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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


‘It takes time to understand what makes you tick’ – Aakash Chopra

‘It takes time to understand what makes you tick’ – Aakash Chopra‘It takes time to understand what makes you tick’ – Aakash Chopra

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In this episode, we chat with former India Test cricketer, columnist, author and commentator Aakash Chopra. Aakash tells us about his initiation into the game – in the mid-1980s – and of learning the fundamentals from his legendary coach Tarak Sinha. He goes on to review his international stint and