The art of Bedi: Suresh Menon on the bowler, the man, and the biography

The art of Bedi: Suresh Menon on the bowler, the man, and the biographyThe art of Bedi: Suresh Menon on the bowler, the man, and the biography

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In this episode, we chat with the veteran cricket writer Suresh Menon on one of India’s greatest cricketers – Bishan Bedi Suresh talks about his early impressions of Bedi and the spin quartet, and explores his relationship with Bedi as a fan, a cricket writer, a biographer and a friend.


Tepid endings and glorious beginnings: Vijay Lokapally remembers India tour of England in 1996

Tepid endings and glorious beginnings: Vijay Lokapally remembers India tour of England in 1996Tepid endings and glorious beginnings: Vijay Lokapally remembers India tour of England in 1996

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In this episode, we chat with the veteran cricket writer Vijay Lokapally on India’s 1996 tour to England. Vijay relives the incandescent innings and spells he witnessed through the tour – both in the Tests as well as the tour games. He also gives us a detailed recap of Navjot


War Minus the Shooting – revisiting the 1996 World Cup through a classic book

War Minus the Shooting – revisiting the 1996 World Cup through a classic bookWar Minus the Shooting – revisiting the 1996 World Cup through a classic book

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In the latest episode we revisit War Minus the Shooting, Mike Marqusee’s book on his journey through the subcontinent during the 1996 World Cup. Talking Points: The difficulty of finding the book Marqusee’s ability to “get” the subcontinent The importance for a writer to immerse themselves in a culture The


When Cook and Co. did the unthinkable – England’s tour to India in 2012-13

When Cook and Co. did the unthinkable – England in India 2012-13When Cook and Co. did the unthinkable – England in India 2012-13

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Click here to support 81allout on Ko-Fi   In this episode, we look back to England’s tour to India in 2012-13. England had not won a series in India since 1984-85 and they began the tour as underdogs – especially after a heavy defeat in the first Test in Ahmedabad. The


The Melbourne Miracle – India’s tour of Australia 1980-81The Melbourne Miracle – India’s tour of Australia 1980-81

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In this episode, we look back to India’s tour of Australia in 1980-81. India went into the Test series against a strong Australian team after playing merely one Test since the end of the home series against Pakistan in ’79-80. India suffered a thumping loss by an innings at Sydney,


A forgotten classic squeezed between a washout and a dud – India’s tour of New Zealand, 1998-99

A forgotten classic squeezed between a washout and a dud – India’s tour of New Zealand, 1998-99A forgotten classic squeezed between a washout and a dud – India’s tour of New Zealand, 1998-99

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In this podcast, we look back at India’s tour of New Zealand in 1998-99. India had pulled off a thrilling Test series win against Australia at home earlier in the year, followed by some memorable wins in ODI tournaments. There was a disheartening loss in the one-off Test in Zimbabwe


Pace, swing, cut and craft: 11 masterful spells in India

Pace, swing, cut, and craft: 11 masterful spells in IndiaPace, swing, cut, and craft: 11 masterful spells in India

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We are living in a golden age of Indian fast bowling. Pitches, conditions, match situation – nothing seems to matter. India’s bowling attack is ruthlessly targeting the opposition, and summoning magic deliveries at will. What better time to talk about our favorite quick bowling performances in Indian conditions – from


Pakistan in 1999: the allure, the magic, and the heartbreak

Pakistan in 1999: the allure, the magic, and the heartbreakPakistan in 1999: the allure, the magic, and the heartbreak

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It was a year when everything came together… until it fell spectacularly apart. There was something magical about Pakistan in 1999… till they time they crumbled. For a generation of Pakistan fans, the year 1999 meant much. Shoaib Akhtar emerged as a force of nature. Shahid Afridi provided a glimpse