When India faced Nas ball: rewind to England’s tour of India in 2001

When India faced Nas ball: rewind to England’s tour of India in 2001When India faced Nas ball: rewind to England’s tour of India in 2001

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We rewind to England’s tour to India in 2001-02 – when India won the three-Test series 1-0 and England leveled the six-match ODI series 3-3. England arrived in India on the back of terrific series wins in Sri Lanka and Pakistan – and despite a green bowling attack managed to


A right royal collapse: India v Pakistan review

A bowling attack for all seasons: India v Pakistan reviewA bowling attack for all seasons: India v Pakistan review

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We review the India v Pakistan match in Ahmedabad – and chat about the other themes developing in this World Cup. Talking points:  India’s enviable bowling attack for the conditions Jasprit Bumrah – the magician Kuldeep and Jadeja keeping Pakistan quiet Siraj and the cross-seam attack Rohit Sharma’s evolution as


Shades of fandom: how our opinions about cricketers change over time

Shades of fandom: how our opinions about cricketers change over timeShades of fandom: how our opinions about cricketers change over time

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Some cricketers we love at first sight; some, we take time to appreciate; others, we do not understand the fuss; and still others are quick to get under our skins. Often, we review our views over time – and often surprise ourselves by changing our opinions about cricketers. Kapil Dev,


Hard for journalists today to probe serious issues in cricket – Pradeep Magazine interview

Hard for journalists today to probe serious issues in cricket – Pradeep Magazine interviewHard for journalists today to probe serious issues in cricket – Pradeep Magazine interview

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We talk to the veteran journalist and author – Pradeep Magazine. We discuss the major themes of his books – Not Quite Cricket and Not Just Cricket – and talk about the lessons from the match-fixing epidemic in the late 1990s and how the player-journalist relationship has altered over time.


‘There are things more important than taking wickets and scoring runs’ – Henry Olonga interview

‘There are things more important than taking wickets and scoring runs’ – Henry Olonga interview‘There are things more important than taking wickets and scoring runs’ – Henry Olonga interview

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We talk to the former Zimbabwe fast bowler – and the first black cricketer to represent his country – Henry Olonga. We focus on the book that Olonga published in 2010 – Blood, Sweat and Treason – and revisit the highs and lows of his career. We also look back


What we rant about when we rant about umpiring

What we rant about when we rant about umpiringWhat we rant about when we rant about umpiring

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In the latest episode of the podcast we chat about the challenge of being a modern umpire – and how excess scrutiny and knee-jerk reactions from pundits have combined to create a toxic environment. Talking Points: The challenge for modern umpires – with ball-by-ball social media scrutiny How TV replays


Judging greatness across eras: measures, challenges, and fallacies

Judging greatness across eras: measures, challenges, and fallaciesJudging greatness across eras: measures, challenges, and fallacies

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In the latest episode of the podcast, we discuss the idea of greatness in cricket. What do we mean when we say a player is ‘great’, how does one compare across eras, and what are the pitfalls we fall into when discussing greatness. Talking Points: Greatness as a measurement of