10 famous quotes by commentator Harsha Bhogle: A chemical engineer and an IIM student turned into a commentator, yes you read that right. Harsha Bhogle has a degree of chemical engineering and later on, he did PGDM at IIM, Ahmedabad but as a cricket enthusiast and to make a contribution for it, he left his high paying job because he was from IIM, Ahmedabad and started to work for an advertising agency.
He started his career as a commentator at the age of 19 with the All India Radio and in 1991-92, he became the first Indian commentator to be invited by Australian Broadcasting Corporation ahead of 1992 cricket World Cup for one of India’s series. He has since worked for ABC Radio Grandstand during India’s Australian tours, and for eight years worked for the BBC as part of their commentary team in the 1996 and the 1999 Cricket World Cups. Since 1995, he has been presenting live cricket from all around the world for ESPN STAR Sports and was part of the ‘Few Good Men’ commentary team that included Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, and Alan Wilkins along with Geoff Boycott and Navjot Singh Sidhu, for few seasons, and later, Ian Chappell and Sanjay Manjrekar.
Harsha has been covering all Indian Premier League seasons since 2009 and is an expert cricket analyst on CNN-IBN. He has hosted television programs such as Harsha Online, Harsha Unplugged and School Quiz Olympiad for ESPN and Star Sports. Harsha had a Television programme named after him, “Harsha ki khoj”/”Hunt of Harsha”, that started to find broadcasting talent in India. Bhogle was voted the favourite TV cricket commentator by Cricinfo users based on a worldwide poll. Harsha Bhogle has also anchored BBC’s travel serial Travel India and Business Today Acumen Business Quiz and Debate competitions.
- On the West Indies hard-hitter Chris Gayle:
“6 and 4 seems to be the new binary code for this man.”
- On Cheteshwar Pujara when he was batting in a T20 match:
“Pujara is the classical musician in the era of Yo Yo Honey Singh”
- On his comparison with Sachin Tendulkar:
“If I cannot be Tendulkar then Tendulkar can also not be me.”
- On AB de Villiers when he had started hitting from first ball once:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, fasten your seat belts. We are ready for the take-off.”
- On the wall of India named Rahul Dravid:
“Ask him to walk on water and he will ask, how many kilometers?”
- On Sachin Tendulkar’s straight drive:
“Open the textbook, turn to page 32!”
- On Pakistani wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal’s habit of dropping catches:
“When Akmal keeps a catch down, it is not unknown.”
- On umpire Rudi Koertzen’s smile:
“Last time Rudi Koertzen smiled, there was piece in West Asia.”
- On Ravindra Jadeja’s fielding:
“When Sir Ravindra Jadeja gets bored, he starts hitting the stumps.”
- On Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement day:
“You were a great habit, Sachin.”