The famous Indian commentator, Harsha Bhogle, born on July 19 in Hyderabad is celebrating his 58th birthday today. The chemical engineer and IIM Graduate, fluent in English, is regarded as ‘Voice of India’. Adam Gilchrist once called him ‘India’s Richie Benaud equivalent and the guru of cricket from India’.
Here are some famous quotes from Harsha Bhogle during the cricket commentary
“Eruption of joy at the fall of an Indian wicket can only mean one thing.” Harsha Bhogle on Tendulkar’s arrival on the crease in a Test match.
“There is only one man who can hit better shot than Tendulkar and that’s Tendulkar himself.” When Tendulkar played back to back cover drives in a similar direction during his knock of 122 against England in 1996.
“This is Yuvraj unleashed. Absolutely unleashed.” Harsha on Yuvraj during his 70 runs against Australia in World T20 semi-final.
“6 and 4 seems to be the new binary code for this man.” On Gayle’s power-hitting 175 against Pune in IPL.
“I think he is waiting for tomorrow’s newspaper to declare him out.” During the famous Sydney test when Clarke was waiting for umpire’s decision after nicking the ball.
“We have a surgeon at one end and a butcher at the other.” When Tendulkar and Dhoni were batting together during Tendulkar’s double hundred in ODIs in Gwalior.
“Is there a more calming sight in the world than Rahul Dravid taking guard?” When Rahul Dravid took the guard during one of his test innings.
“Pujara is a classical musician in the era of Yo Yo Honey Singh.” On Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting.
“Anil Kumble has scored his 1st century. This is the most romantic moment in Indian cricket.” On Anil Kumble’s maiden test century against England in 2007
“Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts. We are ready for the take-off.“ On AB de Villiers’ explosive start in an IPL game.
“Symonds looks like a child whose chocolate has been taken away.” When Andrew Symond’s LBW appeal against Tendulkar was turned down by the umpire.
“You almost got an orgasm there” Harsha Bhogle, when Gavaskar was praising Rahul Dravid for ample of time to tackle a ball in Tests.
“He just loves to storm through. I guess if he had a car, he would probably start it in 4th gear.” On Glenn Maxwell’s batting style.
“Adelaide is in Australia just on the map, otherwise it is just India and Pakistan.” During the India-Pakistan World Cup match at Adelaide in 2015.
“Open the textbook and turn to page 32.” When Tendulkar punched the straight drive off Ishant Sharma in an IPL game.
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