Renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle has given us innumerable verbal gems that really prove the man’s wit and humour. The IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus can literally be called the ‘Voice of Cricket’ in India as his voice has become synonymous with the sport that is cherished by all in the country.
This eminent personality will not adorn his place in the commentary box in this season’s IPL as the BCCI terminated his contract for reasons still unknown. Netizens protested against the move and started a campaign on social media to bring their favourite commentator back to the IPL.
Harsha Bhogle enjoys a huge fan base and it is some of his words which still reverberate in every cricket lover’s mind. Here are 30 gems from the man himself
1. On a flawless Sachin Tendulkar century
When Sachin Tendulkar scored a magnificent hundred,
“Touch of class and a stamp of authority”
2. To fellow commentator Geoffrey Boycott
Commentator Geoffrey Boycott once said "Sachin may be a great batsman but he never got his name at the Lord's honour board." Harsha Bhogle responded with a witty reply,
"So whose loss is it, Sachin's or the honour boards'?"
3. On Sachin Tendulkar’s straight drive
When the maestro hit a delectable straight drive off Ishant Sharma’s bowling in the IPL,
"Open the textbook and turn to page 32."
4. On Sachin Tendulkar’s arrival to the crease
When Sachin came out to bat in a test in India,
“Eruption of joy at the fall of an Indian wicket can only mean one thing.”
5. On Sachin getting a wicket in his penultimate test match
When Sachin got Shane Shillingford LBW in during the Indian's 199th test at the Eden Gardens,
“Long before umpire Nigel Llong gave that out, 50,000 people in the crowd did.”
6. Once again on Sachin Tendulkar’s straight drive
When Sachin hit one of his trademark straight drives, Harsha uttered,
“When Sachin hits a straight drive, the world seems all the more beautiful.”