Have no issue with answering how much cricket I have played: Harsha Bhogle
Bhogle's spat with Sanjay Manjrekar during the Kolkata Test grabbed the headlines.
Updated - Jan 6, 2020 7:47 pm
Ace cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle recently found himself at the centre of a controversy after his co-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar took a dig at the former’s lack of experience of playing cricket at the highest order. The incident happened when the two men had different takes on locating a scuffed-up ball at twilight of a day-night Test between India and Bangladesh in Kolkata recently. In the end, Manjrekar ended up mocking Bhogle’s non-cricketing past.
Manjrekar, who later apologised for his words, was of the opinion, during the match, that the players had little problem in seeing the ball. Bhogle, on the other hand, thought the opposite. Bhogle said the players’ opinion needed to be taken into consideration. But Manjrekar stated that since he has the experience of playing at the highest level and faced a scuffed-up ball as a batsman, he felt there was no visibility issue. “You might need to ask, Harsha. For us, who have played the game, get a fair idea of what is happening out there,” he said.
Brut India shared a video recently showing the cricket analyst speaking at a lecture organised by Manthan India. There, the 58-year-old said not many people know that he has played cricket at the university and senior-division level in Hyderabad, his home town, and while conceding that he was not good enough for national and international cricket, he has a fair grasp on the sport’s emotion.
He also said that he has no issue with answering how much cricket he has played.
A commentator is a story-teller, says Harsha Bhogle
“I have no issue with answering how much cricket I have played,” he said, adding that a commentator is a story-teller and not an instructor. “A story-teller can come from anywhere. But there is not a single non-cricketer player is being given opportunity these days,” he said.
Bhogle also recalled some of the great names that Indian cricket has produced who he said helped it to overcome odds like match-fixing scandal. He also urged people not to draw parallels between cricket and something like war. “Let’s not demean war,” he told the audience.