The list of familiar names who will not be a part of the ninth season of Indian Premier League just had a new addition. The domestic Twenty20 extravaganza that kicked off on Saturday will not have the voice of commentator Harsha Bhogle calling the action.
According to a report in the Indian Express, Bhogle's contract for the IPL has been terminated and the commentator, who has been involved with the IPL since its inception, was told about his exclusion only a week ago and wasn't even provided with an explanation.
“No one told me anything. I have not been formally told of the reason even now. All I have been told is ‘it is a BCCI management decision’,” the report quoted Bhogle as saying.
Bhogle himself was looking forward to taking part in his "favourite tournament".
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 9, 2016
Twitter has been abuzz with reaction to the development as Harsha Bhogle, the man who boasts over 3 million followers, is considered a fan favourite.
Here's a selection of the best reaction:
There was, of course, disappointment with people tweeting with hashtags #BringBackHarsha and #NoHarshaNoIPL.
Bring back Harsha Bhogle!He is the only commentator who praises a single taken by a newcomer as if he has hit a boundary!Always encouraging!
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) April 10, 2016
Harsha Bhogle is a world class cricket commentator. The decision to terminate his contract is foolish, and does... https://t.co/soGb4THVTk
— Pranay Gupte (@PranayGupte) April 10, 2016
— Amitabh Kant (@amitabhk87) April 10, 2016
I was a nervous wreck while hosting IPL3, it was @bhogleharsha who dragged me to the commentary box to observe &learn. Miss u on the mic sir
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) April 10, 2016
Being an avid cricket fan,will surely miss @bhogleharsha not on the Mike. BCCI think again! He is a star commentator and knowledgable too.
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 10, 2016
Whether it is Big B or MSD's tweet.
Or, some officious official.
Harsha Bhogle is an ace commentator and a good man.
His ouster is pure EGO.
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) April 10, 2016
Ugly attack on FoE by Republic of BCCI/IPL as @bhogleharsha our best prof commentator, given out: ct Dhoni, bowled Big-B. Hope fans protest
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) April 10, 2016
— Rofl Gandhi Angel (@RoflGandhi_) April 10, 2016
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) April 10, 2016
No Harsha. No Cozier. No mentions of big three takeover. No mentions of match fixing. TV cricket comms now completely for the boards.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) April 10, 2016
Some reactions went a bit over the top, to be honest.
Call an all party meet, declare emergency, send war alert to our forces, ban communications because Harsha Bhogle is sacked as a commentator
— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) April 10, 2016
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 10, 2016
As always, there was no shortage of humour and satire on Twitter, with people taking potshots at Amitabh Bachchan for a tweet during World T20.
Amitabh Bachchan is so powerful, he couldn't save his son's career but managed to sink Harsha Bhogle's :p
— Ray Ban (@Purba_Ray) April 10, 2016
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted about Harsha Bhogle and he got sacked from IPL. He should also tweet about Abhishek Bachchan.
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) April 10, 2016
Harsha Bhogle lost his Job.
Kids It doesn't matter How good you are at your job more important is you must be Friends with Your Boss's Son.
— TheFrustratedIndian (@FrustIndian) April 10, 2016
IPL should get back Harsha Bhogle into the commentary box & drop Sidhu instead.
Value will go up, and more importantly, volume will go down.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 10, 2016
Maybe Harsha Bhogle refused to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai on commentary.
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) April 10, 2016
BCCI sacked Harsha bhogle because he praised opponents? then every foreign commentator would've lost their job for praising Sachin for 20yrs
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) April 10, 2016
Harsha Bhogle must be feeling like that police officer, who got suspended because he did his duty honestly.
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) April 10, 2016
Harsha Bhogle is that guy whose girlfriend broke up with him just because he complimented the good looks of some other girl in front of her.
— Chugalkhor Angel (@ChugalkhorBanda) April 10, 2016
— Stereotypewriter (@babumoshoy) April 10, 2016
The man himself tweeted his thanks for the support and in his own style, put things into perspective.
Thank you very much. I am deeply moved and overwhelmed.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 10, 2016
When people go to a temple and do not return, it puts personal disappointments into perspective. #Kollam
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 10, 2016