The controversy surrounding renowned Indian commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle seems to be reaching new highs with every passing day. After Bhogle’s IPL contract was abruptly terminated by the BCCI, his fans and well wishers across Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media reached out to him and offered their support. The fans also slammed the high-handed approach of the BCCI for not treating a commentator of Bhogle’s caliber in the proper way.
A day after the news broke out, Bhogle took to Facebook in order to thank his fans for all the support and show his gratitude. Bhogle said that he always enjoyed commentating and would enjoy doing his work in the future as well. Below, is the message posted by Bhogle on his Facebook page to thank his fans and supporters:
“I must confess I am a little uncomfortable with all the attention I have been getting recently. I am just a cricket commentator. I go to a cricket match, tell the story of what happened, look for joy within it if possible and come back feeling blessed to have had the opportunity. I tell the story, I am not the story.
I am, though, deeply moved by the messages I have got. I am overwhelmed that people who don’t know me have taken the trouble to express their views on the matter. Young men and women who are my children’s age have offered me advise. Famous people and simple cricket lovers have gone on public platforms. And I have been particularly touched by the people who say they don’t rate me as a commentator but who speak out in my favour (that you may disagree with people but fight for their right to have an opinion was an attitude injected into me very early in life).
It is an incident that tells me how much we care for the game that we hold so dear.
I don’t know what lies ahead. I have a contract with Star Sports with whom I share an excellent relationship. It is the reason why I don’t have to do the IPL. I do it because I genuinely like the cricket on offer, I want to be part of cricket’s laboratory to see what is brewing. It is a fantastic tournament.
I still don’t know why I am not doing the IPL. I haven’t been told. I can accept the fact that people don’t like me. But I genuinely hope it isn’t because cricketers have complained about what I have to say. I tell every young cricketer who cares to listen that we will never agree on everything but I will always desire that they do well; that I cannot stop them from scoring a run, or taking a wicket or holding a catch. Doing that is their job, telling the story of what they did, or didn’t, is mine. Our paths will be strewn with admiration and disagreement. It is the nature of the job whether you are a university-level cricketer or among the best there has been.
And, for heaven’s sake, my greatest criticism is that I don’t do enough of it. And when I do, my friend Prem Panicker isn’t sure whether I have critiqued a player of proposed marriage!!
So, thank you very much. I love what I do and your words have been overwhelming.
But, I remain the teller of the story, not the story itself.”