Harsha Bhogle Shares Payslip Of His First ODI Commentary Stint, Got Paid ₹350 For 6 Hrs

Many times we make the mistake of looking at our idols, their current professional significance and the money they have and think that this is how they’ve always been. When in reality, most of them started from scratch, had to work odd jobs, network their way through a competitive job market and make immense sacrifices to get where they are today. Harsha Bhogle is one such person.

In the world of cricket, Harsha Bhogle is a very popular commentator and journalist. However, the beginning of his career was as humble as it could get. He recently shared the payslip from his first ODI commentary stint and he was paid Rs 350 for 6 hours.


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While living in Hyderabad, he started commentating at the age of 19 for All India Radio. In September 1983, he got his first ODI stint. This break was given to him by a kind-hearted producer at Doordarshan Hyderabad.

“40 years ago today. My first ODI. Still remember that young man trying frantically to get opportunities. And a kind producer from DD-Hyd giving him this break. I sat on a roller the previous evening, in a simple t-shirt, doing the curtain raiser. And got two commentary stints the next day. Over the next 14 months I got to do two more ODIs and a test match,” he wrote on social media.

Here’s a look at the payslip:

Have a look at his post here:

This story managed to inspire several people on social media who were reminded of the fact that every successful person today started from zero in the past. Here’s a look at some responses to his post:

May this be the inspiration you need to keep going!

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