‘Felt so much closer to the game’ – Sachin Tendulkar lauds Harsha Bhogle on the latter’s 59th birthday

‘Felt so much closer to the game’ – Sachin Tendulkar lauds Harsha Bhogle on the latter’s 59th birthday

Bhogle also reverted Tendulkar with a classy reply.

Sachin Tendulkar and Harsha Bhogle
Sachin Tendulkar and Harsha Bhogle. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Indian cricket has been a witness to a number of players, who went on to choose commentary as a profession in the second innings of their career. Even as they shone, one person, named Harsha Bhogle, managed to hog the limelight, despite playing cricket not being his profession. He isn’t flashy by any stretch of the imagination, yet he manages to impress his listeners with his charm and aura.

He has a great presence of mind and is a loved character around the world. Last year, when he had an ugly spat with Sanjay Manjrekar during India’s Day-Night Test against Bangladesh, the netizens supported him and lashed out at his fellow commentator. The veteran started commentating from the age of 19 with All India Radio while living in Hyderabad and he didn’t look back from then.

Bhogle excelled in his academic career as well, having received his PGDM from Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. In the meantime, the enigmatic figure has turned 59 years old, but is still going great guns in the commentary box. On the auspicious occasion, the cricketing fraternity wished him. Even the legendary Sachin Tendulkar dropped in a heartfelt tweet for Bhogle.

Sachin took to Twitter and wrote, “Your commentary and sharp insights have always added so much perspective to the game of cricket. It has always made the fans feel so much more closer to the game. Wishing you a very happy birthday Harsha!”

Here’s Sachin Tendulkar’s tweet

Bhogle took note of Sachin’s wishes and praised the Master Blaster for letting his bat speak. He replied to Bhogle and wrote, “Blessed. Your bat spoke, the rest were just add-on words…..”

Here’s Bhogle’s reply

Sachin’s career was an illustrious one as well. In India’s 1989 tour of Pakistan, he made his debut. In the same tour, he copped a blow on the nose and bled profusely. However, instead of giving up, he came out to bat and that marked the start on a glorious journey.

Having scored more than 34,000 runs at the highest level along with 100 centuries and 164 half-centuries, he has carved himself as one of the greats of the game. He last played for India against the West Indies in 2013. Moreover, he has a century for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.