IPL 2020: From Mandira Bedi to Archana Vijaya, TV presenters who lit up the competition
Mayanti Langer has been associated with Star Sports since 2014 and has been a regular host of talk show involving Indian cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL), besides hosting Indian Super League (ISL) as well. She hails from Delhi and is married to Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny since 2012.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is glamorous, not just because of its association with top cricketers and Bollywood celebrities, but also of the host presenters. Over the years, the tournament has seen a number of television presenters, both men and female, to have made a name for themselves.
Mayanti Langer is one such host, who has been associated with Star Sports for the past six years and is a familiar face when it comes to cricket on the very channel. However, as per a recent report, she won't be a part of the talk show for the upcoming edition of the IPL, to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Meanwhile, as Times Now reported that she has been replaced, Mayanti questioned them on Twitter and cleared the air by posting, "Hi @timesnowsports, we don’t get replaced we get opportunities. Perhaps there is a valid non-scandalous, non-controversial reason. Care to reach out for a comment rather than speculating?"
In the meantime, Star Sports has confirmed that Australian TV presenter Neroli Meadows would be performing the duty for this edition. In the same light, we also take a look at some of the other glamorous TV presenters in the history of IPL.
Mandira Bedi: Undoubtedly, the list has to begin with her. While she was already a famous TV presenter even before the IPL came into existence, her association made it even bigger. Although she was a part of just one edition, in 2009, it was one of the most-watched leagues and talk shows in IPL history.
Archana Vijaya: The glamorous model from Kolkata was super-hit in the IPL and became famous overnight. With an in-depth cricket knowledge, she was one of the most successful IPL TV presenters, having served almost regularly since 2012, until 2017.
Shibani Dandekar: The Pune-based model-turned-actress, singer and anchor became famous for being a TV presenter during the IPL since 2011, besides working alongside Archana for a couple of years. She is currently dating Indian actor-director Farhaan Akhtar.
Isa Guha: Not exactly a model, but the former English woman cricketer, too, was famous for hosting the IPL talk shows. While she mostly appeared as an expert, she also hosted the show on some occasions. Having her roots based in Kolkata, West Bengal, she was born and brought up in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.