Harsha Bhogle (born 19 July 1961) is an Indian cricket commentator and journalist.[1] Bhogle has cemented his reputation as being a personality in the global cricket broadcasting industry.

Harsha Bhogle
Bhogle in October 2014
Born (1961-07-19) 19 July 1961 (age 62)
EducationOsmania University, Hyderabad
IIM Ahmedabad
Occupation(s)TV commentator and presenter
SpouseAnita Bhogle

Early life edit

Bhogle was born into a Marathi-speaking family in Hyderabad.[2] He is the son of Achyut D. Bhogle, a professor of French language, and Shalini Bhogle, a professor of psychology. During an interview with The Grade Cricketer podcast, Bhogle revealed that his mother's family was originally from Lahore and she migrated to India as a child during the partition, in the middle of 1947. He attended Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, and subsequently earned a B.Tech. degree in chemical engineering from Osmania University's College of Technology in Hyderabad. He received a PGDM (largely equivalent to an MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He then joined an advertising agency for which he worked for two years, following which he served another two years at a sports management company.

Career edit

Early on, Bhogle played A Div cricket in Hyderabad and represented Osmania University at the Rohinton Baria Tournament. He started commentating at the age of 19 with All India Radio, while living in Hyderabad. In 1991–92, he became the first Indian commentator to be invited by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation during India's cricket series before the 1992 Cricket World Cup. 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'[by whom?] commentary team that included Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, and Alan Wilkins along with Geoff Boycott and Navjot Singh Sidhu, for a few seasons, and later, Ian Chappell and Sanjay Manjrekar.

He covered the 2011–12 series in Australia solely for ABC Radio.[citation needed]

Bhogle has been covering all Indian Premier League seasons since 2009. He was dropped from the commentary team by BCCI in April 2016 due to alleged criticism from Indian players.[citation needed]

He has hosted television programs such as Harsha Online, Harsha Unplugged and School Quiz Olympiad for ESPN and Star Sports.

Bhogle had a Television programme named after him, "Harsha ki khoj"(lit.'Harsha's search'), that strove to find broadcasting talent in India.

Bhogle expanded his online presence by hosting Out of the Box with Harsha Bhogle on YouTube.[3]

Bhogle was voted the favourite TV cricket commentator by Cricinfo users based on a worldwide poll.[4] Bhogle has also anchored BBC's travel serial Travel India and Business Today Acumen Business Quiz and Debate competitions.

Bhogle was the advisor to the Mumbai Indians for the 2008 IPL.[5]

Bhogle has published and authored a number of books, including a biography of Mohammad Azharuddin and a collection of columns in The Indian Express, Out of the Box – Watching the Game We Love and is also a columnist for the Chennai-based "The Sportstar" a subsidiary of The Hindu group of Publications under the title "Hitting Hard" by Bhogle. (2009). Bhogle has presented the program Travel India: With Harsha Bhogle on the Discovery channel and TLC.

In the 2011 World Cup held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he anchored the pre and post match shows that featured Simon Hughes, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sunil Gavaskar, Tony Greig and Sourav Ganguly.

In 2013, he was given the seat in commentary by Ian Bishop to conduct the final interviews when Sachin Tendulkar played his final test.[6]

Bhogle currently hosts a weekly show called "This Week's Special" aired on Star Sports. The show takes the viewers back in time to make them relive cricketing memories from the past. The first episode was aired from 1 October 2015. On 10 April 2016 His IPL contract as a commentator was terminated. The decision came as a surprise for the voice of Indian cricket since he had conducted the Season 9 draft auction, featured in the league's promotional videos, was in the commentators’ 51-day-long duty roster, and even had his flight booked by the production house. Board (BCCI) officials said Bhogle had an angry exchange with a cricket official at the venue as he wanted him to open the door, and this reached the Nagpur-based BCCI president Shashank Manohar. Those in the know said this incident was the trigger that resulted in Bhogle losing out.[7]

