A lot of people have come to Harsha Bhogle’s aid after one of the most popular cricket commentators was given the sack from the on-going Indian Premier League. To make things even murkier, there is no clear reasoning to justify the decision. (Fixtures | Squads)
To be fair, Bhogle has been one of the most recognisable voices in Indian cricket from his days with All India Radio to rise with TV commentary. And he has the knack of using apt metaphors and witty one-liners to put his point across.
Harsha to Geoffrey Boycott on Sachin Tendulkar’s Lord’s record
During the lunch time show after Sachin’s last Test innings at Lord’s.
Geoffrey Boycott : “Sachin maybe a great batsmen but he has never been on the Lords honours boards!”
Harsha Bhogle : “So whose loss is it more, Sachin’s or the honours board’s?”
India vs England at the Champions Trophy at Edgebaston in 2013
Michael Atherton: It is England but India has more support in the stadium, and the pitch is completely assisting your spinners. Says a lot about our hospitality, right?
Harsha Bhogle: Well, we let you rule our nation for so many years. Says a lot about our hospitality, right?
Harsha Bhogle on Chris Gayle’s style of play during the IPL
Harsha Bhogle: “6 and 4 seems to have become the new binary code for this man (Chris Gayle).”
After Sachin Tendulkar played a trademark, glorious drive off Ishant Sharma in the IPL
Harsha Bhogle: “Open the textbook, turn to page 32!”
During the tri-series involving India, Australia and England in 2015, Harsha took a clever jibe at Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly: “To be honest, I really enjoy hearing you talk about the game Harsha. So much passion, so much in touch with the game. You’ve been around for a while though.”
Harsha Bhogle: “But i never took my shirt off.”
After multiple reprieves for Virender Sehwag in New Zealand
Harsha Bhogle”It’s that kind of a day. Sehwag can walk blindfolded across a busy highway today and not get run over.”
When Sachin got out to part-timer Michael Vaughan in 2002
Harsha Bhogle: “Oh what a shame! It’s like a soldier who survived the war when all the bullets were flying by his nose and then got run over by a cycle in his native town”
Harsha Bhogle summing up ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid
Harsha Bhogle: “Is there a more calming sight in the world than Rahul Dravid taking guard?”
During a KKR vs RCB match in IPL in 2013
Harsha Bhogle: “Running is going to be interesting here, because AB de Villiers is a hare between the wickets and Chris Gayle does it only because the law requires him to go across to the other end.”
On Rajat Bhatia’s gentle bowling:
Harsha Bhogle: “Any bowler has three pace variations – fast, medium and slow. But Rajat Bhatia has slow , slower and slowest.”
Harsha Bhogle displays his quick wit once again to Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain: “When can I see India playing in a football World Cup?” (this was during 2014 FIFA World Cup)
Harsha Bhogle : “It’s better not to participate rather than getting knocked out in the first round.”