Every die hard Indian cricket fan knows how commentary makes a difference in the game. After all the commentatory are the one who give us the perfect view of the match, which males us feel like we are watching it from the ground itself. English cricket commentary reaches an altogether different level when Harsh Bhogle takes the mic.
His love and knowledge about cricket is evident through his expert criticism of the game even though he hasn’t ever played the game professionally. An IIM Ahmedabad alumni, Harsha Bhogle once joked when asked about his CGPA saying, “ I learnt this very early in my childhood, “Remember the good, forget the bad!”
These are some of the commentary masterpieces by Harsha Bhogle that you would most probably remember:
- Chris Gayle was demolishing the opposition during the IPL. Every other ball had to be brought back from the fence. Harsha: “6 and 4 seems to have become the new Binary Code for this man.”
- In a match against England, R Ashwin came to bat and started playing unconventional cricket shots, about which Harsha Bhogle commented: “Ashwin has just played 3 shots that no father will ever teach to his child.”
- 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. I believe that’s the least you can do for us.
- Harsha Bhogle: India doesn’t have a set fast bowling attack, *describes each bowler* and Pravin Kumar has vanished!
Sunil Gavaskar: Vanished or banished?
Harsha Bhogle: “If you’re from Bengal, both mean the same, actually he has vanished.”
- Harsha Bhogle, during a KKR-RCB match in IPL 2013: “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.”
- Harsha: If you talk to Sachin about cricket for say 20 to 30 minutes, you’ll often end up saying to yourself, “Shit, I thought I knew enough about cricket.”
- About comparing Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, “As India’s economy changed, Tendulkar is a product of a new economy whereas Gavaskar was a product of a licensed, socialism driven economy. He batted like he had bank deposits whereas Tendulkar bats like he’s playing on the equity markets.”
- Rajat Bhatia was bowling gently, Harsha quipped: “Any bowler has 3 pace variations – fast,medium and slow. But Rajat Bhatia has – slow, slower and slowest!”
- This one from KKR vs. KXIP when Shakib Ul Hasan was bowling dead slow,”Even the shadow would go faster than the ball.”
- India’s 9th wicket fell, the No.11, Narendra Hirwani is walking out to bat. Ian Chappell asked Harsha if Hirwani could bat. Harsha says: “If you make a team with all the No.11s of all the teams, Hirwani would still come at No.11 in the line up.”
- Harsha Bhogle durin commentary says this “When I am done with my profession, I wish I could go with the reputation that Rahul Dravid earned”
- An Australian fielder dropped a simple catch. Harsha:”I tell you what, these are the most difficult catches to drop!”
- In the second ODI against Pakistan, Harsha was talking about solidity in Indian batting when he said, “Ajinkya Rahane is making a career out of being on the bench. Just like software engineers being hired for bench, I think Rahane is being hired for the bench!”
- In a match between India and South Africa, umpire Rudi Koertzen was caught on camera sporting a rare smile. Harsha commented, “The last time Rudi Koerzten smiled, there was peace in west Asia.”
- Harsha was hosting the ICC Awards before the T20 World Cup and he called on Jonty Rhodes to present an award. As Jonty began climbing down the stairs, Harsha commented: ‘It’s pretty unusual to see Jonty walk down the stairs, I thought he might slide down them!’
- When Sachin once got out to an easy off-spinner, Harsha commented: “Oh what a shame. It was reminiscent of a soldier who survived the war when all the bullets were flying by his nose and then got run over by a bicycle in his native town.”
- It was at the Champions Trophy 2013 final India vs. England, when Bresnan was run-out. Harsha commented, “Oh dear, there was not even a quarter of a single.”
In the same match, on just next ball Stuart Broad took a tight single. Harsha commented: “England are redefining the meaning of single
- During an India vs. Australia test match in Chennai when Ashwin joined Dhoni at the crease, Harsha: “Dhoni is extremely quick between the wickets, and Ashwin, let us just say he has other skills.”
- After India chased down 350 against Australia for the second time in the ODI series that recently concluded, Bhogle said: “Australia would think that with 350 on the board, 9 times out of 10 they’d win the game; unfortunately they’re discovering the 10th too often.”
- In the first Test between India and West Indies at the Eden Gardens, when Sachin Tendulkar got Shane Shillingford LBW in the first innings, Bhogle came up with this gem: “Long before Nigel Llong gave that out, 50000 people in the crowd did.”
- Harsha Bhogle when Rahul Dravid hit 3 sixes in a row in his only T20 International against England,” Ask him to walk on water today and he will say, Okay! How many kilometres? Ask him to jump from a cliff in the form he’s in and he’ll say, here’s your parachute I don’t need it.”
- Once Sachin and Dhoni were batting together, Dhoni was smashing it to all parts of the park in his own stlye and Sachin was just timing the ball perfectly and piercing the gaps and Bhogle said “We have a surgeon at one end and a butcher at the other”
- When dravid got out in his final match(CLT20 2013 Final) playing a wild Slog shot,Harsha Said
“In a career that is marked by grace, style and beautiful batsmanship, it’s a slog that’s ended Rahul Dravid’s career. But once again, it was what was needed.”
- Once in a test match,India lost its second wicket and the crowd suddenly went berserk and were shouting happily instead of the usual stun silence.Harsha said, “Eruption of joy at the fall of an Indian wicket can only mean one thing”- and then Sachin came out to bat…..
- At Commentary
Nasser Husain – When can I see India in FIFA World Cup ? *Giggles*
Harsha Bhogle – It’s better not to qualify that getting knocked out of first round.
Ganguly – If India had played football World Cup for 50 years, we would have played finals atleast once unlike England
-After a moment of silence , Husain changes topic-