Couch Talk 198 with Brad Hogg

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.

Couch Talk 198 with Brad Hogg

Episode Credits:

Guest: Brad Hogg

Voice: Gideon Haigh from Couch Talk 60

Voice: Henna Khan

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Couch Talk 197 with WV Raman

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. 

Read the entire transcript here.

Episode Credits:

Guest: WV Raman

Voice: Gideon Haigh from Couch Talk 60

Voice: Henna Khan

Episode first published on SportStar Web.

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Couch Talk 196 with Simon Taufel

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. 

Episode Credits:

Guest: Simon Taufel

Voice: Gideon Haigh from Couch Talk 60

Voice: Henna Khan

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Couch Talk 195 – Tim Wigmore, Freddie Wilde

In this episode, cricket journalist Tim Wigmore and cricket analyst Freddie Wilde, co-authors of the book “Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution” discuss their book and the various aspects of T20 including the following: 

a) What should a T20 scorecard look like?

b) Why is the discourse around T20 doesn’t seem to have the appreciation of T20 being a different sport from cricket?

c) What granular measures of T20 performances are done by teams to illuminate the sport better?

d) What is the contest in T20: bat v bat, ball v ball, or ball v bat?

e) What sort of specialization of T20 skills in players is to be expected in the future?

f) Could pitches be standardized in T20s to better understand the contest?

g) CSK v RCB methodologies

h) Are “The Hundred” and “T10” as sport more differentiated from cricket than T20 is?

Episode Credits:

Guests: Tim Wigmore, Freddie Wilde

Voice: Gideon Haigh from Couch Talk 60

Voice: Henna Khan

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Couch Talk 194 with Harry Gurney

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.

Read the entire Transcript here.

The episode was first published at Sportstar Web.

Episode Credits:

Guest: Harry Gurney

Voice: Gideon Haigh from Couch Talk 60

Voice: Henna Khan

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Couch Talk 193 – R Ashwin

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.

Read the entire transcript here.

The episode was first published at Sportstar Web.

Episode Credits:

Guest: R Ashwin

Voice: Gideon Haigh from Couch Talk 60

Voice: Henna Khan

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Couch Talk 192 – Schalk Steyn

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.

Couch Talk 192 with Schalk Steyn

Read the entire transcript here.

Episode Credits:

Guest: Schalk Steyn

Voice: Gideon Haigh from Couch Talk 60

Voice: Henna Khan

Schalk Steyn’s Image from his Twitter account.

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Couch Talk 191 with Cheteshwar Pujara

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.

Read the entire transcript here.

The episode was first published at Sportstar Web.

Episode Credits:

Guest: Cheteshwar Pujara

Voice: Gideon Haigh from Couch Talk 60

Voice: Henna Khan

Pujara Image from here.

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Couch Talk 190 with Ian Bishop

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.

Ian Raphael Bishop

Read the entire transcript here.

The episode was first published at Sportstar Web.

Episode Credits:

Guest: Ian Bishop

Voice: Gideon Haigh from Couch Talk 60

Voice: Henna Khan

Bishop Image from here.

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ICC Code of Conduct Breaches and Penalties List

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.

Of course, I approached Alok and he very kindly provided his master list. I have added to it the published penalties from October 2016 to January 2017. [Download the file by clicking here. I’ll be updating this list monthly]. The more recent ones like the Niroshan Dickwella’s dissent, and the penalty of two match ban will be updated in due course on the ICC website, and I shall do the same.

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.

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