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.
- 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)
Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)
Buy The Summer Game by Gideon Haigh (recently republished by 81allout)
- 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
Lead image from here.