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The friendliest transcontinental cricket podcast. Join us, a group of Indian fans located in various parts of the globe as we talk through the goings on in cricket through stories, anecdotes and stats.
Liberally smattered with attempts at humour, puns, and banter, Bits and Pieces is ideally coupled with a cold beverage and a pinch of salt on the rim. If cricket be your food of love, play on.

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The friendliest transcontinental cricket podcast. Join us, a group of Indian fans located in various parts of the globe as we talk through the goings on in cricket through stories, anecdotes and stats.
Liberally smattered with attempts at humour, puns, and banter, Bits and Pieces is ideally coupled with a cold beverage and a pinch of salt on the rim. If cricket be your food of love, play on.

    Ep 47 - Beautiful Sundries with Bharat Sundaresan

    Ep 47 - Beautiful Sundries with Bharat Sundaresan

    In Episode 47, we have the friendliest, most trans-continental cricket person ever joining the panel. Bharat Sundaresan regales us with stories upon stories of cricketing goodness. He talks about finding the intimate side of the intimidating Mitch Johnson, and about being an innocent bystander who got co-opted into Marlon Samuels' boorish post World Cup presser. He regales us with tales of driving across the length and breadth of Australia in 2020, touring the country alongside the touring Indians - tales that will soon be out in an epic book, on the epic series. His Rohit Sharma impression has us clutching our sides, and he has hair-care and styling tips that you may or may not want to follow - but if you're an aspiring cricket journo (or if you are Kane Williamson) you surely want to learn from him about observing the action at the nets. Bharat is one of the genuinely good people in cricket, and it was pure joy to have him on for this episode.

    Follow us on Twitter:

    1. Bharat: https://twitter.com/beastieboy07

    2. Abhishek: https://twitter.com/El_Chopernos

    3. Mohan: https://twitter.com/mohank

    4. Nitin: https://twitter.com/knittins

    Show notes:

    1. The Dhoni touch - https://www.amazon.in/Dhoni-Touch-Unravelling-Enigma-Mahendra/dp/0143440063/

    2. The Mitchell Johnson Show: https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-mitchell-johnson-show/id1651077442

    3. The Patrick Patterson story: https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/patrick-patterson-an-unquiet-mind-4762590/

    4.Believe: What Life and Cricket Taught me - https://www.amazon.in/Believe-What-Life-Cricket-Taught/dp/0143454331/

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep 46: Crystal (white)-ball gazing and red-ball nostalgia

    Ep 46: Crystal (white)-ball gazing and red-ball nostalgia

    In the wake of a meh World Cup campaign for India, Chops and Srinath are in a post-mortem-esque mood; they bring to you their own version of armchair handwringing and criticism with hopes against hope that things will change for the better as far as Indian men's T20I cricket is concerned. With not much cricket of note during the week gone by, they shift their attention to trading personal stories and anecdotes from their favourite Tests from the delicious Australia in India rivalry. From epic ways to follow cricket as schoolboys to tales of Indian spin greats helping out Aussie spin novices, from the traditional Test centres of Delhi and Bangalore to the thrillers at Mohali and Dharamshala, it has been a clash for the ages and the 2023 edition can't start soon enough for these two. So lend us your ears and dive right in.

    Follow us on Twitter at: 

    1. Chops: https://twitter.com/El_Chopernos

    2. Srinath: https://twitter.com/srinathsripath

    Show notes: 

    Queensland vs Victoria at Chennai in 2001: https://www.gettyimages.in/detail/news-photo/australian-cricketers-michael-kasprowicz-and-matthew-hayden-news-photo/1101637

    Gavin gave in to Prasanna's wisdom and reaped the rewards: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/gavin-robertson-you-have-no-idea-what-you-re-doing-here-623022?platform=amp

    Krejza and a crazy Bedi story: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/bedi-backs-krejza-for-delhi-test-375521

