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


A thumping finish: India v England, 4th Test review

A thumping finish: India v England, 4th Test reviewA thumping finish: India v England, 4th Test review

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We discuss the fourth Test between India and England in Ahmedabad. Talking Points: India’s terrific achievement across eight Tests A triumph of depth for the Indian team Axar’s 27 wickets and his perfect debut series Why Ashwin’s value to the side is double that of their best batsman Mohammad Siraj


From the field to the press box to managing the media: a chat with Nishant AroraFrom the field to the press box to managing the media: a chat with Nishant Arora

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Our special guest this week is Nishant Arora who, over two decades, has worked in multiple capacities within cricket – as a TV journalist, player agent, and BCCI media manager, and ICC digital producer. Talking Points: Playing junior cricket with Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh Big-hitting Yuvraj losing SG balls at


An unquiet history: an interview with writer Osman SamiuddinAn unquiet history: an interview with writer Osman Samiuddin

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Our special guest this week is Osman Samiuddin, a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo and author of The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket.  One of the finest contemporary cricket writers, Osman has had a ring-side view of the triumphs and disappointments of Pakistan cricket over the last two decades. His


It takes all sorts

The theatre of spinThe theatre of spin

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By Siddhartha Vaidyanathan I grew up at a time when India won (nearly) every Test at home and lost (nearly) every Test abroad. The phrases that punctuated newspaper reports back then: ‘designer pitches’, ‘underprepared pitches’ and ‘doctored pitches’. The players were ‘tigers at home, lambs abroad’, prospering on tracks they


‘Much much more than a cricket tour’ – Bharat Sundaresan

‘Much much more than a cricket tour’ – Bharat Sundaresan‘Much much more than a cricket tour’ – Bharat Sundaresan

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In this special episode of the 81allout podcast, we chat with journalist and author Bharat Sundaresan on his experiences of covering India’s recent tour to Australia. Bharat is a cricket reporter at cricbuzz.com and is the author of The Dhoni Touch: Unravelling the Enigma that is MS Dhoni Talking points: Covering