From Trumper to Tendulkar: a lifetime of cricket fandom

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From Trumper to Tendulkar: a lifetime of cricket fandom

In this episode, we talk to S Giridhar and VJ Raghunath, authors of the book Mid-wicket Tales: From Trumper to Tendulkar.

Giri and Raghu take us through their lifelong journey as cricket fans – and help us understand the magic and aura that surrounded some of the greats from the past. Memories, anecdotes, technique, literature: the stories never stop.

Talking Points:

  • Learning about the game through books, radio commentary and at stadiums
  • The singular Mr Venkataraghavan – a breed apart in Tamil Nadu cricket
  • The joy of watching close-in catchers as India’s great spin quartet spun a web
  • Why Neil Harvey is so revered among old-timers in Madras
  • Gundappa Viswanath – batting side-on, oozing class against the greatest attacks
  • Bedi’s poetry, Chandra’s electricity, Prasanna’s flight
  • The extraordinary Kapil Dev and his ability to rotate strike at will
  •  The great slip catchers – and Azhar pouching them without a sound
  • An all-time XI from the guests’ experience of following the game


S Giridhar (@MidWicketTales)

VJ Raghunath

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)


Mid-Wicket Tales: From Trumper to Tendulkar – S Giridhar and VJ Raghunath –

From Mumbai to Durban – India’s Greatest Tests – S Giridhar and VJ Raghunath –

Wrist Assured: an autobiography – S Giridhar on G Viswanath’s autobiography – Hindu BusinessLine

They too played for India – S Giridhar – ESPNcricinfo

The kinship of cricket lovers – S Giridhar – Hindu BusinessLine

Unexpected beauty – Suresh Menon on TE Srinivasan – ESPNcricinfo

The art of Bedi – Suresh Menon on the 81allout podcast

The greatest slip catcher – Ian Chappell on Bob Simpson – ESPNcricinfo


3 thoughts on “From Trumper to Tendulkar: a lifetime of cricket fandom”

  1. I’m still listening to this podcast, but I’m always amazed how many good things people have about Kapil Dev. I noticed the same in one of street cricket episodes (ft Vijay Bharadwaj IIRC) how he mentioned the kids used to idolize Jimmy Amarnath.

    @Sid: when you mentioned there are some terms you learnt only while listening to cricket commentary, I thought you’d mention “damp squib” (like you have mentioned in one earlier episode) 😀

    1. Thanks a lot, Vivek. Kapil must have been such an inspiration for kids growing up in the 1980s. I can’t imagine a single Indian cricket fan not touched by his presence. ‘Damp squib’! Haha, I chose to go with ilk this time.

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