Watching, 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 with him stories and anecdotes to last several lifetimes.

Apart from his work as a journalist, Makarand played a key role at the BCA-Mafatlal Academy in the early 1990s – which produced cricketers like Abey Kuruvilla, Salil Ankola, Paras Mhambrey and Sairaj Bahutule. A decade later, he would play a vital part in the setting up the BCCI’s Talent Resource Development Wing, which would unearth talents like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth and Piyush Chawla.

We chat with Makarand about the various hats he has worn over the years, and he provides us with a wonderful portrait of how cricket was when he started his journey and how vastly different things are now.

Talking Points:

  • Sunil Gavaskar’s emergence in Bombay cricket
  • Ashok Mankad’s tactical genius
  • Ravi Shastri’s ability to rise to the occasion
  • Frank Tyson, the gentle giant
  • Abey Kuruvilla’s meteoric rise
  • The Talent Resource Development Wing
  • Jagmohan Dalmaya’s vision
  • The current state of talent-spotting in India
  • The lack of passion in Mumbai cricket


Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)


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One thought on “Watching, studying, writing, talent-spotting: a life in cricket”

  1. Have listened to many podcasts during lockdown.

    As an England fan for 32 years it is fascinating to listen to the passion and insights of the greats.

    Glad I found this podcast by accident. Keep up the good work.

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