Waiting to take off: the potential for women’s cricket in India

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In the latest episode of the podcast we chat with journalist Annesha Ghosh about the Indian Women cricket team – their journey in 2022 and how much there is to look forward to in 2023. Talking Points: 2022: a momentous year for Indian women’s cricket both on and off the


What we rant about when we rant about umpiring

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In the latest episode of the podcast we chat about the challenge of being a modern umpire – and how excess scrutiny and knee-jerk reactions from pundits have combined to create a toxic environment. Talking Points: The challenge for modern umpires – with ball-by-ball social media scrutiny How TV replays


India overcome Bangladesh’s stern spin challenge: Test series review

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In the latest episode of the podcast we discuss India’s 2-0 win in the Test series in Bangladesh. Talking Points: India’s close escape in the second Test in Mirpur Are Kohli and Rahul going through a bad patch or are they on the wane? Batting against spin with the new


‘He bowled balls that could not have been bowled by anyone else in history’ – Gideon Haigh on Wasim Akram‘He bowled balls that could not have been bowled by anyone else in history’ – Gideon Haigh on Wasim Akram

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In the latest episode we talk to author and journalist Gideon Haigh about his recent collaboration with Wasim Akram on his memoir Sultan. We talk about the process of writing the book and the challenges that Gideon had to overcome to ensure he told the story in Wasim’s voice. Talking


Judging greatness across eras: measures, challenges, and fallacies

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In the latest episode of the podcast, we discuss the idea of greatness in cricket. What do we mean when we say a player is ‘great’, how does one compare across eras, and what are the pitfalls we fall into when discussing greatness. Talking Points: Greatness as a measurement of


‘The first program I ever wrote was Cricinfo’ – Simon King

‘The first program I ever wrote was Cricinfo’ – Simon King‘The first program I ever wrote was Cricinfo’ – Simon King

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In the latest episode of the podcast we speak to two pioneers from the early days of the internet: Simon King, the founder of Cricinfo, and Vishal Misra, an early volunteer who was instrumental in the building of the database and streamlining live scoring. Buy Cricket Beyond the Bazaar (recently


England too good in tournament of upsets: T20 World Cup review

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In the latest episode of the podcast we discuss the recently concluded T20 World Cup in Australia – where England were crowned champions. We focus on some of the themes of the tournament – upsets, teams assessing a variety of conditions, exploiting ground dimensions, and the overall calibre of strokeplay


Sri Lanka’s unique and incredible cricket history – interview with author Nicholas Brookes

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In the latest episode we talk to author and journalist Nicholas Brookes about his recent book An Island’s XI: The Story of Sri Lankan Cricket. We talk about Nicholas’ journey in learning about different aspects of Sri Lankan cricket and touch upon some of the key themes in the book


ShotShot

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By Siddhartha Vaidyanathan There is a certain type of cricket fan, perhaps you are one such, who spends a lot of time in front of mirrors. Life-size mirrors to be precise – that hang in your bedroom or in trial rooms of clothes shops or in washrooms in upscale restaurants.