When India faced Nas ball: rewind to England’s tour of India in 2001

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When India faced Nas ball: rewind to England’s tour of India in 2001

We rewind to England’s tour to India in 2001-02 – when India won the three-Test series 1-0 and England leveled the six-match ODI series 3-3. England arrived in India on the back of terrific series wins in Sri Lanka and Pakistan – and despite a green bowling attack managed to gave India a scare in two Tests.¬†

Talking Points:

  • The uncertainty around the tour because of the events around 9/11
  • India’s eventful 2001 – epic wins, big defeats, and plenty of controversy
  • The similar (yet contrasting) narratives around the captaincy of Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly
  • How England’s raw bowling attack found a way to restrict India’s batting line-up
  • The legend of Ashley Giles bowling a negative line from over the wicket
  • Tendulkar’s peak – and the unrealistic high standards everyone set for him
  • Craig White and Matthew Hoggard: coming of age on a tough tour
  • The Bangalore Test that could have been played in Headingley
  • The threat of Sehwag at No.7
  • Marcus Trescothick’s dream run in the one-dayers
  • When Flintoff took his shirt off


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

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Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)


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  • India v England, Ahmedabad Test highlights, 2001-02 – YouTube
  • India v England, Bangalore Test highlights, 2001-02 – YouTube
  • England divided by safety worries – Mike Selvey.- Guardian
  • Playing with Fire – Nasser Hussain autobiography – Amazon
  • Coming Back to Me – Marcus Trescothick autobiography – Amazon


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2 thoughts on “When India faced Nas ball: rewind to England’s tour of India in 2001”

  1. There was a time when I was listening to too many cricket podcasts and felt overburdened especially since India-centered podcasts usually are either going gaga over Indian cricket and cricketer or bashing Indian cricket because of BCCI and their ‘great’ work. I have associated my identity with cricket a lot, I love the Indian team as it was the team I have associated always with, even though on a larger level I do not believe in the idea of nationalism. I am more of a supporter of Benedict Anderson’s idea of imagined communities but still Indian cricket team is the only team I have always felt defensive or extremely passionate about. I was born in MP but lived in Rajasthan which meant I never could connect to either of the teams in Ranji Cricket, I never felt local that way. This is the only team I watched. Hence, it feels a little unfair to brand every Indian cricket fan as a nationalist fan. People pick clubs, Indian cricket team is like a club that I have been a lifelong supporter and I do not want to feel guilty for it. I feel like 81all out is enough to give me what I want from cricket. Anyway, I love this memory series podcast you guys have before every series, The 2001 India-England series was probably the last ever cricket series that I am not aware of, since in 2002 summer I started following cricket, at least Indian cricket. My lot of memories of life in general include the memory of cricket. There is an association of what was happening in my life with the cricket. This was a great podcast looking back on a test series. There are a lot of past podcasts that I am going through from your feed and I appreciate your work. Recently I was listening to your podcast on how our opinions change of cricketers, that was a marvelous conversation. Thank you

    1. Thanks for your comment. You will find many ‘lookback’ episodes in the back catalogue. We hope to continue doing this going forward.

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