Harsha Bhogle has been in the news of late as BCCI terminated his Indian Premier League (IPL) contract. While the reason for that is not clear, it has been speculated that he has not been in good terms with the Indian cricket board and have rubbed cricketers the wrong way his criticism. Bhogle has received a lot of support from cricket followers in social media but he continues to be out of the cash-rich league.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni was not at his best as a wicketkeeper during the Rising Pune Supergiants’ match against Gujarat Lions at Rajkot on Thursday. He missed a stumping and gave away byes, Bhogle, who was watching the match tweeted:
Rare off day for MSD behind the stumps?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 14, 2016
Agnew, a former Leicestershire cricketer who has played Tests for England, is one of the most popular voices in the game. There was definitely sarcasm directed by this tweet but it also highlights the power of Indian cricketers and their dislike to criticism.
@bhogleharsha Careful. They’ll ban you from Twitter next.
— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) April 14, 2016
Earlier, during the India-Bangladesh ICC World T20 tie, actor Amitabh Bachchan had criticised Indian commentators of not talking about the national side enough and Dhoni retweeted that expressing his support. Though no commentator was named, going by grapevines it was directed towards Bhogle.
Bhogle through social media post clarified the role of commentators and a few days later his contract was terminated. He might not have played cricket at highest levels but cricket world will surely be poorer without Bhogle.