Best of Harsha Bhogle

Via Indian Express

To be fair, Bhogle has been one of the most recognisable voices in Indian cricket from his days with All India Radio to rise with TV commentary. And he has the knack of using apt metaphors and witty one-liners to put his point across.

Harsha to Geoffrey Boycott on Sachin Tendulkar’s Lord’s record

During the lunch time show after Sachin’s last Test innings at Lord’s.

Geoffrey Boycott : “Sachin maybe a great batsmen but he has never been on the Lords honours boards!”

Harsha Bhogle : “So whose loss is it more, Sachin’s or the honours board’s?”

India vs England at the Champions Trophy at Edgebaston in 2013 

Michael Atherton: It is England but India has more support in the stadium, and the pitch is completely assisting your spinners. Says a lot about our hospitality, right?

Harsha Bhogle: Well, we let you rule our nation for so many years. Says a lot about our hospitality, right?

Harsha Bhogle on Chris Gayle’s style of play during the IPL

Harsha Bhogle: “6 and 4 seems to have become the new binary code for this man (Chris Gayle).”

After Sachin Tendulkar played a trademark, glorious drive off Ishant Sharma in the IPL

Harsha Bhogle: “Open the textbook, turn to page 32!”

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IND V BNG: LAST BALL !!

March 25, 2016, ICC World T20, India.

Srinivas Nyapathy Writes,

See how close the bat is to the ball…This is how close Bangladesh came to beat India that night. If the batsman had gotten even a faint edge, the ball would have raced to the boundry.

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A Message to Rahim and B’desh

March 24, 2016, ICC World T20, India, Srinivas Nyapathy Writes,
“Dont give up before you win. Dont celebrate before u finish”

How Dhoni strategised the last wicket off the last ball and executed the runout is just amazing, shows he still has his coolness intact. Unbelievable victory from the jaws of defeat for india, sends B’desh crashing out of the Worldcup 2016.

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Wonder how and when Mushfiqur Rahim’s tsunami passion for bdesh translates to victories for them, instead of being their undoing. In a scenario, needing to score 3 runs, in 1 ball, no excuse if they lose, when u hv someone as experienced ss Rahim at the crease, in present day T20s. But it was just 2 runs to win in 3 balls…! Still they lost ..!!
When you have a Sachin playing for your country, the Virats emerge. When you have a Rahim, may be, only impatient Mahmadullahs emerge. This Bangladesh team has to learn to win crunch games quickly to make world cricket more interesting. Definitely, we dont want another team with a chokers tag !

Cricket Humour

August 20, 2015  via  espncricinfo.com

Too much of cricket humour has come to be intertwined with sledging these days. While the latter has undoubtedly had its high moments (who can resist a chuckle at the image of the portly chicken farmer Eddo Brandes giving it back to Glenn McGrath?) there has to be a place for mirth outside the aggro and competitiveness of the cricket field. In this brief foray I recollect a few of the funnier moments from cricketing lore – and invite others to share their own. One of my favourites dates back to the 1974-75 West Indies tour of India. When the series got to Chennai, West Indies led 2-1 but were on the back foot both because of a spirited Indian fightback in the third Test (and, in their view, some indifferent umpiring by the local talent). Satyaji Rao, in particular, was seen by them as a serial offender. As the West Indies team bus wound its way down Mount Road to get to the Chepauk stadium one day, it came to a halt at a famous landmark – the statue of the late chief minister and Tamil politician CN Annadurai. It so happened that this statue showed Annadurai with one arm upraised and his index finger upright – resembling nothing more than an umpire sending a batsman on his way. Cue Alvin Kallicharran, who promptly jumped to his feet inside the bus and intoned, “Good morning, Umpire Rao.” One can just imagine the mirth that must have followed. (I must confess that I have been unable to track the story down on the internet, but have a vivid recollection of reading about the episode in the media coverage at the time.)

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One SIXER after which India erupted..in Joy !

Emotions : Made in India
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Afridi , From Semis Loser to a Bad Loser…!

Excerpts from a report by  | Islamabad, April 4, 2011 | Updated 10:02 IST

Speaking during a talk show on a Pakistani news channel, Afridi was asked about the relations between India and Pakistan when he responded that the Indians would “never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis”. He even termed the talks between the two countries futile.
 
“They (Indians) will never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. It is a very difficult thing for us to live with them (Indians) or to have long-term relationship with them. Nothing will come out of talks. See how many times in the past 60 years we have had friendship and then how many times things have gone bad,” Afridi said on Sunday.

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“Our media, which is criticised by people, is hundred times better than theirs,” he said.
India beat Pakistan in the semi-final, which was watched by the Prime Ministers of the two countries, who used cricket diplomacy to boost the peace process between the two sides.

