A home World Cup for India (in England)

A home World Cup for India (in England)A home World Cup for India (in England)

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We speak to three fans who have attended games during the ongoing World Cup, and chat about their in-ground experiences. Highlights: The lack of World Cup buzz in England, the easy accessibility to the stadiums, and the overwhelming support for India. * Participants: Minal (@granger_gab) Brinda (@itsbrinda) Jayakanthan (@jaiunni) Siddhartha


Bangladesh go out… but not without a fight

Bangladesh go out… but not without a fightBangladesh go out… but not without a fight

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 We review India’s win over Bangladesh in the World Cup match at Edgbaston. Talking points: Rohit continues to make most of his luck, Shakib continues to own the World Cup, and Pandya emerges as a genuine fifth bowler Participants: Mohammad Isam (@isam84) Subash Jayaraman (@cricketcouch) Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) *


India’s bowlers keep raising their game

India’s bowlers keep raising their gameIndia’s bowlers keep raising their game

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We review India’s win over West Indies in the World Cup match at Old Trafford. Talking points: India’s batting problem that is yet to be a problem, West Indies’ neither-here-nor-there approach to ODIs, and Mohammad Shami bowling Shai Hope with a ball straight from bowling heaven. Participants: Subash Jayaraman (@cricketcouch)


When it comes to Pakistan it’s not a lie if you believe it

When it comes to Pakistan, it’s not a lie if you believe itWhen it comes to Pakistan, it’s not a lie if you believe it

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We review Pakistan’s win over New Zealand in the World Cup match at Edgbaston. Talking points: Pakistan doing Pakistan things, Shaheen Afridi bowling the spell of the tournament, Babar Azam playing an innings four years in the making, and Hafeez doing, well, Hafeez things. Participants: Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) Subash Jayaraman


England back to being good, old England

England back to being good old EnglandEngland back to being good old England

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We review Australia’s win over England in the World Cup match at Lord’s. Talking points: England flirting with elimination, Australia hiding their fifth bowler and that ball from Mitchell Starc. Participants: Peter Miller (@thecricketgeek) Subash Jayaraman (@cricketcouch) * Related: Peter Miller and Dave Tickner: 28 Days’ Data: England’s Troubled Relationship


Bouncers, rain, and poor chasers: mid-tournament review

Bouncers, rain, and poor chasers: mid-tournament reviewBouncers, rain, and poor chasers: mid-tournament review

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We review the first half of the World Cup and discuss some of the main themes from the last three weeks. Talking points: England making the tournament interesting; rain, rain and more rain; teams trying to bounce opponents out; too many captains deciding to field first; and the growing separation


The Old Trafford blowout: India v Pakistan review

The Old Trafford blowout: India v Pakistan reviewThe Old Trafford blowout: India v Pakistan review

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We review India’s win over Pakistan in the World Cup match at Old Trafford. Talking points: Rohit’s majestic hundred, Pakistan’s strange tactics, and a most forgettable batting performance Participants: Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal) Subash Jayaraman (@cricketcouch) Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) Ashoka (@ABVan) * Related: India v Pakistan in World Cups * (Lead


Yuvraj

Yuvraj Singh and the journey from hope to possibilityYuvraj Singh and the journey from hope to possibility

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By Aftab Khanna On a crisp sunny winter afternoon in late 1999, as my cousin brother and I flipped through the latest edition of Sportstar, we came across a photograph of two teenagers from Punjab, both of whom had performed well in Under-19 tournaments. One was Reetinder Singh Sodhi, a familiar