The rise of Pune Supergiants in IPL 2017 has been some story. From tottering at seventh position in the previous IPL, to reaching the finals this year; missing out on the trophy by only the minimum possible margin speaks tons of the dedication the team has put in ever since.
For a team that had only one final chance at glory, and had thus far never made it to the top four, was it Dhoni’s calm-headedness at the helm and his batting reputation, or was it newbie Washington Sundar’s leg spinners that helped keep opposition feet within the crease? Or was it a combined team effort?
Browsing the web, I came across the site cricketarchive.com that aims to “provide a comprehensive archive of scorecards and statistics relating to the sport of cricket”. Ever since Cricinfo came along, it has always interested me to know what any other website can conjure that the two-decades and running online veteran has already not.
Every commentator has his/her own charm yes, but also a certain set of words and exclamations you are used to hearing from them from the commentary box. Here’s a glance at commentators’ catchphrase dictionary.
Cricket in the last decade has come to evolve from when T20s began spreading roots, circa 2003. Boosted with the first ICC World T20 and the inaugural IPL around 2007-08, few back then had imagined the enormity of the impact both tournaments assume today – impact that can be assessed with the fact that it once was seen as a serious threat to the popularity of the longest format of the game. Today, the format finds happy co-existence with the other two variants at levels both international – at least one T20 is assured in a tour comprising Tests and ODIs, and domestic – inter-city cricket leagues have spawned from the IPL in all Test playing nations.
I had been excited about this a few months back when I realized Pune would be hosting its first ever Test match, no less against Australia. Come the first day of the match, however, I could be seen doing nothing more than following the match proceedings on the telly. It wasn’t a bad day for India, just could’ve been better. We had restricted the Aussies to 256-9, a score that could’ve easily been 210 all out. Nevertheless, the opportunity to see India bat the next day eventually got too mouth-watering for me to resist. And before I knew, I had booked my pavilion seat, expecting to see a high-octane cross-continent drama unfold.
You’ve appreciated his style, his diction and his relentless dedication to the game in the commentary box, but don’t just dismiss his wise words outside of it. Here are some of Harsha Bhogle’s memorable off-the-field quotes. You can catch these quotes on Twitter @harshaquips. Savour!
It’s the case of the never-ending cricketing quirks. This time, it is about how cricketing names, first or last, manage to sound as if taken right from the dictionary. So you have names that seem to borrow from those of cities, beverages, professions, physical objects, you name it (pun intended). And it’s about as creative as humans can get when it comes to naming themselves.
Cricket is a sport like most others – dominated by the performance, style and demeanour of its players. Yet few other sports can attest the influence on its result to factors that are dependent on aspects of the physical location where it is played.
Here’s round five of memorable quotes by the man himself – Harsha Bhogle:
Sourav Ganguly: “To be honest, I really enjoy hearing you talk about the game. So much passion, so much in touch with the game. You’ve been around for a while, though.”
Harsha: (in the ever so innocent yet sturdy manner he speaks) “But I never took my shirt off.” (a conversation in the commentary box)