Shades of fandom: how our opinions about cricketers change over time

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Shades of fandom: how our opinions about cricketers change over time

Some cricketers we love at first sight; some, we take time to appreciate; others, we do not understand the fuss; and still others are quick to get under our skins. Often, we review our views over time – and often surprise ourselves by changing our opinions about cricketers.

Kapil Dev, Ishant Sharma, Ravi Shastri, Ian Chappell, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Azharuddin, and Steve Waugh – all formidable cricketers. All of whom we have changed our minds over at various stages. And all of whom we focus on in this episode – to understand the evolution of our fandom.

Talking Points:

  • What Kapil Dev chasing Hadlee’s record meant for many young fans
  • The staggering image of Kapil being a combination of Bumrah and Pant
  • Ishant Sharma’s arrival in Test cricket – and the ‘trolling’ years that followed
  • Post-2016 Ishant – the most improved Indian cricketer this decade?
  • The Ravi Shastri stereotypes – and how it is easy to be trapped by all of them
  • The legendary forthrightness of Ian Chappell
  • Rahul Dravid’s purple patch – and why that record needs to be revisited
  • Mohammad Azharuddin: a glorious rise, an inglorious fall
  • Steve Waugh and the danger of hyping ‘mental disintegration’
  • Sachin Tendulkar – the slow journey from hero to mortal


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

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Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

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  • Talking fandom: love, loyalty, and a sense of belonging – 81allout podcast
  • That special whistle: the phenomenon called CSK – 81allout podcast
  • Conversation with veteran journalist Pradeep Magazine – 81allout podcast
  • Whatever happened to Ravi Shastri 1.0 – Sharda Ugra – ESPNcricinfo
  • History’s witness: The IPL final, as Ravi Shastri saw it – Siddhartha Vaidyanathan – Yahoo Cricket
  • Ishant Sharma interview with Gaurav Kapoor – Breakfast with Champions – YouTube
  • Ian Chappell on captaincy and much more – 81allout podcast
  • The inscrutable craftsman – Rohit Brijnath – ESPNcricinfo
  • Like father, like son – Siddhartha Vaidyanathan – ESPNcricinfo
  • Out of my Comfort Zone – Steve Waugh autobiography – Amazon
  • Captain courageous, like Tendulkar, vs Rihanna – Mukul Kesavan – NDTV


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