New Delhi: Famous commentator Harsha Bhogle has undoubtedly been one of the most recognisable voices in Indian cricket ever. His voice has become almost synonymous with the game for millions of cricket lovers across India. Moreover, he enjoys a support base that cuts across generations.
Unfortunately though, this eminent voice will not be heard from the commentary box in the IPL season 10 after his name was excluded from the BCCI's list of 20 commentators for the cash-rich tournment starting today.
A graduate from IIM Ahmedabad, Bhogle chose cricket commentary instead of a conventional career and now enjoys a huge fan base.
Here are 10 one-liners and quick metaphors by Harsha that prove that he is one of the most intelligent commentators ever.
When Boycott undervalued Tendulkar
Geoffrey Boycott: “Sachin maybe a great batsmen but he has never been on the Lord’s honours boards!”
Harsha Bhogle: “So whose loss is it more, Sachin’s or the honours board’s?”
After Dhoni hit a boundary off Mitchell Starc
Harsha Bhogle: “He had all the time in the world. He could have read a newspaper.”
His words for Chris Gayle during an IPL match
“6 and 4 seems to have become the new binary code for this man (Chris Gayle).”
Harsha taking a jibe at Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly: “To be honest, I really enjoy hearing you talk about the game Harsha. So much passion, so much in touch with the game. You’ve been around for a while though.”
Harsha Bhogle: “But I never took my shirt off.”
When Virender Sehwag got lucky multiple times against New Zealand
“It’s that kind of a day. Sehwag can walk blindfolded across a busy highway today and not get run over.”
About Glenn Maxwell’s devastating batting form
“He just loves to storm through. I guess if he had a car, he would probably start it in 4th gear.”
Commenting on one of Sachin’s tons
“Touch of class and a stamp of authority.”
Taking a jibe at Michael Clarke who was waiting for umpire’s decision after getting caught at slip
“I think he is waiting for tomorrow’s newspaper to declare him out.”
During Master Blaster’s last test match
“Sachin playing well and looking very positive. I think that couple of fours he hit settled the nerves. Don’t know about his nerves, I am talking about the nerves of each and every person in the crowd.”
When Dhoni lost tosses one after another
“MS Dhoni has yet again called for heads to the coin which has two tails."