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

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

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 a Test series in COVID times
  • Driving from one Australian state to the other, avoiding borders
  • The uncertainty over the venues and itinerary
  • Wearing masks in the press box
  • A distracted press box as India collapsed for 36 in Adelaide
  • The spate of injuries during the tour
  • A relatively muted Boxing Day
  • Ashwin’s spell in Melbourne
  • Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy
  • Mohammad Siraj improving with every spell in Melbourne
  • Siraj reporting poor crowd behavior
  • Australia constantly threatening to break away… until India kept fighting back
  • The net session when Pant talked to his bruised arm
  • The Ravi Shastri effect on the youngster in the team
  • Ashwin’s innings in the battling draw in Sydney
  • Vihari – the quiet achiever
  • Covering the Brisbane Test from a radio studio in Sydney
  • Australians convincing themselves of the Brisbane myth
  • All the talk of the weather in Brisbane
  • India putting themselves in a position to dictate terms on the final day
  • The emotional charge to victory


Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@Sidvee)



The unlikely script of the Gabba heist – Bharat Sundaresan – cricbuzz.com

Bruised but unbowed: India’s mighty display of guts and gumption – Bharat Sundaresan – cricbuzz.com

The summer of Siraj – Bharat Sundaresan – cricbuzz.com

Washington Sundar: destiny’s child – Bharat Sundaresan – cricbuzz.com

Rahane’s personality-defining day out – Bharat Sundaresan – cricbuzz.com

Ashwin: The conscientious spin scientist – Bharat Sundaresan – cricbuzz.com

List of Bharat Sundaresan’s cricbuzz columns 

The dreamiest win – 81allout podcast

That momentous feeling – Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

The victorious draw in Sydney – 81allout podcast

The Melbourne bounceback – 81allout podcast

A tragicomedy called 36 all out – 81allout podcast


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One thought on “‘Much much more than a cricket tour’ – Bharat Sundaresan”


    This was the perfect episode that needed to be there as a pressure release after such intense. (And I could see Sidvee enjoying himself so much after so long that he himself started playing along “wahan se bhi daaal sakte hainnn” :D). And it’s perfectly OK; everyone’s allowed some guilty pleasure, some cheat days.

    I won’t reveal much spoilers wrt to the episode this time, but it was amazing to know how Beastie Boy had to travel (and often spend his nights near a border town) across states. This sacrifice won’t get mentioned anywhere. Ever. Unless he pens this down in his own book. And can I suggest a name? Auxperts from Australia 😀

    And this Paaji culture is more Punjabi than Delhi, and now some youngsters are making another level before Paaji, which is “Bhaiya” :D. Out of context, during (initial days of) lockdown, I was watching the YT show of J Rodrigues and Smriti M ft Yuzi Chahal in which they referred him as Yuzi Bhaiya. I did’nt know how to react 😀

    P.S: One of my ex-colleagues (from Haryana) had spent nearly 5 years in Chennai and then came to Gurgaon. He often did this “tch” while talking like BB does.

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