentary team covered every test match and one day international played in Chennai, and many of the regional matches. Jabbar's commentary remained popular through the 1990s,[3] with a fan base in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka that included LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.[4] The AIR Tamil commentary team was disbanded in 2004, after which Abdul Jabbar continued providing Tamil commentary for the television channels ESPN, Neo Sports, Sun TV and Zee.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "காற்று வெளியினிலே". Retrieved 29 June 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Seshadri, Badri (10 September 2015). "Languages of cricket – The English effect". Wisden India. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  3. G, Sandip (19 September 2017). "India vs Australia: In search of beginnings of Chepauk's Walajah Road End". The Indian Express. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  4. "Prabhakaran's appreciation was the best award received in life". Retrieved 29 June 2018. 


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