Harsha Bhogle, a name that every cricket fanatic knows, not because he plays cricket, but because he portrays a mesmerizing picture of the on-field action. He is an Indian Cricket commentator and a journalist. Harsha was born on 19th July 1961 in a Marathi-speaking family in Hyderabad, India.
Harsha Bhogle is a highly educated qualified person. After completing B.tech in chemical engineering, he joined the prestigious IIM Ahmedabad and MBA from there. After completing his MBA, he worked in several advertising agencies, which was followed by 2 years study of sports management.
In his childhood days, he used to play cricket for APCA. Then, he started commentating at the age of 19 for AIR. He was the first Indian commentator to be called by ABC for cover the Indian series in Australia, just before the 1992 world cup. He started becoming world renowned and had made his name in the commentary box. He has worked 8 years with BBC. Since 1995, he joined the elite panel of the ESPN STAR sports and presented cricket all over the world. He also has written several books, including the biography of Mohammad Azharuddin and a collection of columns in The Indian Express. He was the advisor to the Mumbai Indians in the year 2008. He was voted the favorite TV commentator based on a worldwide poll. His collections of articles are published in the book called Out of the box.
He, also, did commentary in the lucrative IPL. He started covering IPL from the 3 rd edition of the IPL. In 2016, he was removed by the BCCI from its elite panel of commentators due to allegations of over criticism of Indian cricketers. Even then people supported him, but BCCI felt his words to be too harsh. His style of commentating is highly intellectual and he paints wonderful pictures of the scenarios. He is such an experienced commentator and his dismissal from BCCI came as a shocker to him as well. After his dismissal, being the humble person he is, apologized and moved on gracefully.
After IPL dismissal
Then, he started writing blogs for various media houses and did many gigs. He came in contact with Cricbuzz and did few videos for them. His work after getting removed from commentary was liked by people and gained a huge fan base. His hard work was paying off, even if he was not commenting, he scripted such stories of the match that people started questioning his removal.
Comeback to IPL
In 2017, this year of IPL edition, he was called back again to do, what he does the best. He was given the opportunity to present the pre and post show in Hindi and also, to do commentary in Hindi. Being a gem of a person he is, he took the opportunity with both hands. Although his Hindi is not quite as good as English, he is doing a terrific job. This shows the effort the person has put in to improve his Hindi and pave way for future commentary gigs.
Harsha Bhogle is a legend
With all that he has done for India, he certainly can be called a legend. The legend, who was not treated respectfully by the BCCI. The behavior which was shown against him was totally uncalled for. Not hiring him to commentate for 1 year is a little harsh punishment to give for the crime he didn’t commit. It is now time that BCCI recognizes the worth of the person, who has made India proud all over the world and bring him back in the elite panel of the Indian Commentary team. The scenery of Indian Cricket feels incomplete without Harsha’s color in it.