Australian spinner Brad Hogg joins the CouchTalk to discuss how he came to be a left arm wrist spinner, how he learned his craft, how he handled being behind Shane Warne and Stuart McGill in the pecking order, dealing with self-doubt, his dismissal of Andy Flower in 2003, the circumstances surrounding Warne being sent home from the 2003 World Cup and his elevation to be the No. 1 spinner in the team, comparison of the 2003 and 2007 world cup winning Aussie teams, role of spin in T20s and his philosophy in life.
Former Indian opener WV Raman talks about the circumstances under which he became an opening batsmen, the challenges of facing bowlers from West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa, his playing career, the spectacular partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Mohd Azharuddin in Cape Town (1996), his experiences as a coach in domestic cricket and as well as the head coach of Indian women’s national team.
Former international umpire Simon Taufel joins the podcast for the second time and talks about his new book “Finding the Gaps“, the effect of the terrorist attack on the team and official buses in 2009 in Lahore on him and his family, conflict resolution on a cricket field, the impact of social media and TV punditry on the heightened criticisms of umpires and whether there is a need for an umpire to be part of the TV commentary box, amongst other things.
The quick bowler from England and Nottinghamshire and a host of T20 franchises around the world, Harry Gurney, talks about the two key variations he uses in the T20 frmat – Slowers and Yorkers. He talks on the different varieties of slower balls he bowls, and how he sets up the field in a T20 match, and the work that goes in to practicing and bowling Yorkers. He also breaks down the videos of Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah bowling slower yorkers and also his own performance from T20 Finals day.
Indian offspinner R Ashwin joins the podcast for a third time to discuss his decision to play county cricket, his experiences in England and rediscovering the love of playing the game, Indian management’s decision to not play him in limited overs formats, handling setbacks due to injuries and his outlook on life and cricket as his career moves forward.
The father of Dale Steyn -one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time – joins the show to talk about his son’s foray into cricket, his childhood, the sacrifices the parents had to make and his progress through to the national squad, his successes and failures, his injuries and his retirement from Tests.
Indian Test No. 3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara talks about the stereotyping that has followed him his entire career, his preparation routines, slip catching, his approach to nets sessions, and his favorite Tests, Test series in this episode.
In this reboot episode of the Couch Talk podcast, former West Indian fast bowler Ian Bishop talks about fast bowlers and fast bowling in the last three decades. He discusses his inspirations, mentors, fast bowling technique, fascinating spells he’s watched, and the younger generation of fast bowlers.
In the February 2017 issue of The Cricket Monthly, Alok Prasanna Kumar wrote an essay “Crime and punishment” looking in to the “history of penalties and breaches under the ICC’s code of conduct”. He looked at the “penalties imposed on players from current Test-playing nations between January 1992 and October 2016 across Tests, ODIs and T20Is, as detailed on the ICC’s website”.
Give it a read, it provides some interesting insights in to the how referees from different nations handle the code breaches by players from different nations. It might confirm some of your suspicions of bias, or clear you of it.
At any rate, I went looking for the source data – at the behest of a friend – that Alok had used in his article: the ICC website. The ICC had recently upgraded their website and it looks like the historical data has vanished, and only listing of the penalties for code of conduct breaches since September 2016 is available.
Alok had only used the data for players from Test playing nations. Going forward, I shall update the list for ALL players as and when they become available on ICC site. If ICC doesn’t want to store the historical data on their site, publicly, then we shall.