    When Kohli said, "Friendship Over With Kangaroo": https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/kohli-says-friendship-with-australian-players-has-been-damaged-1088981

    Laxman and Dravid talk to Sambit Bal about Kolkata 2001 and how much money Dalmiya awarded to Laxman:  https://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/805857/-the-team-s-mindset-changed-after-kolkata

    Will he, won't he? Need for Smeed is white-ball only: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/county-news-will-smeed-chooses-his-white-ball-path-but-the-ground-was-laid-a-generation-ago-1345058

    Azhar's one handed blinder of a catch in the inaugural Border Gavaskar Test, 1996: https://youtu.be/n6scfdQynUc

    • 56 min
    Ep 45: Reserve-Iyer Dogs

    Ep 45: Reserve-Iyer Dogs

    This episode was recorded minutes after England won the final of the T20 World Cup, which now means that an Indian-origin Prime Minister now holds both the ODI and T20 gongs. We subscribe to the 'Anybody But England' school of thought, but in Episode 45 our main question is 'Can anybody beat England?' Tony, Murali, Sameer and Nitin once again relive the agony of India's horrendous defeat in the semi-final, and Pakistan's much more spirited effort in the MCG final, where Jos Buttler and co. reigned supreme. Along the way, in addition to our love for hating England, we talk about India's love for middle-aged anchors, Mt. Manganui's love for being mispronounced, MS Dhoni's love for aviation, Sanju Samson's love for parottas, Australia's love for Prime Ministers and Ilayaraja's love for wordplay.

    (Note - Our joy at England's win translated to a higher than normal frequency of F-Bombs in this episode. And hence the Tarantino-esque title to the show)

    Find us on Twitter at: 

    1. Tony: https://twitter.com/notytony

    2. Nitin: https://twitter.com/knittins 

    3. Sameer: https://twitter.com/sleepyhead48

    4. Murali: https://twitter.com/muralisatagopun

    Show notes:

    1. The Sports Gene: https://www.amazon.com/Sports-Gene-Extraordinary-Athletic-Performance/dp/161723012X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3OY4QPURR52EP&keywords=The+Sports+gene&qid=1668376961&sprefix=the+sports+ge%2Caps%2C468&sr=8-1

    2. 22 Yarns ft. Robin Uthappa Part 1: https://open.spotify.com/episode/719UIH79o6i162Ux40IKjn 

    3. 22 Yarns ft. Robin Uthappa Part 2: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0BBZQ8tVdAI4Y4fPhZAVzE

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 44: A Pakistunner of a semi-final line-up

    Ep 44: A Pakistunner of a semi-final line-up

    In the last episode, we had bid a fond and wistful farewell to Pakistan, only to welcome them right back into the World Cup this week! Zainub, Srinath, Nitin, PGK and Chopernos come together to marvel at the jigra, the jazba, the dileri and just the 'haal' of Pakistan, and their stunning entry into the semis following a series of incredible events, aided by tbe bumbling Proteas and Bungle-a-Desh. Mohan K reports from the MCG after witnessing India v Zimbabwe alongside 92,000 other people. SKY or Moin Khan - who is the better gum-chewer? If 2022 is a repeat of 1992, who is the new Inzamam, and is Babar Azam reprising Rameez Raja or Imran Khan? Is the Scene on for Pakistan again? Will it be India v Pakistan at the MCG again? Which is that one team that no one can stand anymore? (Hint: It's not England) Tune in to find out.

