‘None of us knew anything about the internet when Rediff began’: interview with the journalist Prem Panicker

‘None of us knew anything about the Internet when Rediff began’: interview with the journalist Prem Panicker‘None of us knew anything about the Internet when Rediff began’: interview with the journalist Prem Panicker

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Our special guest this week is Prem Panicker, a veteran journalist who has been writing on cricket for over 25 years. Prem was one of the founding journalists at Rediff.com and a pioneer with regard to online commentary and internet radio. Talking Points: Falling in love with cricket in the


War Minus the Shooting – revisiting the 1996 World Cup through a classic book

War Minus the Shooting – revisiting the 1996 World Cup through a classic bookWar Minus the Shooting – revisiting the 1996 World Cup through a classic book

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In the latest episode we revisit War Minus the Shooting, Mike Marqusee’s book on his journey through the subcontinent during the 1996 World Cup. Talking Points: The difficulty of finding the book Marqusee’s ability to “get” the subcontinent The importance for a writer to immerse themselves in a culture The


A thumping finish: India v England, 4th Test review

A thumping finish: India v England, 4th Test reviewA thumping finish: India v England, 4th Test review

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We discuss the fourth Test between India and England in Ahmedabad. Talking Points: India’s terrific achievement across eight Tests A triumph of depth for the Indian team Axar’s 27 wickets and his perfect debut series Why Ashwin’s value to the side is double that of their best batsman Mohammad Siraj


From the field to the press box to managing the media: a chat with Nishant AroraFrom the field to the press box to managing the media: a chat with Nishant Arora

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Our special guest this week is Nishant Arora who, over two decades, has worked in multiple capacities within cricket – as a TV journalist, player agent, and BCCI media manager, and ICC digital producer. Talking Points: Playing junior cricket with Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh Big-hitting Yuvraj losing SG balls at


A two-day shootout: India v England, 3rd Test review

A two-day shootout: India v England, 3rd Test reviewA two-day shootout: India v England, 3rd Test review

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We discuss the third Test between India and England in Ahmedabad. Talking Points: Where did this pitch stand in the Premadasa-Sabina scale? The importance of consistent bounce in the ICC evaluation system England’s misreading of the pitch and the selection of one specialist spinner Don’t India have enough of an


An unquiet history: an interview with writer Osman SamiuddinAn unquiet history: an interview with writer Osman Samiuddin

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Our special guest this week is Osman Samiuddin, a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo and author of The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket.  One of the finest contemporary cricket writers, Osman has had a ring-side view of the triumphs and disappointments of Pakistan cricket over the last two decades. His


Ashwin’s triumph in Chepauk: India v England, 2nd Test review

Ashwin’s triumph in Chepauk: India v England, 2nd Test reviewAshwin’s triumph in Chepauk: India v England, 2nd Test review

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We discuss the second Test between India and England in Chennai Talking Points: Was there anything wrong with the pitch? How Rohit Sharma tackled the tricky surface England’s rotation policy – and would they have followed this during the Ashes? R Ashwin’s glorious home Test in front of an adoring


When Cook and Co. did the unthinkable – England’s tour to India in 2012-13

When Cook and Co. did the unthinkable – England in India 2012-13When Cook and Co. did the unthinkable – England in India 2012-13

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Click here to support 81allout on Ko-Fi   In this episode, we look back to England’s tour to India in 2012-13. England had not won a series in India since 1984-85 and they began the tour as underdogs – especially after a heavy defeat in the first Test in Ahmedabad. The


Familiar rivals in unfamiliar territory: India v England series preview

Familiar rivals in unfamiliar territory: India v England series previewFamiliar rivals in unfamiliar territory: India v England series preview

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We preview the upcoming India v England Test series which comes on the back of an epic series win for India in Australia, and a very impressive win for England in Sri Lanka. While the teams prepare for fresh challenges in Chennai and Ahmedabad, they still have to contend with


‘Much much more than a cricket tour’ – Bharat Sundaresan

‘Much much more than a cricket tour’ – Bharat Sundaresan‘Much much more than a cricket tour’ – Bharat Sundaresan

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In this special episode of the 81allout podcast, we chat with journalist and author Bharat Sundaresan on his experiences of covering India’s recent tour to Australia. Bharat is a cricket reporter at cricbuzz.com and is the author of The Dhoni Touch: Unravelling the Enigma that is MS Dhoni Talking points: Covering