In this episode, off spinner Chris Green of NSW, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Birmingham Bears etc., talks about his path to a professional cricketing career that is not based in first class cricket, his attitude towards bowling in the powerplay, his mental approach to the game, his idea of a good ball in T20, the challenges of being an itinerant T20 cricket and his dream of representing Australia.
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.