Harsha Bhogle has always been one of the favorite voices of cricket lovers on the microphone.
After having stayed away from the commentary box for the past 14 months, Bhogle has returned to the commentary box for India vs West Indies ODI series. India will play 5 ODIs, the first of which was called off due to rain, along with a lone T20 game. This series is also very important for Virat Kohli, since it is the first after the Kohli-Kumble fiasco and focus on cricket is badly needed.
Bhogle had been unceremoniously removed from the commentary panel for more than a year by the BCCI for reasons which were never disclosed. He was last seen at the commentary box in the finals of the World T20 in 2016, at the Eden Gardens. But he remained active on social media, and kept writing articles for espn. The 55-year-old took to Twitter to announce his return to commentary.
“I go from here to the West Indies. Am looking forward to hosting cricket and doing commentary from there. Your support has meant a lot to me,” he tweeted.
The Hyderabad born commentator hasn’t played competitive cricket but is regarded as a cricket pundit for his sharp knowledge and fondness for the sport. According to reports Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and India captain, MS Dhoni were not too happy with Bhogle’s work. Amitabh on twitter had expressed that some of the commentators appreciate foreign players more than the Indian players, and it was assumed that the tweet was directed to Bhogle. Dhoni replied to Bacchan’s tweet by writing “nothing to add”.
It was then widely assumed that Bhogle was sacked due to this. And when that happened, Bhogle posted a long message on his Facebook saying that the “players create the stories and we are merely storytellers”.