He has been a part of Times Group subsidiary Cricbuzz since 2016 and writes articles as well as doing video analyses with them.[citation needed]

Bhogle is currently one of the Board of Governors of IIM Udaipur.[8]

On 16 May 2019, he was named among the 24 commentators for the 2019 ICC World Cup held in England and Wales.[9]

During the 2nd test of Bangladesh's tour of India, the 1st D/N test of both Indian and Bangladeshi cricket teams, a few Bangladeshi batsmen were struck by the pink ball. Bhogle raised concerns about the visibility of the ball, with Sanjay Manjrekar, his fellow commentator, replying that only people like Bhogle would need to ask such questions as they have not played at that level. This on-air spat raised many eyebrows.

Books edit

Bhogle and his wife Anita have written books titled The Winning Way and The Winning Way 2.0 based on their business knowledge drawn from the sporting world.[10] He has also authored a biography of Mohammad Azharuddin, and published a collection of articles in a book called Out of the Box.

The Winning Way edit

The Winning Way
AuthorHarsha Bhogle,
Anita Bhogle
GenreSports Management
PublisherWestland And Tranquebar Press
Published in English
May 1, 2011

The Winning Way is a 2011 debut book by Harsha Bhogle and Anita Bhogle, published by Westland And Tranquebar Press.[11] It is Harsha's first book published as an author.[12] The pair stated that the book took them two years to write, with The Hindu calling it "lively".[13]

The Winning Way is a management advice book that focuses on what comprises a successful athlete and shows how management teams could apply that to their work force. The Hindu reviewed the book, calling it a "right pick as a playbook for managers."[14] Business Today praised the book, saying it "captures the essence of values in sport, values that make champion players and champion teams".[15]

Personal life edit

Bhogle is married to Anita,[16] his classmate from IIM Ahmedabad, and they live in Mumbai with their two adult sons.[17] Bhogle has been a vegetarian since age 17.[18]

The couple run a sport-based communication consultancy called Prosearch.[19]

References edit

  1. ^ "Harsha Bhogle: About Harsha Bhogle, News and Photos on Harsha Bhogle - The Indian Express". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Harsha Bhogle Profile".
  3. ^ "Indian Cricket Commentators | Cricket Tweets, Blogs – Official Website Harsha Bhogle". Harsha Bhogle. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Bhogle, Shastri, Benaud voted favourite commentators". Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Harsha Bhogle appointed as Mumbai IPL team advisor". Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  6. ^ Cricbuzz (26 November 2016), Episode 1: The Little Master Bids Goodbye (English version), archived from the original on 22 December 2021, retrieved 17 January 2018
  7. ^ "Harsha Bhogle off air for IPL 2016, says 'no one told me anything'". The Indian Express. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Vision, Knowledge, Leadership". IIMU. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  9. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 announces most advanced Cricket World Cup coverage to date". www.icc-cricket.com. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  10. ^ Vembu, Venky. "Sports meets biz". @businessline. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  11. ^ Corporates can learn from Team India: Anita & Harsha Bhogle Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine MSN India
  12. ^ "Anita & Harsha Bhogle unveils their first book 'The Winning Way'". BestMediaInfo.com.
  13. ^ Winning and how! The Hindu
  14. ^ Check if you are a Sachin or a Sourav The Hindu
  15. ^ Going beyond talent Business Today
  16. ^ Jadhav, Prashant (24 May 2011). "Launch of Harsha Bhogle and wife Anita's book on cricket". DNA India. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  17. ^ Rajamani, Radhika (31 March 2004). "Shots of life: Catch Harsha Bhogle unplugged over soup and salad". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 27 September 2004. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  18. ^ "Top 16 Indian Celebrities That Avoid Meat". wirally.com. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  19. ^ "About Us | Prosearch". www.prosearch.in. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Harsha Bhogle". ESPN Star Sports. Archived from the original on 22 April 2012.

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