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 Today… to presently working as a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo… Sharda has been an inspiration for a number of sports writers around the world.
We chat with Sharda about her illustrious career – and are riveted by her range of experiences as well as her inexhaustible bank of anecdotes.
- The magazines that hooked her on to sports
- The interviews she and her college buddies did with the stars of the 1980s
- Memories of Imran Khan
- Landing her first job
- Finding Sachin Tendulkar’s number
- Covering sailing
- Watching Kenya’s biggest cricketing moment
- The match-fixing shock
- The fall of Hansie Cronje
- The Azharuddin she interviewed
- Authoring a book with John Wright
- The Ganguly era
- Player access and the importance of stories
- Women’s cricket through the years
- And much, much more
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The stolid buccaneer – Sharda Ugra on Mark Taylor
Hansie-gate – Sharda Ugra’s piece on the King Commission hearings
Manoj Prabhakar? Love? – on a cricketer Sharda Ugra hated to love
All Indian cricketers should write books like this – Sharda Ugra reviews Sanjay Manjrekar’s book
Girls aloud – Sharda Ugra on how TV is redefining TV commentary
Couchtalk with Sharda Ugra – interview with Subash Jayaraman
This is personal – Sharda Ugra’s letter to Mumbai post 26/11
John Wright’s Indian Summers – book co-written with Sharda Ugra
Test of my life – Yuvraj Singh’s book (co-written with Sharda Ugra and Nishant Jeet Arora)
Errata: It was Graeme Smith, and not Hansie Cronje, who said that he was ready to give up his youth to captain South Africa. We apologize for the error.