Radio commentary lets you dream about the game – ‘Reds’ Perreira

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In the latest episode of the podcast we chat with one of the most prolific radio broadcasters: Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira. In a career spanning over 50 years, Reds has commentated on 152 Tests and close to 500 other matches – including ODIs, first-class, and List A games.

Note: Readers in India can now buy Mike Marqusee’s classic cricket book War Minus The Shooting on Flipkart and Amazon. Readers outside India, can buy the book on Amazon.

Talking Points:

  • Overcoming a stammer by imitating radio commentary
  • Traveling the Caribbean to watch live sport in the 1950s
  • A memorable commentary debut in 1971 – when India toured the Caribbean
  • The thriller at Edgbaston – calling West Indies v Pakistan in the 1975 World Cup
  • The honour of being at Lord’s in 1975 – watching West Indies lift the trophy
  • Life as a freelancer in Australia in 1975-76
  • The day Roy Fredericks ruled
  • The World Series Cricket game in Sydney – when Kerry Packer made his point
  • Breaking the story of West Indies’ “rebel” tour to South Africa
  • The 1983 World Cup – and the inexplicable loss in the final
  • Lara’s debut, West Indies’ 1-run win, and South Africa’s collapse in Barbados
  • The 2007 World Cup – and how it could have been so much better


Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)



Living My Dreams – Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira – Amazon

Reds hits rewind – Sriram Veera – ESPNcricinfo

Gavaskar Calypso – Lord Relator – YouTube

How we won the World Cup – Clive Lloyd interview – ESPNcricinfo

Roberts and Murray stand tall – Fazeer Mohammed – ESPNcricinfo

‘Quicker you bowled, harder he hit’ – Ian Chappell on Roy Fredericks’ 169 at Perth – ESPNcricinfo

‘Cricket is about scoring runs’ – Jeff Dujon interview – Siddhartha Vaidyanathan – ESPNcricinfo

Legends of TMS – Tony Cozier – YouTube

Why India’s win against West Indies in Berbice remains special – Nimish Dubey – Indian Express

Reds Perreira’s notes from the Perth Test of 1975 – when Roy Fredericks scored 169 off 145 balls


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