From Bangalore’s parks to the Indian team: Vijay Bharadwaj unpluggedFrom Bangalore’s parks to the Indian team: Vijay Bharadwaj unplugged

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A big moment for us at 81allout as we have an international cricketer on our podcast for the first time. Vijay Bharadwaj played 3 Tests and 10 ODIs for India in the turn of the millennium. His high-point was during the LG Cup in Nairobi in 1999-2000, where he was


‘Every generation needs its writers to tell its stories’‘Every generation needs its writers to tell its stories’

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In this special episode, we chat with veteran sports writer Sharda Ugra. From interviewing star cricketers as a college student… to blazing a trail as a sports journalist in the early ’90s… to writing on a variety of sports for The Hindu… to being the chief sports writer at India


Street cricket chronicles: tip-top, connection, and taking panga in Delhi

Street cricket chronicles: tip-top, connection, and taking panga in DelhiStreet cricket chronicles: tip-top, connection, and taking panga in Delhi

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We are happy to kickstart a new series: street cricket chronicles. Here we hope to bring out the cricket culture in different cities at the most amateur levels: whether it is on the streets, in the gullies and driveways and terraces, on beaches, or in the parks. In this episode


Watching, studying, writing, talent-spotting: a life in cricketWatching, studying, writing, talent-spotting: a life in cricket

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In this special episode, we chat with veteran cricket journalist and author Makarand Waingankar. Over the last five decades, Makarand has been witness to the changing tides in Indian cricket. He has written extensively about the game – from the maidans as well as the giant stadiums – and carries


Swinging to victory: New Zealand v India series review

Swinging to victory: New Zealand v India series reviewSwinging to victory: New Zealand v India series review

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We review New Zealand’s series win against India in the recently concluded series. Talking Points: How NZ winning Tests within three or four days is bad financial news for their board. Were the pitches too green or green enough? When extra pace perhaps worked against India’s fast bowlers. The swing


A forgotten classic squeezed between a washout and a dud – India’s tour of New Zealand, 1998-99

A forgotten classic squeezed between a washout and a dud – India’s tour of New Zealand, 1998-99A forgotten classic squeezed between a washout and a dud – India’s tour of New Zealand, 1998-99

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In this podcast, we look back at India’s tour of New Zealand in 1998-99. India had pulled off a thrilling Test series win against Australia at home earlier in the year, followed by some memorable wins in ODI tournaments. There was a disheartening loss in the one-off Test in Zimbabwe