Not many people know that Harsha Bhogle is a chemical engineer who later did his post graduate program at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. In this video, Bhogle returns to IIM Ahmedabad to address a gathering that included professors whom taught him.

Those professors must have heard him with great pride as he held the audience spellbound with an enthralling speech that was laced with copious anecdotes from his travels around the world and rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of cricket.

It’s a must-watch video lasting 78 minutes. But if you don’t have the time, we have identified four gems – from the many strewn in the address – which you can go directly access, as the time where the gems are in the address is mentioned along with the excerpts.


Excerpts from Harsha Bhogle’s address:

17:20 to 18:28 minutes:

“I got a great opportunity to sit with Alan Border twice every Test for 15-20 minutes to ghost his column. Border told me, ‘I tell every young Australian cricketer to take care of the runs and the dollars will take care of themselves.’ I think that every management student, indeed every practicing manager, should frame and put that up. The path to excellence is through runs and not through dollars. And I have seen too many outrageously talented, young Indian cricketers who chased the rupee and lost the runs. In essence, one must chase the performance goals and letting the results take care of itself. Today in Australia, many coaches are telling to make the process of achievement supreme and the result irrelevant. The Australian cricket coach says that and the Australian swimming coach says that; the idea being not to allow the pressure of the result to choke your performance.”

30:53 to 31: 52 minutes

“You never know who is reading what. You never know who is watching which programme. That’s the great joy of giving 100% every single time, because you never know who is watching what and where the next big opportunity will come from.  Sometime I make a throwaway line and then wonder what have I said here. Once I was comparing Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar and I said, “as India’s economy changed, Tendulkar is the product of a new economy; Gavaskar was a product of a licensed, socialist economy. He batted like he had bank deposits, while as Tendulkar bats like he is playing the equity markets.’ It was not a prepared statement. But people suddenly said this guy has more than cricket in him. That’s what I meant, ‘If you are willing to give 100%, you never know who is listening to what.’ ”

32:37 to 36:26 minutes

“You may watch a cameraman work and see the great discipline and excellence he brings to his job. And you say, “Wow! Can I bring this to my profession what this cameraman brings to his?” Believe me, when I started out in television, I had no heroes. I had no one to look up to… So I hung around with the crew.  And I later discovered some of these dandy presenters never hung around with the crew. They [the crew] wore huge leather gloves with grease all over them. And I said, ‘Wow! These guys are working their backsides off.’ There was a midwicket cameraman called Johnny de Villiers from South Africa.  In those days we had only one midwicket camera. While the ball was being bowled, he had to check the no-ball, because a no-ball is best viewed by the midwicket camera. As soon as the ball was bowled —and you can imagine how quickly the fast bowlers will bowl; on television, you have no idea of speed — he had to quickly move his camera to the batting crease to see a stumping, if a spinner is bowling, and then follow the ball and promptly come back to see if there is a chance of a run-out. And once a fielder threw a ball to the striker’s end, and the wicketkeeper promptly realised that there is a run-out chance at the non-striker’s end. And our midwicket cameraman now has to quickly follow the ball to the bowler’s end. And I said, “This guy is a genius!” He told me later that he has never missed a stumping in his life! To me, THAT is excellence. These were my heroes. My heroes were the technicians. My heroes were the replay editors. Long before television moved from tapes to discs, everything had to be logged. I remember a game in Toronto in the Sahara Cup where Vinod Kambli hit a boundary and I said two games ago he got out playing a similar shot. I hit the lazy button where the commentator speaks on the microphone but the voice goes only to the producer and asked him if he could pull out the dismissal from that match. Within a minute, the producer told me that he has put both shots together. The guy who pulled that out must be a genius. You know what all he did in that one minute? He pulled out his logs. On his log was written, ‘Vinod Kambli dismissal, Tape 4, 24:32 or whatever it was. He pulled out tape 4, put tape 4 in the machine, queued it up, set it up on one machine, took the replay of the shot, set it up on another machine and play back to back because I had asked for it! These are champions. And that is where this great desire for excellence came.”

50:02 to 50.55 minutes

Sachin Tendulkar played 55 games as a 14-year-old without a break. 55 days. He practiced for two hours, play a game, practice for two hours and fall asleep on the dining table. And he did those 55 days in a row. That is attitude. When Tendulkar was born the nurse did not pick him up and tell, “Here Mrs Tenulkar, here is 70 Test hundreds for you. It isn’t Tendulkar’s talent that produced 70 hundreds. It’s his work ethics. It’s his attitude. And more than anything else it’s the passion to perform. And attitude and passion to perform count far, far more than ability. Ability opens the first door, it might open the second door, but it is not going to open the last door for you, because the guy who is bowling the last ball has got equal ability as you.”