Sledges, brawls, and epic contests: inside the Tamil Nadu – Karnataka rivalry

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We are thrilled to be joined by two former India cricketers – Hemang Badani and Vijay Bharadwaj.

Hemang and Vijay enjoyed stupendous domestic careers and took part in some of the most memorable Tamil Nadu – Karnataka contests in the Ranji Trophy. There was no shortage of banter and competition when we paired them up for this podcast.

Talking points:

  • Their first memories of playing against their arch-rivals
  • The day when Karthik Jeshwant told Vijay Bharadwaj about the importance of scoring against Tamil Nadu
  • The Ranji final in 1996 – when Karnataka piled on a mammoth score (as Hemang watched from the stands)
  • A match in RSI grounds in 2001 when matters got heated and the players nearly came to blows
  • The never-ending batathon at Tirunelveli in 1998
  • The constant threat of D Vasu in these contests
  • Dodda Ganesh and David Johnson: never short of fire in the belly
  • The Cauvery politics and how it affected the players
  • How Karnataka players benefited from playing league cricket in Chennai
  • and much more…



Hemang Badani (ESPNcricinfo player page, Twitter handle: @hemangkbadani)

Vijay Bharadwaj (ESPNcricinfo player page)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)



From Bangalore’s parks to the Indian team – Vijay Bharadwaj on the 81allout podcast

Travails of TN tragics – 81allout podcast about following the TN Ranji side

The Tamil Nadu – Karnataka rivalry through the ages – V Ramnarayan – ESPNcricinfo

When brothers were pitted against each other in the final – Deccan Herald

Karnataka retain title with innings win – match report of the 2015 Ranji final – ESPNcricinfo

Hemang Badani interview with Reena D’Souza

Vijay Bharadwaj interview with Karthik Jeshwant for Star Sports Kannada

Destiny, and an unforgettable domestic game – Pradeep Ramarathnam on a Karnataka v Tamil Nadu one-dayer in 1994, ESPNcricinfo



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