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 book

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. Talking Points: The difficulty of finding the book Marqusee’s ability to “get” the subcontinent The importance for a writer to immerse themselves in a culture The


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


Cricket as a novelty, an obsession, and as literature: interview with Samanth SubramanianCricket as a novelty, an obsession, and as literature: interview with Samanth Subramanian

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In this episode, we chat with journalist and author (and once full-time cricket journalist) Samanth Subramanian. A long-time cricket fan who began his career as a sub-editor at Cricinfo, Samanth rewinds to the time he fell in love with the game – in the mid-1990s – and gives us a


‘Every generation needs its writers to tell its stories’‘Every generation needs its writers to tell its stories’

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In this special episode, we chat with veteran sports writer Sharda Ugra. From interviewing star cricketers as a college student… to blazing a trail as a sports journalist in the early ’90s… to writing on a variety of sports for The Hindu… to being the chief sports writer at India


Street cricket chronicles: tip-top, connection, and taking panga in Delhi

Street cricket chronicles: tip-top, connection, and taking panga in DelhiStreet cricket chronicles: tip-top, connection, and taking panga in Delhi

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We are happy to kickstart a new series: street cricket chronicles. Here we hope to bring out the cricket culture in different cities at the most amateur levels: whether it is on the streets, in the gullies and driveways and terraces, on beaches, or in the parks. In this episode


Powerhouse v Superculture: India v Australia in World Cups

Powerhouse v Superculture: India v Australia in World CupsPowerhouse v Superculture: India v Australia in World Cups

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In the latest 81allout podcast we look back at the India-Australia rivalry in World Cups, from 1983 to 2015. We chart the rise of this rivalry from its modest beginnings and talk about how the commercial rise of Indian cricket coincided with Australia’s purple patch. Highlights: The Indian team’s depth