Since the dawn of the millenium cricket journalism has changed. The way we consume and cover the sport has new requirements in this digital world and Jaime Alter is the true digital content creator of today. Alter joins the podcast this week to talk about his love for the game and how the paths aligned for him to be part of the Sambit Bal lead cricinfo crew in 2005.
We explore the ever changing digital landscape of the game today. Alter touches upon different aspects of how the Internet generation has also changed the approach to cricket coverage. Does the independent content creators add more value to the sporting ecosystem along with the established mediums? The episodes concludes with Alter weighing in on the possible appointment of Rahul Dravid as the new head coach.
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Sanket Singbal and Gurkirat Singh Gill join the show to preview the squads of India, England and Australia ahead of the T20 World Cup. The duo breaks down the three teams based on the strengths and weaknesses of the respective squads given the conditions in the UAE.
A conversation that has gotten serious momentum on cricket twitter is whether the current era is the most difficult for test match batting. To better understand the question from the statistical bent of mind one has to acknowledge the two prevalent schools of thought from today's fanbases - The Stat merchant and his older cousin The Nostalgic merchant. Please join us in a fun deep diving discussion. Your panel is @aftabkhanna (https://twitter.com/aftabkhanna), @vijayarumugam (https://twitter.com/vijayarumugam) and @nakulMpande (https://twitter.com/NakulMPande).
How well do we understand the discipline of Cricket captaincy? It's fair to stay the definition of captaincy has gone through a big change in recent years from the fan's vantage point. Is there an overestimation attached to the role of a cricket captain in terms of how it influences the outcome of a match? Can a good captain change the fortunes of a weak team? Do we need to unlearn some of the hero worship that has been attached to this role? To discuss this at length @cric_pod hosted its largest ensemble guest panel consisting of Gurkirat Singh Gill(https://twitter.com/gurkiratsgill), Kevin Framp(https://twitter.com/BigKev67), Sudatta Mukherjee(https://twitter.com/iSudatta), Aftab Khanna(https://twitter.com/aftabkhanna) and Vijay Arumugam(https://twitter.com/vijayarumugam).
In a detailed round table podcast the panel addresses various functions of cricket captainship from tactical nuance, leadership, vision, rebuilding to creating a team culture.
In the second half of the podcast we cover the hot topic of Virat Kohli's leadership style. Is it too aggressive and more importantly does it rub off on teammates? Or does it even matter if we get the results? All these and many more relevant questions get tackled in this long episode!
Geoff Francis Lawson is a former Australian fast bowler who also coached the Pakistan national team. In a candid conversation Lawson opens up about his playing days. He takes a trip down memory lane to remember all the men he played under - Greg Chappell, Kim Hughes and Allan Border. In an era of packed cricket calendars Lawson reminds us of Ashes tours that lasted four and a half months long and the challenges of playing in cold English weather. He also mentions the two tosses days where the preliminary toss was to choose the ball!
The conversation has lot of fun and nuanced observations on why fast bowlers don't get the captaincy job in Australian cricket to the idea getting more foreign coaches down under. Last but not the least he recalls upon his time in Lahore with the Pakistan national team.
Aftab Khanna joins the show to preview the India England test series. The kickoff point is the absence of Ben Stokes and how does that impact the balance of this English side. Aftab addresses the notion whether India are the favorites for this series or not given the missing status of Archer, Stokes and Woakes. Should India be playing two spinners at Trent Bridge and in this series in general given it starts in August not July?
The conversation on the indian front focuses on the lack of form of two of India's most seasoned campaigners - Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Is it the beginning of the end for both men? Aftab also makes a case for Rohit Sharma to have a successful outing as India's mainstay batsman. Lastly we discuss the slight change in approach for Virat Kohli's batting in test matches since the last time he toured England.
In addition to the preview we touch upon some of the highlights from the previous five tours of India starting from 2002.
Aftab Khanna(@aftabkhanna in twitter) returns to the podcast to join host Saqib Ali to discuss New Zealand's win in Southampton. The conversation looks at the tournament structure of this first edition and attempts at exploring how future FTP's may include a more level playing field. Is there room for a best of three WTC final given the already crowded cricket calendar.
The focus shifts on to the winners who have transformed into this world class unit with a potent fast bowling attack which oozes with variety. Khanna takes a deep dive into explaining the significance of Neil Wagner who has become a serious contributor to this Kiwi team's fortunes. Other notable mentions are of Ross Taylor the unsung hero and BJ Watling - the best gloveman in the business.
Last but not the least Khanna talks about the ever divisive conversation surrounding Che Pujara. This conversation on Pujara will continue as we post more episodes on India's tour to England.
We referred to this piece by Sid Monga on BJ watling during our conversation.
Former India cricketer Surinder Khanna is the podcast guest. In this episode Khanna looks back at the roadmap of his cricket timeline from the grounds of the Hindu college to the ultimate honor in Indian cricket - playing for India. Khanna was a cricketer who was ahead of his times in how he approached his batting as a wicket keeper. We drew comparisons with the likes of Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni. He was part of the exciting Delhi cricket batting lineup and played a mentor to the likes of Raman Lamba and Ajay Sharma. It's a typical Khanna conversation - straight from the heart.
He pays homage to his captains Bishan Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev. A must listen episode for all fans.