Harsha

Harsha Bhogle

Once upon a time a chemical engineer and management graduate, now cricket and motivational speaking my calling!

India appeared to have a player just when he was needed
Thu, Sep 03, 2015

India seemed to have a player just when he was needed, and it was rather dramatically apparent in the last Test.

Test cricket’s non-negotiables: Openers, keepers should always be specialists
Thu, Aug 27, 2015

We could start seeing the influence of T20 in the way Test cricket is viewed. And, indeed, approached.

Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka’s most stirring ambassador, was a gift to our game
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara may not have become the lawyer he wanted to, but he came as close as anyone could on a cricket ground!

Between two teams undergoing churn, India look more settled
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

India the transition period that both teams are going through, India look more settled than Sri Lanka.

Batsman R Ashwin key player in Virat Kohli’s five-bowler strategy
Wed, Aug 05, 2015

Since Virat Kohli doesn’t have a top six man who can bowl, that is why, key to this strategy, is the role that Ashwin will play.

Duleep Trophy had a purpose but that purpose is long over
Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Duleep Trophy had a role when the Ranji was played on zonal lines and players got no more than 3 or 4 FC matches.

Indian cricket needs to ask if two-captain period can extend too far
Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Whether or not Dhoni is still the right man to lead India is a worthy debate, feels Harsha Bhogle.

Bangladesh: From not wanting to lose to getting used to winning
Tue, Jun 23, 2015

For years Bangladesh tried not to lose. Now they must get used to the idea of wanting to win, writes Harsha Bhogle.

Key to having a 5-5-1 combo is 6, 7, 8 and 9’s role with the bat
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Playing five bowlers in Dhaka wasn't the most adventurous call but it wasn't one India have tended to take too often, writes Harsha Bhogle.

Aussie way not a bad way for new leader Virat Kohli: Harsha Bhogle
Fri, Jun 12, 2015

On the field Virat Kohli will need more steel than emotion, more resolve than exhibition and more calm than expression, writes Harsha Bhogle.

Giants of game need clear role, autonomy
Thu, Jun 04, 2015

Far more important than their presence is the role that Sachin, Ganguly and VVS will be assigned, writes Harsha Bhogle.

Mumbai Indians’ fascinating U-turn, story of IPL
Fri, May 29, 2015

MI lost five of their first six matches but then completed a magnificent turnaround to win their second IPL title.

IPL 8’s magnificent 8: Youngsters who caught the eye
Tue, May 19, 2015

Yuzvendra Chahal and Sarfaraz Khan (right) have had an impressive IPL.

England ought to have found a way to use Kevin Pietersen
Thu, May 14, 2015

You do want nice guys in the side. But you want tough guys too.

IPL is showing signs of maturing, but more remains to be done
Fri, May 08, 2015

Indian cricket system continues to produce players, but keeping them on the right track is going to become a bigger challenge.

World Cup winners Australia experiencing Post-Olympic Gold Depression
Fri, May 01, 2015

Half of members of World Cup-winning Aussie team are far from their best at ongoing IPL, writes Harsha Bhogle.

IPL 8: Ability to summon skill key to success in Super Over
Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Super Over doesn’t only test your skill but challenges to stay calm and give your skill best possible chance of surfacing.

In cricket’s hyperenergetic new era, Richie Benaud knew to play the pause
Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Richie’s was an era of signed letters, of not speaking till you were spoken to.

IPL, single greatest influence on cricket in last decade
Tue, Apr 07, 2015

The IPL is like a maverick designer, you want to be ramp-side seeing the latest creation come through.

We must applaud what work-in-progress India achieved at World Cup
Sun, Mar 29, 2015

If India want to mount a challenge at a major tournament, they need to sort number 7.

Sharp bowling, fielding has made MS Dhoni look in control
Thu, Mar 26, 2015

It had to be a batsman’s World Cup, didn’t it? The bowler was meant to be the waiter at the batsman’s party.

Rise of Asian pacers one of the stories of World Cup
Wed, Mar 18, 2015

The Asian embrace of pace was one of the highlights of the World Cup, writes Harsha Bhogle.

For ability to blossom, England must break shackles of decadent thought
Thu, Mar 12, 2015

England faced a shock defeat to Bangladesh as they were knocked out of the Cricket World Cup on March 9.

Of Pakistan’s lone bread-winner and English pianists in a rock show
Wed, Mar 04, 2015

At WC, teams have worries; Pak with batting, SA with balance, WI with consistency and Eng, with approach.

World Cup 2015: Saying ‘yes’ defines Ajinkya Rahane the way it did Rahul Dravid
Wed, Feb 25, 2015

In all formats of the international game, Ajinkya Rahane has established himself as a star to reckon with.

World Cup 2015: Surprised by Pakistan’s lack of fizz, energy and decisive action
Wed, Feb 18, 2015

This was by some distance the weakest team I have seen from Pakistan.

World Cup 2015: On Sunday, Pakistan will fear India more than other way round
Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Even with the woeful form they have displayed recently, India will begin favourites, writes Harsha Bhogle.

In his own style, Ajinkya Rahane must complement Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni at World Cup 2015
Thu, Feb 05, 2015

Alongside MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane’s form will be key for the defending champions.

Virat Kohli is better off walking in at 20/1 than 30/2
Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Virat Kohli smashed four centuries in as many Tests in Australia recently.

At this ICC Cricket World Cup, let bat and ball do all the talking
Sun, Feb 01, 2015

Cricket is wonderfully nuanced already without needing to surrender to such unhealthy spice, writes Harsha Bhogle.

India’s overseas bowling is not a worry, it is an emergency
Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Ishant Sharma's bowling at Lord’s was the sole high point for India last year.

2015 World Cup squad: Despite a glaring weakness, best possible India team has been picked
Sun, Feb 01, 2015

The selectors would have liked a few more fast bowling options but the truth is they don’t exist!.

What Dhoni achieved goes way beyond numbers
Thu, Jan 01, 2015

He told young small-town Indians that they could conquer the cricket world

India tour of Australia: India are blowing hot & blowing cold, simultaneously
Tue, Dec 23, 2014

Aaron with the ball and Kohli in the slips are good indicators of why India are where they are.

India tour of Australia: If there is indeed a ‘zone’ in sport, then Virat Kohli is in it
Wed, Dec 17, 2014

The twin hundreds in Adelaide gave birth to a great Test cricketer in Virat Kohli, writes Harsha Bhogle.

India tour of Australia: At Adelaide, not just another regular day in the office
Wed, Dec 10, 2014

You didn’t think you would ever see an Aussie cricketer expose his softer side on a cricket field. But they did it on Tuesday.