'Leave my job alone' - Harsha Bhogle responds hilariously after Ravichandran Ashwin extends birthday wishes to him

‘Leave my job alone’ – Harsha Bhogle responds hilariously after Ravichandran Ashwin extends birthday wishes to him

Ashwin, in the absence of international action during COVID-19 pandemic, has been quite active on social media.

Harsha Bhogle and Ravi Ashwin
Harsha Bhogle and Ravi Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Fondly known as the ‘Voice of Indian cricket’, Harsha Bhogle celebrated his 59th birthday on July 19 (Sunday). Bhogle started commentating at the age of 19 for the All India Radio and eventually paved his way to becoming a household name across the nation. There have been many cricketing instances where Bhogle’s commentary quotes have added a new ‘enhanced’ flavour to them.

Bhogle, all across the world, is hailed for his immense knowledge and passion for the sport. Plying his trade over many decades, Bhogle has etched a unique identity for himself in the world of commentary. On the occasion of Bhogle’s 59th birthday, a plethora of cricketers and fans poured in wishes for the veteran commentator.

Keep spinning that ball Ashwin: Harsha Bhogle

India’s Test mainstay Ravichandran Ashwin also took it to Twitter to extend birthday wishes to Bhogle. “Many more happy returns of the day @bhogleharsha, have a great day and beyond,” wrote the spinner.

However, Bhogle had a hilarious reply under his sleeve. The veteran commentator, while thanking Ashwin for his birthday wishes, urged the offie to stick to bowling and stay away from his (commentator’s) job. “Thank you, Ashwin… Watching so much of you during this lockdown…Keep spinning that ball and leave my job alone,” responded Bhogle.

Ashwin, in the absence of international action during COVID-19 pandemic, has been quite active on social media. Along with Q&As on Twitter, Ashwin has also been conducting many interviews and quizzes on his YouTube channel. Ashwin’s recent surge in such activities led to Bhogle taking a sly dig at him.

Bhogle, who is loved by millions for his booming and distinct voice, was the first Indian commentator to be invited by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio to commentate during India-Australia series in 1992. Along with working for ABC during the 1992 World Cup, Bhogle also was a vital part of BBC’s commentary team during the 1996 and 1999 World Cup events.

Ashwin, meanwhile, has been spending time home when the sporting scenario in India is at a halt. He was all set to ply his trade for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the thirteenth edition of the IPL. However, the tournament was postponed indefinitely in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. But according to reports, the much-awaited league is slated to be organized in the UAE between September and November this year.