Harsha Bhogle - a young lad born and brought up in a Marathi family in Hyderabad. Never would have anyone imagined that he would reach such great heights in cricket and would work with icons like Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar, not on the field, but off it.
It is not possible for everyone to step up to the big stage so fast especially in the media, in a field where there is so much competition. But Bhogle is an exception, his fine skills and marvellous body language helped him breeze through the initial stages of his career.
After his first break in the Australia, during the 1992 cricket World Cup, his road of success had begun. His team work and corporation made him a favourite among his colleagues and his performances in various television shows helped him gain popularity outside the office too.
His biggest weapon of success was observation. While commentating in a cricket match, he has the skill to absorb the viewer's attention to keen, minor events in a match and his presentation skills are his backbone of popularity.
His popularity increased after he started working with ESPN Star as a commentator. The way he mingled with his fellow colleagues and discussed the tactics in the commentary box showed how well he understood the game despite never playing cricket at the professional level.
All this success has come through his great skill for understanding the minutest features of the game and presenting them in such a wonderful manner. For this skill, he was voted ESPN CricInfo ‘Best cricket Journalist’ as well. Harsha Bhogle has been a symbol of media’s influence in sports and is also an inspiration for other aspiring sports journalists.
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