IPL 2017: Harsha Bhogle likely to be seen in TV studios offering analysis, claim reports
Harsha Bhogle was part of the first eight editions of IPL but was conspicuous by his absence in the commentary box during IPL-9.
A year after his unceremonious ouster from the Indian Premier League (IPL) commentary box, Harsha Bhogle will be seen in the TV studio with the official broadcaster offering match analysis during the 10th edition of IPL, if media reports are to be believed.
With Ramiz Raja, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar unavailable for the tournament owing to the strained relations between India and Pakistan, Bhogle is primed for a comeback into the IPL fold, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror. Bhogle is also in contention due to the upheaval in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which has led to those who had issues with Bhogle losing their power.
The report added that while Bhogle wants to commentate than just talking from the studio, the chances of that happening are remote as of now. Broadcasters Sony, BCCI and Bhogle all chose not to comment on the issue.
The seasoned commentator was last heard on air as a commentator during the World Twenty20s which was held in India between March and April last year. The 55-year-old was part of the first eight editions of IPL but was conspicuous by his absence in the commentary box during IPL 9.
Back then, Bhogle had tweeted: “Would have been nice to be part of @IPL again. Was in fact looking forward to it. Favourite tournament. Hope #IPL9 is a blockbuster.”
It is believed that a tweet from Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, which was retweeted by India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was one of the main reasons for his ouster. What also went against Bhogle was a complaint from senior Indian players.
T 2184 - With all due respects, it would be really worthy of an Indian commentator to speak more about our players than others all the time.
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 23, 2016
RCB finished third in the points table behind Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings and are slated to take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator on Monday.
Needing 13 off the last over, Dhoni hit a square cut, got a bit of luck going his way and then pulled DC's best bowler Tom Curran for the most celebrated T20 boundary of recent times.
The Governing Council of the IPL had issued the 'Invitation to Tender' (ITT) document on payment of the non-refundable tender fee of Rs 10 lakh on August 31. It had earlier extended the date till 10 October.