Mumbai: Indian cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle – whose IPL contract was terminated by the BCCI for the ongoing season – have been receiving a lot of support from fans in social media. On Monday, the 54-year-old expressed his feelings on his official Facebook page.
Bhogle, the voice of Indian cricket for years, isn’t comfortable with all the limelight and he said he prefers being a story-teller and not the story itself.
“I must confess I am a little uncomfortable with all the attention I have been getting recently. I am just a cricket commentator. I go to a cricket match, tell the story of what happened, look for joy within it if possible and come back feeling blessed to have had the opportunity. I tell the story, I am not the story,” he wrote.
Apart from his cricketing circles, people from all age-groups (including the ones he doesn’t know personally) messaged him after the news.
“I am overwhelmed that people who don't know me have taken the trouble to express their views on the matter. Young men and women who are my children's age have offered me advice. Famous people and simple cricket lovers have gone on public platforms. And I have been particularly touched by the people who say they don't rate me as a commentator but who speak out in my favour (that you may disagree with people but fight for their right to have an opinion was an attitude injected into me very early in life),” he added.
The man, who coined golden one-liners like: “It’s pretty unusual to see Jonty (Rhodes) walk down the stairs, I thought he might slide down them,” will be missed in the IPL.
“I don't know what lies ahead. I have a contract with Star Sports with whom I share an excellent relationship. It is the reason why I don't have to do the IPL. I do it because I genuinely like the cricket on offer, I want to be part of cricket's laboratory to see what is brewing. It is a fantastic tournament. I still don't know why I am not doing the IPL,” he concluded.