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‘Get rid of your blinkers’ – Harsha Bhogle’s ‘declining talent pool’ tweet upsets South Africa fans

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Harsha Bhogle’s comments on South Africa’s “declining” talent pool following the IPL 2021 retentions did not go down well with Proteas fans.

Shortly after each team’s trimmings from their squads before the IPL 2021 auction were revealed, commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle put out a tweet commenting on South Africa “declining as a talent pool” and the shortage of options in New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Over the years, the IPL has been the biggest franchise league attracting overseas talent, and while there’s no shortage of available players, Bhogle wondered whether these countries were still capable of feeding the tournament with enough quality, especially with the tournament set to add two further teams for the 2021 edition. The tweet caused quite a stir as South Africa fans and leading the outrage was Vincent Barnes, Cricket South Africa’s high performance manager.

Bhogle retorted asking for names from the South African talent pool who were ready to step into the IPL.

His tweets did not sit well with a lot of fans, who questioned his knowledge of the talent pool in South Africa and other countries.

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