Clutch, pressure, choke: the language of cricketing discourse

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Clutch, pressure, choke: the language of cricketing discourse
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In the latest episode we discuss popular terms used to describe a cricketing contest – and why these are often lazy alternatives with no standard definition.

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Talking Points:

  • The category error in sports – when stories are used to describe contests
  • The narrative around ‘big moments’ and how some phases are assumed to ‘decide’ contests
  • The rampant discourse around ‘pressure situations’
  • The belief that some players are superior at the finish than at the start
  • Jordan and Robert Horry – and the spread of the clutch narrative
  • Australia v South Africa, Edgbaston, 1999: narrative gold
  • How does one explain Klusener’s approach to the final over of the semi-final?
  • The future of cricket discourse – and ways to describe the entire contest

Participants:

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Ashoka (@ABVan)

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