Afridi also criticised Interior Minister Rehman Malik for warning the Pakistani team not to get involved in match-fixing and Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who vowed to dedicate victory in the World Cup final to victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Front page Reactions 

Pakistan Newspapers after the 

World Cup Semi final defeat to India 
5th April 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cricket mania evaporates in Pakistan after anti-climax

Pakistan Media Reacts after their embrassing defeat


 

 Excerpts from “The Dawn” Pakistan

March 31

A 29-run defeat creates a false proximity between the two teams.

When Umar Akmal was clean bowled by Harbhajan Singh in the 34th over, Pakistan’s World Cup dreams looked all but finished, leaving Misbah-ul Haq to supervise an excruciating run chase that was ill-paced and ill-conceived. It wasn’t the glorious final stand that Pakistanis had imagined.

At the halfway interval Pakistan had the match in their grasp. At 100 for 2, they were within sight of a famous triumph, but it was not to be. The pressure of a World Cup run chase was too much for this Pakistan team, weary after many long months of exile from its own land.
A short-term view is clouded by the hollowness of defeat but a more reasoned perspective casts Pakistan’s tournament performance in a very different light. Afridi’s side entered the competition on the back of an unending controversy, with the shadow of spot-fixing dogging their every step. They lost their premier pace bowlers to that scandal and their opening batsmen.

Backed by an inadequate and accident-prone administration, Pakistan cricket had reached its lowest ever ebb by the end of last year. By the start of the World Cup, despite some reasonable one-day form and a hint of resilience in the face of adversity, Pakistan were dismissed as also-rans and no-hopers for the world title.

Instead, the team of Afridi and Waqar Younis thrilled the world at this tournament.

That Pakistan became serious contenders for the title is a measure of the success that the team achieved. Yes, there is sadness and heartbreak at defeat. Yes, Pakistan cricket is a flawed and disappointing enterprise. But the cricketers of Pakistan restored some much-needed pride to an embattled nation.

As well as pride, they also brought much joy. For that alone, Pakistan’s cricketers deserve our gratitude.

ISLAMABAD: Disappointed Pakistani cricket fans on Wednesday blamed a sluggish Misbah-ul-Haq for defeat in the World Cup semi-final thriller with arch-rival India.

India defeated Pakistan by 29 runs in a match dubbed the “clash of the titans” to set up a World Cup final showdown with Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Saturday, leaving fans across cricket-loving Pakistan deflated.

“We lost because of Misbah, as he did not score well when it was most required,” a fan Awais Shakir told AFP on Islamabad’s main Jinnah Avenue as thousands of disappointed fans were leaving for home.
“He just wasted time on the pitch.” Fans in other Pakistani cities which ground to a halt for the game also criticised Misbah, who scored 56 from 76 balls.

For schoolteacher Hazrat Ali, it was disappointing —but not the end of the game. “Defeat and win is part of the game. Our team will win next time,” he said.

In Karachi, engineer Mohammad Ali said: “It was a great contest all along and the day belonged to India. However Misbah and Younis Khan were very lazy.”

By the evening all major roads in several Pakistani cities were gridlocked with cars, motorcycles and jubilant revellers, but the festive atmosphere gradually turned tense as Pakistani batting line began to fall before India.

Power cuts sparked protests by hundreds of angry spectators who blocked a main highway in Muzaffarabad.

Excerpts from “THE NATION “: A Pakistani Daily
http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/pages/Todays-Paper

Mohali battle lost

Published: March 31, 2011 MOHALI (AFP) – Disciplined bowling by India saw them beat Pakistan by 29 runs on Wednesday to set-up a World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Saturday.Pakistan, chasing 261 for victory, were dismissed for 231 with a ball to spare after all of India’s five bowlers took two wickets apiece.

Afraid(i)….!! and naturally so !

 Srinivas Nyapathy Writes,                                         March 29,  2011
Champion Captains from previous world cups, Clive Lloyd, Kapil Dev, Allan Border, Imran Khan, Arjuna Ranatunga are featuring regularly on Indian TV
during this World Cup season. It was nice to see some knowledgeable comments come in these shows about the ensuing matches.
Each a legend in his own way, sitting right there in our drawing rooms, making a point !

Of all of them my favorite was Imran Khan. i was fortunate to watch him captain Pakistan at bangalore on a mine field of a wicket. an injured Abdul nadir was replaced by a flown in for the game Iqbal Qasim.. it was a treat to watch Imran run in  a galloping horse..what a run up..  what a competitor.

While a day was still left for India to clash with Australia in Ahmedabad, there was a discussion as to Imran’s reaction about a possible clash in the semis between india and Pakistan at Mohali.

