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Harsha Bhogle: The Voice of Indian Cricket from Hyderabad

If there is any Hyderabadi whose voice is heard the maximum, it is none other than that of Mr.Harsha Bhogle who keeps people on to the TV during Cricket Matches .The '99 World Cup' would not have been a a world Cup without Harsha Bhogle being there. His commentary has indeed mesmerized the Indian Diaspora all over so much so that there has been a hoarding somewhere in Australia asking him to be the Prime Minister of India.

He studied at the the prestigious Hyderabad Public School and  did his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Osmania College of Technology. Later when he was doing MBA from IIM Ahemedabad he got an opportunity work with Doordarshan and then the rest is history.

Widely respected as India's leading cricket broadcaster and dominant television personality, Harsha Bhogle has worked with all the leading broadcasters of the world after starting as a radio commentator at All India Radio at the age of 19. 

In 1991-92, he became the first Indian commentator to be invited by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and in 1999-2000 his presence helped boost ratings of the ABC. The Australian public look upon him as the voice of Indian cricket, a reputation that has extended to the rest of the cricket world. 

He has also done assignments for the past eight years for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and was invited to join their prestigious commentary team in 1996 and again during the 1999 World Cup. 

Harsha has been acknowledged, since November 1993, as a top television commentator and since 1995 has been the main presenter for most of the cricket on ESPN and STAR Sports. Trans World International (TWI), one of the world's largest sports broadcasters, selected him as the face of their telecast when ESPN was launched and soon offered him an exclusive two-year contract, the first time an Indian broadcaster had signed such a contract. 

Since 1998, he has been presenting live cricket from all around the world for ESPN and STAR Sports and has been the anchor for their most prestigious television programmes. He has presented 75 episodes of the magazine show Inside Edge, 28 special episodes of Cricket Up-Close and 24 episodes of the original cricket quiz show, Stumped, as well as 61 episodes of the ESPN School Quiz Olympiad. 

In all he has covered more than 50 Test matches and over 250 one-day internationals. 

He was voted by Gentleman Magazine as one of '50 men you want to know better' and by Outlook as one of eight people who have changed the way their profession is perceived. He has also been the subject of special profiles in India Today, The Week, Cosmopolitan and many other publications. He was recently featured by BBC World in its series 'Face to Face' on Young Achievers. 

Such has been the popularity of this gentleman from Hyderabad that International Management Group (IMG),Pepsi and Castrol have all signed him for their promotions. Remember one of the Pepsi ad on the air... Harsha. You talk a bit too much!

 

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