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


Hitting v Batting: the choice that dictates the shape of a T20 contest

Hitting v Batting: the choice that dictates the shape of a T20 contestHitting v Batting: the choice that dictates the shape of a T20 contest

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In the latest episode of the podcast we discuss a fundamental question that underpins a T20 contest: does batting have a place in T20? Are elite batters like Virat Kohli, Babar Azam and Steve Smith good fits in the T20 format – and what metrics tell us how good a


A lifetime in cricket writing – Mike Coward interviewA lifetime in cricket writing – Mike Coward interview

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We speak to the veteran journalist and author Mike Coward, who has watched and covered cricket over six decades. Coward rewinds the clock to various points in his illustrious career and talks about the importance of journalists and players trusting each other. He also opens up on his experience of


A special win to round off a special year: Centurion Test review

A special win to round off a special year: Centurion Test reviewA special win to round off a special year: Centurion Test review

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We review the first Test between South Africa and India – which India won by 113 runs. This was only South Africa’s third defeat in Centurion across 27 Tests. Note: Readers in India can now buy Mike Marqusee’s classic cricket book War Minus The Shooting at the Atta Galatta bookstore


Reviving War Minus the Shooting – a chat with Osman SamiuddinReviving War Minus the Shooting – a chat with Osman Samiuddin

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In the latest episode of the podcast we talk about how and why we set up 81allout Publishing – and the first book we recently released: Mike Marqusee’s War Minus the Shooting. ESPNcricinfo’s senior editor Osman Samiuddin tells us what the book has meant to him and why he considers it


Tepid endings and glorious beginnings: Vijay Lokapally remembers India tour of England in 1996

Tepid endings and glorious beginnings: Vijay Lokapally remembers India tour of England in 1996Tepid endings and glorious beginnings: Vijay Lokapally remembers India tour of England in 1996

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In this episode, we chat with the veteran cricket writer Vijay Lokapally on India’s 1996 tour to England. Vijay relives the incandescent innings and spells he witnessed through the tour – both in the Tests as well as the tour games. He also gives us a detailed recap of Navjot


‘He made you believe the impossible’: Gideon Haigh on Shane Warne

‘He made you believe the impossible’: Gideon Haigh on Shane Warne‘He made you believe the impossible’: Gideon Haigh on Shane Warne

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We celebrate the 100th episode of the 81allout podcast with an illuminating conversation with Gideon Haigh – the gold standard when it comes to cricket writing. We could have spoken to Gideon about anything – cricket or otherwise – but we chose to focus on his brilliant book On Warne – a


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. Buy War Minus the Shooting in: India (e-copy only) USA (paperback and e-copy) UK (paperback and e-copy) Australia (paperback and e-copy) Canada (paperback and e-copy) Germany


Ghostwriting for Imran, beach-cricket with Viv, working for PataudiGhostwriting for Imran, beach-cricket with Viv, working for Pataudi

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Our special guest this week is Mudar Patherya, a cricket writer for Sportsworld magazine through the 1980s – before he moved on to other interests. Across five trips to Pakistan, visits to Sharjah, a tour to West Indies, and several assignments within India – Mudar made a name for himself