Instead of being diplomatic about such a irksome question he actually said, Dhoni would be under tremendous pressure because India are the favorites,and also because they are playing infront of the home crowd.I was actually surprised, Imran accepted Afridis men are under dogs, inspite of having won all but one of their games in Group A, and said that Indians are the Favourites.  Captain Dhoni will be relieved to hear it, i am sure. As the indian media and experts went to town about the brittle middle order that made 29 for the loss of 9 wickets against S Africa and no better against WI, and were questioning if India will go anywhere beyond the group stage. If playing in Mohali gives Dhoni sleepless nights according to Imran, would Dhoni be happy with the alternative ? Playing Pakistan in Bangladesh Or at the Premadasa? Mohali for Dhoni is a dream come true , a semi final in your own back yard.

Just as i was swallowing this comment as something he had said in a hurry, then came the real one ..Imran advising Dhoni and his boys to take sleeping pills the night before the game..I think Cricket has come a long way since Inzamam Ul Haq had the loosies before a World Cup Semi Final, under Imran Khan’s Captaincy and Imran advised him to play ” ..he even if you are puking Blood “.
Cricket is no longer about taking sleeping pills before a game. At least indian cricket is not about that..
its about Aggression,Will to win, Strategising, Refining the Doosras, Redefining Reverse Swing, and fighting for better ICC placings feverishly, not for 5th and 6 th positions but with the best in the business for first positon.to come out on TOP ! Its not pills you need to be on top its Skills.

Phew ! umm.. Now im not surprised that Pakistani fast bowlers are always in the news for taking drugs..if this is what their Iconic figure Imran advises them.

Its been years since official cricket is played in Pakistan and its just that they may have forgotten the wonderful buzz and the thrill of playing infront of a home crowd.
Its quite motivating to see ur home crowd lose themselves in adulation for every boundary scored, and wicket taken..  .. The crowd erupting into a high – decibel mexican wave.. When the ball is caressed to the boundary from Sachin’s willow or the turbanator’s doosra ripping open the defenses, a winner would see this as a positive , home advantage !…A loser would see it as pressure.

Imran Khan is just playing, what he thinks are mind games..In reality they are mindless games.
You should see Afridi answering during the press meet today in Mohali..He was pensive !

He had a go at Sachin and his 100th hundred..saying even if sachin got a Hundred India lost many a time.
He said Shoaib is not 100% and that they will decide about his presence in the team by evening..Well, When was the last time Shoaib was 100% anyway.

Afridi wants to win this for his country more than anyone. Pakistan needs to win badly, for Cricket to survive in Pakistan. ( ya, ya .. i know they no longer play  official Cricket inside Pakistan )..even if its to be played on foreign grounds, Abudhabi , Dubai etc.

Left to Afridi he wont be liking the fact that he’s playing India in Mohali. For heaven sakes,Semi Final with India at Mohali, thats the worst case scenario for the Pakistanis.

When he walks to the toss with Dhoni, Mr Afraid(i) will get a feeling the whole world is against him.. thats the power of the home crowd vis a vis India …and Mohali.

Have a good one guys !

The PASSAGE TO PAKISTAN

 

Hoping India spin Australia out of WC 2011

Blame it on the British for bringing the game to india..
Blame it on the  ICC for scheduling the world Cup during exams, Blame it on our passion that we waste money on huge LCDs to watch the matches, 
Blame it on Dhoni and his boys for coming this far in the WC, 
Blame that, Blame this..But, But..pray India wins !

India-Pakistan Semi-Final , a possibility

 Srinivas Nyapathy  Writes                                                                 March 21 2011

 If both India and Pakistan win their quarter-finals, the crowd in Mohali could be in for a treat
Theres an intriguing possibility of an India-Pakistan semi-final in Mohali. 
But before that, India will need to get past Australia in Ahmedabad on March 24, while Pakistan will have to defeat West Indies in Mirpur on March 23. 
The result of the last group match also means Sri Lanka will not need to play outside Colombo till the final, if they get that far.
Sri Lanka’s quarter-final will be against England at the Premadasa Stadium,  The winner of that game will play the winner of the third quarter-final in Mirpur, between South Africa and New Zealand. That semi-final will again be played in Colombo. So, India and Sri Lanka have advantage of playing in front of their home crowds.  Imagine a scenario where India plays Pakistan in a world cup semi final in Dhaka .. Oh, Mohali is a blessing !
Having said that, India’s unpredictable  middle order and lack lustre bowling performances so far,  make it difficult to assume, that its going to be an easy one for them at Ahmedabad, against Aussies in the Quarter Final.
 I feel, Pakistan, South Africa and Srilanka will surely and quite effortlessly make  it to the semifinals.