‘A match that you watch from the stadium is a sacred thing’: an interview with the historian Mukul Kesavan

‘A match that you watch from the stadium is a sacred thing’: an interview with the historian Mukul Kesavan‘A match that you watch from the stadium is a sacred thing’: an interview with the historian Mukul Kesavan

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In this episode, we chat with author, essayist, and perceptive cricket columnist Mukul Kesavan. Besotted with cricket for over five decades – and viewing it through the lens of politics, sociology, and history – Mukul talks about his magnetic attraction to the game and its many pleasures. Talking Points: An Anglophone


When a tie was a victory for Border’s battlers

When a tie was a victory for Border’s battlersWhen a tie was a victory for Border’s battlers

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  In this special episode of the 81allout podcast, we chat with Michael Sexton on his latest book Border’s Battlers, which provides a fascinating account of the iconic tied Test between India and Australia at Chepauk in September 1986. Michael has been a journalist, producer, and sportswriter for over three


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


The World Cup that changed (almost) everything

The World Cup that changed (almost) everythingThe World Cup that changed (almost) everything

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In the latest 81allout podcast we rewind to one of the mostly fondly remembered World Cups – from 1992. Why is this such a beloved tournament? Has there been a better collection of cricket jerseys at one event? We talk about Mark Greatbatch’s sixes, Martin Crowe’s innovative tactics, Srikkanth’s duck