Harsha Bhogle responds to MS Dhoni, Amitabh Bachchan’s criticism of India commentators

After India's win over Bangladesh on Wednesday, Amitabh Bachchan took aim at the Indian commentators for not praising the Men in Blue enough.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 12, 2016 11:33 am
ms dhoni, hardik pandyam pandya dhoni, dhoni cricket, dhoni bangladesh, dhoni india world twenty20, indian cricket team, world twenty20 MS Dhoni was in agreement with Amitabh Bachchan over their focus on teams other than India. (Source: Reuters)

After India’s sensational one-run win over Bangladesh in Bengaluru, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan was upset with how the commentators chose to focus on the other players (Bangladesh) rather than on their own players (India).


His criticism of the commentators was shared by others too who took to microblogging website Twitter to air their views and discuss with Bachchan Sr on what has become of the broadcasting scene.

This started the whole episode:

And others such as Vajir Singh also chimed in in agreement.



He also concurred with Former Indian Express journalist Harneet Singh


Making things interesting, MS Dhoni himself replied with a simple, “Nothing to add”. One could even spot MS’ irritation during the press conference as he hit out a journalist.

BCCI treasurer Anirudh Choudhary also added in his two cents on the discussion in praise of Virender Sehwag.

This started the process of guessing who Bachchan Sr was targeting in his comment. There were guesses of Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar – both of which were quashed by the man himself.

With the criticism raging like a bush fire, commentator Harsha Bhogle and part of the broadcast team took to Facebook to clear the air on the issue. He decided to do so without any finger pointing by the Bollywood legend.

Bhogle also shared that he had sent a direct message to Amitabh Bachchan to explain the situation in the ‘box’ and the need to not focus on India players alone or even primarily.

He clarified that the English feed is broadcast across the globe – not just to the Indian audience – hence the need of staying objective and focusing on both teams – not just India.

Bhogle also sought to clear the air on Twitter – prior to the message on Facebook.

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  1. V
    Mar 26, 2016 at 12:46 am
    Manjrekar is one of the worst commentator or all times. Earlier it used to be sunny..lt;br/gt;However it appears that he mellowed down even though in reality he is not as he has a fierce compeor in the form of Manjrekar
    1. K
      Mar 26, 2016 at 1:16 am
      Why is this such a big deal. Don't people have jobs?
      1. S
        Mar 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm
        This w cricket is scripted. India has to reach final to make commercial sense. It's all about money and fixing matches to maximise revenue to ICC and BCCI. And these people like amitabh are fooling people with stupid tweets
        1. A
          Apr 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm
          harsha is the only Indian commentator who speaks good Englishlt;br/gt;!!
          1. A
            Abhishek M
            Apr 10, 2016 at 6:24 pm
            Lol .. I always seen the opposite way all the time .. Don't believe this .. And also forced to praise Indian players by foreigners .. Have you guys seen him asking Russell Arnold questions something like 'Yuvraj has done so brilliantly by hitting that shot, yell me how well the shot was ' , where others don't have option to opt out of praising ..which was always so annoying for me ..
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