Category Archives: Test Match Cricket

Waiting for Stiaan

Waiting is the hardest part, and Stiaan Van Zyl has done a lot of it. Van Zyl is unlike a lot of the Test debutants. He is 27 years old and has already played 96 First Class matches with a … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 146 with Madhav Apte

Former India opener Madhav Apte talks about his short international career despite averaging close to 50, tour to West Indies in 1952-53, playing alongside legends like Vinoo Mankad and Vijay Hazare, learning the art of opening batting from Vijay Merchant, … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 145 with Sadagoppan Ramesh

Former Indian opener S Ramesh talks about his debut in 1999 vs Pakistan where he faced perhaps the most complete bowling attack ever, his method to facing fast bowlers, his lack of footwork, disappointment over being dropped even with runs … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 137 with Chandu Borde

Former Indian batsman Chandu Borde talks about his playing career, his idol Vijay Hazare, facing up to the West Indian quick bowlers, meeting Sir Donald Bradman, his tenure as the chairman of Indian selectors, the story behind the selection of … Continue reading

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Dead Men Walking

England 2011. I watched two of the Tests in that 4-match series as a fan, from the stands, living and (mostly) dying with the performance of the Indian team. It hurt. I felt my heart sink, and felt weak in … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 130 with Gordon Greenidge

Former West Indian opener Gordon Greenidge talks about the mental and technical aspects of opening the batting, what is expected of a Test opener, his partnership with Desmond Haynes over the years, the great team he played in and the … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 123 with Atul Wassan, Former India Cricketer

Former India bowler talks about his playing career, lack of fast bowlers in India, the current crop of Indian pacers, watching Sachin Tendulkar get to his maiden century, amongst other things.   Atul is on Twitter: @cricketguru Download the episode … Continue reading

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Couch Talk 121 with Sanjay Manjrekar

In this episode, Former India batsman and current commentator Sanjay Manjrekar on dealing with expectations and batting failures, and the perils of criticizing Tendulkar. Sanjay is on Twitter: @SanjayManjrekar Download the episode by clicking here or listen to it on Sound Cloud. Read … Continue reading

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R Ashwin on the new bowling action during the Asia Cup

Ravichandran Ashwin caused a massive uproar and consternation amongst cricket followers, especially in India, when he unveiled a new bowling action during the second match of the recently concluded Asia Cup 2014 in Bangladesh. Ashwin had match returns of 10-1-50-1 … Continue reading

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Morkel-Clarke, Predator-Prey

I’m a big fan of the Nature channels on TV – National Geographic, Discovery Wild, and Animal Planet etc. The programs that usually capture my attention are those dealing with predator big cats such as lions, tigers, leopards, and cheetahs. … Continue reading

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