Talking fandom: love, loyalty, and a sense of belonging

Talking fandom: love, loyalty, and a sense of belongingTalking fandom: love, loyalty, and a sense of belonging

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In the latest episode we discuss ideas of loyalty and fandom – with respect to both teams and individual athletes – and dissect various strands of ‘belonging’ to an imagined community. Buy Cricket Beyond the Bazaar (recently republished by 81allout) India (hardback) | India (paperback, e-copy) Australia (hardback, paperback, e-copy)


Clutch, pressure, choke: the language of cricketing discourse

Clutch, pressure, choke: the language of cricketing discourseClutch, pressure, choke: the language of cricketing discourse

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In the latest episode we discuss popular terms used to describe a cricketing contest – and why these are often lazy alternatives with no standard definition. Buy Cricket Beyond the Bazaar (recently republished by 81allout) India (hardback) | India (paperback, e-copy) Australia (hardback, paperback, e-copy) USA (hardback, paperback, e-copy) UK


‘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


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


Street cricket chronicles: TN – the land of idea batting, sodukku ball, and face bowlingStreet cricket chronicles: TN – the land of idea batting, sodukku ball, and face bowling

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Street cricket chronicles moves to Tamil Nadu and we were delighted to be joined by Tamil Nadu’s promising wicketkeeper batsman Narayan Jagadeesan to talk about playing amateur cricket in his formative years in Coimbatore and the influence of tennis ball cricket on some of the TN legends. We also bring


Do we judge umpires on ridiculously high standards?

Do we judge umpires on ridiculously high standards?Do we judge umpires on ridiculously high standards?

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In the latest episode of the 81allout podcast we discuss recent controversies around umpiring and the seemingly gradual erosion of umpires’ authority. Was Dhoni justified in walking onto the field and arguing with the umpires?  Is there data to prove that umpiring standards in this IPL has been worse than