    Find us on Twitter at:

    1. Srinath: https://twitter.com/srinathsripath

    2. PGK: https://twitter.com/peegeekay

    3. Zainub: https://twitter.com/zainubrazvi

    4. Chopernos: https://twitter.com/El_Chopernos

    5. Nitin: https://twitter.com/knittins

    Show notes:

    1. Pak v WI, 1992: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r9Piqz-XDc

    2. Moin Khan chewing up gum and Australia, 1999: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTkn4nE6RAg

    3. "Tweaker, darter" Shadab that's what you need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG4si85mxyk

    4. The Haal of Pakistan: https://wisden.com/stories/archive/the-nightwatchman-features/the-haal-of-pakistan-osman-samiuddin-long-read

    5. The Scene is on for Pakistan (2019 edition): https://podcasts.apple.com/ae/podcast/is-the-scene-on-for-pakistan/id1386771685?i=1000442908343

    6. "Jeetendra bhai, Jeetendra!" Origin Story: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/sidin-vadukut-watching-india-v-pakistan-in-basel-508877

    7. Best World Cup ever? https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/sports-trends/t20-world-cup-2022-has-the-tournament-been-the-best-ever-yet-9443181.html

    8. Sleeping at the wheel were the Proteas: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/t20-world-cup-2022-ned-vs-sa-south-africa-and-the-tag-we-will-carry-that-monkey-on-our-backs-temba-bavuma-1343596

    9. The Dutch walked the talk and then talked the talk to Pak: https://twitter.com/grassrootscric/status/1589139693995950080?t=JLxoKmez9n2Qqytpi3Fz0g&s=19

    10. Bertus de Jong's epic thread on the qualification rules for men's T20 World Cup 2024: https://twitter.com/BdJcricket/status/1583414735457787905?t=LUsFkf3YM4x4f8bceOf9Fw&s=19

    11. What semi-final? Shaheen is ready for the final! https://www.instagram.com/reel/CknIs2_JAha/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

    • 59 min
    Ep 43: Pak Has-beens after #PakBean?

    Ep 43: Pak Has-beens after #PakBean?

    PGK, Sameer, Tony, Murali and Nitin assemble soon after India's World Cup defeat against South Africa at cold and bouncy Perth. Does Pakistan still have a chance of making it? Which of the many gaps in the Indian team can Rishabh Pant plug? Inzy was a run out expert, but would he have ever gotten Mankaded? What are Joe Rogan, Bam-Bam Bigelow and Akshay Kumar doing in a cricket podcast? Stay till the end to find out answers to all these questions, and to see whether these guys are capable of doing a single episode without an Ajay Jadeja reference.

    Show notes:

    1. A ragged finish at Kochi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40dlxW0xN0U

    2. The Pak Bean story: https://www.deccanherald.com/sports/cricket/send-real-mr-bean-zimbabwe-revel-in-revenge-over-pakistan-in-bean-derby-1157413.html

    3. Joe Rogan checks out Kohli's Insta following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADC3ErCdu6g

    4. AshAnna X Inzybhai https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-IHFHVv1i8

    • 52 min
    Ep 42: King at the G and Kin at the G

    Ep 42: King at the G and Kin at the G

    In the immediate aftermath of the greatest T20 match in recent memory, the Bits and Pieces gang get together for some emotional catharsis. Join Murali, Vikas, Sameer, Chops, Tony and some friends at the stadium for some raw thoughts that lay the smackdown on the royal rumble that was India taking on Pakistan at the MCG. 

    *Follow us: 

    Murali: https://twitter.com/muralisatagopun

    Vikas: https://twitter.com/donquicksort

    Sameer: https://twitter.com/sleepyhead148

    Chops: https://twitter.com/el_chopernos

    Tony: https://twitter.com/notytony

    *Show Notes:

    1. Travis Basevi tribute by Jarrod Kimber: https://twitter.com/ajarrodkimber/status/1583463271004110848?t=URnOxhJNWtIZGdRmUe7GTA&s=19

    2. Ashwin's running between the wickets - a theoretical treatise by Sidin Vadukut: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/sidin-vadukut-three-things-you-didn-t-know-about-ravichandran-ashwin-544072

    3. Anushka Sharma's spouse played a handy knock at a cricket match today: https://www.instagram.com/p/CkDnA-npJi9/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

    • 1 hr 14 min

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