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Harsha Bhogle

  • Nick name

    Harsha
  • Bio

    Harsha has a long association with ESPN STAR Sports. Since 1994, Harsha has been the face of cricket on ESPN and STAR Sports, and STAR Cricket.
  • Favourite team/sport

    Cricket
  • Did you know?

    There's a tape at ESPN of Harsha Bhogle singing. It's not a pleasant listen!
  • Programme credit

    Live Cricket, Harsha UnPlugged; plus Dream Job and the Schools Quiz.
  • Full Biography

    Harsha Bhogle has a long association with ESPN STAR Sports. Since 1994, Harsha has been the face of cricket on ESPN and STAR Sports, and, of course, STAR Cricket.

    A presenter and internationally renowned commentator for cricket, Harsha currently fronts & commentates on all STAR Cricket & ESPN's Live Cricket output and hosts the widely acclaimed Harsha UnPlugged. In the past, Harsha has hosted numerous ESPN magazine shows such as Inside Edge, Cricket Up-Close, Dream Job in addition to the original cricket quiz show, Stumped.

    PRE ESPN STAR Sports:

    Having graduated with a distinction in chemical engineering from Osmania University in 1983, the Hyderabad born Harsha followed that with two years at IIM Ahmedabad. He also obtained an advanced diploma in French (with distinction) in 1979. He joined Rediffusion Advertising in 1985 as an advertising executive and worked there for two and a half years before working with Professional Management Group for an equal period.

    HARSHA'S PLAYING DAYS:

    Harsha played cricket for his school in the senior division in Hyderabad for three years and represented Osmania University in the All-India Inter University Cricket Tournament. He was later captain of the IIM-A cricket team. His cricketing talents are not restricted to on-field skills; Harsha is widely respected as the voice and the face of Indian cricket and Wisden said his "views on Indian cricket demand attention".

    HARSHA THE JOURNALIST:

    As a journalist and presenter, Harsha has been invited to work with all the major global broadcast networks. Indeed, leading Australian newspaper, The Melbourne Age said his presence helped boost the ratings of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's cricket coverage.

    HARSHA - MULTI-MEDIA:

    In today's multi-media environment, Harsha is the only Indian sports personality to be accepted internationally across all media; whether it be TV, newspaper or magazine journalism, radio reporting and commentary, or broadcasting for the Internet and mobile platforms. In addition, he hosts live shows, has written two books and works, in a consultative capacity, with leading Indian companies

    Harsha Bhogle was voted by Gentleman Magazine as one of "50 men you want to know better", and by Outlook as one of "eight people who have changed the way their profession is perceived". He has also been the subject of special profiles in India Today, The Week, Cosmopolitan and a large number of other publications.

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    Question & Answer with Harsha Bhogle

    Q: How would you describe your (working) self?

    HB: WHEN I FIRST GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A COMMENTATOR AT THIS LEVEL, I WAS EXCITED AS A LITTLE KID. AND I AM STILL JUST AS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT PRESENTING AND DOING COMMENTARY ON CRICKET. I'D LIKE TO THINK I AM PROFESSIONAL AND HUMBLE ABOUT WHAT I DO, OFTEN THE TWO WORDS GO TOGETHER, AND I BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE WHO WORKS ON A LIVE TELECAST HAS, NECESSARILY, TO BE A TEAM PLAYER.

    Q: How did you come to be in your current position in your broadcasting career?

    HB: BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME TO START OFF WITH, AND THEN BY BELIEVING THAT EVERY DAY AND EVERY PEFORMANCE HAS TO BE THE BEST I AM CAPABLE OF. IT'S FUNNY BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS WATCHING WHAT AND WHERE YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT.

    Q: What is your favourite sport outside of the one you are best known for?

    HB: SINCE I HOSTED THE (FIFA) WORLD CUP OF 2006, I FIND THAT I AM WATCHING MORE FOOTBALL. BUT BEING INDIAN, THERE ISN'T MUCH TIME OUTSIDE OF CRICKET!

    Q: How do you relax when you are not working?

    HB: I DON'T KNOW. LEARNING TO RELAX IS ACTUALLY TOP PRIORITY FOR ME!

    Q: Who was the biggest influence on your life - either within your career or outside?

    HB: INITIALLY FAMILY. MOST OF THE BREAKS I GOT WERE BECAUSE THEY PUSHED ME RATHER THAN OUT OF MY INITIATIVE. I WAS LUCKY TO WORK WITH A FEW OUTSTANDING PRODUCERS EARLY IN MY CAREER, PEOPLE WHO SUGGESTED I COULD DO MORE THAN I THOUGHT I WAS CAPABLE OF. BUT REALLY, NOBODY IN THE LAST FIFTEEN YEARS HAS HAD A GREATER INFLUENCE IN THE WAY I THINK THAN MY WIFE, ANITA. SHE'S BEST FRIEND AND CHIEF ADVISOR!

    Q: Who is the most memorable individual you have met during your playing or working life?

    HB: MANY. AZHARUDDIN EARLY IN HIS CAREER, SOURAV GANGULY, RAHUL DRAVID AND ANIL KUMBLE AND THE JOY OF WATCHING VVS LAXMAN PLAY A FEW SIGNATURE INNINGS. BUT AS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS HAD TO LIVE ALL HIS LIVE IN THE GLARE OF PUBLIC SCRUTINY, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE SACHIN TENDULKAR.

    Q: Do you/did you have a nickname?

    HB: FUNNILY NO. IN FACT WHILE A LOT OF PEOPLE MIMIC COMMENTATORS, I HAVEN'T HEARD ONE OF THOSE EITHER.

    Q: Tell us something we may not know about you.

    HB: HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR CRICKET, I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO BE A SINGER WRITING MY OWN LINES. PROBLEM IS, I CAN'T SING TO SAVE MY LIFE AS ONE, HIGHLY CLASSIFIED PIECE ON TAPE IN ESPNSTAR, WILL TESTIFY!

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