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A podcast about cricket games and life by Brian, Shourov and Abhik. Each episode, one of us picks an old cricket game and leads a conversation about why it is significant. Somewhere along the line there is a twist, which takes us away from cricket and into more weighty matters of life.

Twist in the Tail Shourov, Brian and Abhik

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A podcast about cricket games and life by Brian, Shourov and Abhik. Each episode, one of us picks an old cricket game and leads a conversation about why it is significant. Somewhere along the line there is a twist, which takes us away from cricket and into more weighty matters of life.

    Life in the Old Dog

    Life in the Old Dog

    In any other team in any other era, Gordon Greenidge would have been the top dog.  He just had the (mis) fortune to play in the same team with a certain Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards.

    Starting off facing Lillee and Thommo, Greenidge finished on the cusp of 40 against a new generation of champion Aussie quicks.  After a long hiatus, the Twist is back to celebrate an iconic late career innings from this most destructive batsman, a true fan favourite.   

    For us three 40+ yos a reminder that there is often life left in the old dog.

    This week's scorecard:
    4th Test, Bridgetown, Apr 20 - 24 1991, Australia tour of West Indies

    And some video highlights:
    Gordon Greenidge 226 versus Australia

    • 42 min
    Christmas Special: Heroes and Villains XI (with Gajanan Skandakumar)

    Christmas Special: Heroes and Villains XI (with Gajanan Skandakumar)

    In our special final episode for 2020, we bring back our favourite guest, Gaj, to discuss the best cricketers from this year's episodes.
    We pick a Heroes and Villains XI from all the cricketers we have discussed in 2020.  It has been a tumultuous year with many twists and turns.  Through it all we have had a lot of fun and interesting discussions, perhaps none more than this one.  What do you think of our selections ?

    Heroes XI:

    Sunil Gavaskar
    Richie Richardson
    Viv Richards
    Dean Jones
    Dwayne Bravo
    Brendon McCullum
    Kapil Dev
    Dougie Marillier
    Merv Hughes
    Ishant Sharma
    Curtley Ambrose
    Jonty Rhodes (12th man)

    Umpire: Dickie Bird

    Manager: Asha Bhosle

    Villains XI:

    Jack Hobbs
    Virat Kohli
    Ricky Ponting
    Steve Waugh
    Javed Miandad
    Mike Gatting
    Andy Flintoff
    Ian Botham
    Richard Hadlee
    Brett Lee
    Rodney Hogg
    Eknath Solkar (12th man)

    Umpire: Shakoor Rana

    Manager:  Monica Lewinsky

    No matches this week, But here is a link to confirm that Javed Miandad is related to Dawood Ibrahim by marriage

    • 56 min
    Cricket and Music

    Cricket and Music

    Shourov brings in a game from the 2006 Champions Trophy with standout performances from a number of the greats of Windies and Aussie cricket - and a rare game that had a successful musician and recording artist on each team! It's a great excuse to do something a little unconventional and  intersect our love of cricket with our love of music. The boys spend an enlightening session reviewing the most memorable cricketer-musicians in history, including some (uneven) performances from Brett Lee, Dwayne Bravo, Virat Kohli and more - before launching into a reminiscence of the songs that have formed a soundtrack to our own lives. Everything from Dire Straits to Bengali folk music to Tupac Shakur to Asha Bhosle has inspired us ... what are the songs that have formed the soundtrack to your cricketing life?

    Brett Lee feat. Asha Bhosle - You're the One for Me
    Curtly Ambrose and Richie Richardson on stage
    Six and Out - Can't Bowl, Can't Throw
    Dwayne Bravo - Beenie Man and Bravo
    Virat Kohli's ad for pimple cream

    Today's game - Australia vs West Indies, October 18th 2006, ICC Champions Trophy

    • 38 min
    Special Skills

    Special Skills

    March 6, 1971.  A revered day for Indian cricket fans. The debut of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar. 

    A West Indian  team in transition  still has a star studded batting line-up and a usual bowling attack.   In opposition the fabled Indian spin trio, a colourful cast of journeymen and two young batting stars on the rise. 

    A lot to like about this game, but Abhik has brought it in honour of one special man.  Eknath "Ekky" Solkar - enigmatic allrounder, unusual sledger, fast mover on the dance floor and perhaps the greatest short leg fielder ever. 

    A carnival atmosphere, a famous victory and an unusual record leads to stories of special skills elsewhere in life.

    Today's game:

    2nd Test, Port of Spain, Mar 6-10 1971, India tour of West Indies 

    • 45 min
    Imagination and Innovation (with Arnav Dutta)

    Imagination and Innovation (with Arnav Dutta)

    Zimbabwe vs india at Faridabad in 2002 - a nondescript ODI that was the scene of something extraordinary - one of the cricket world's first scoop shots! Douglas Marillier came in at number ten and blew away the Indian bowlers with an inventive, astonishing innings, at the same time confounding them by playing a shot they had never seen before. Our special guest Arnav Datta takes us through this game and how it changed his views on cricket to see someone who did something truly different. We segue into an entertaining discussion about Arnav's own career as a Kuwaiti cricketer on the international stage, before exchanging notes on how we have "played the scoop" (metaphorically, at least) in our own lives.

    Today's game - Zimbabwe vs India, Faridabad, March 7, 2002

    ... and Arnav's cricinfo page

    • 34 min
    Love to Hate

    Love to Hate

    Finally a game with no Australian or Indian connection. 

    Or is there ?

    This game features Sir Ian Botham and Sir Richard Hadlee, two players we loved to hate, and Dickie Bird, an umpire we loved to love.

    Why do we hate some players and teams more than others.  Not just a phenomenon unique to sport, do our enemies define us more than our friends ? And do we need the other side to define our own existence ?

    Today's game: 4th Test, Nottingham, Aug 25-29 1983, New Zealand tour of England

    And a picture of the three protagonists

    • 36 min

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