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Twist in the Tail

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A podcast about cricket games and life by Brian, Shourov and Abhik. Each episode, one of us picks an old cricket game and leads a conversation about why it is significant. Somewhere along the line there is a twist, which takes us away from cricket and into more weighty matters of life.

A podcast about cricket games and life by Brian, Shourov and Abhik. Each episode, one of us picks an old cricket game and leads a conversation about why it is significant. Somewhere along the line there is a twist, which takes us away from cricket and into more weighty matters of life.




A podcast about cricket games and life by Brian, Shourov and Abhik. Each episode, one of us picks an old cricket game and leads a conversation about why it is significant. Somewhere along the line there is a twist, which takes us away from cricket and into more weighty matters of life.








Life in the Old Dog

In any other team in any other era, Gordon Greenidge would have been the top dog. He just had the (mis) fortune to play in the same team with a certain Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards. Starting off facing Lillee and Thommo, Greenidge finished on the cusp of 40 against a new generation of champion Aussie quicks. After a long hiatus, the Twist is back to celebrate an iconic late career innings from this most destructive batsman, a true fan favourite. For us three 40+ yos a reminder that...


Christmas Special: Heroes and Villains XI (with Gajanan Skandakumar)

In our special final episode for 2020, we bring back our favourite guest, Gaj, to discuss the best cricketers from this year's episodes. We pick a Heroes and Villains XI from all the cricketers we have discussed in 2020. It has been a tumultuous year with many twists and turns. Through it all we have had a lot of fun and interesting discussions, perhaps none more than this one. What do you think of our selections ? Heroes XI: Sunil Gavaskar Richie Richardson Viv Richards Dean...


Cricket and Music

Shourov brings in a game from the 2006 Champions Trophy with standout performances from a number of the greats of Windies and Aussie cricket - and a rare game that had a successful musician and recording artist on each team! It's a great excuse to do something a little unconventional and intersect our love of cricket with our love of music. The boys spend an enlightening session reviewing the most memorable cricketer-musicians in history, including some (uneven) performances from Brett Lee,...


Special Skills

March 6, 1971. A revered day for Indian cricket fans. The debut of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar. A West Indian team in transition still has a star studded batting line-up and a usual bowling attack. In opposition the fabled Indian spin trio, a colourful cast of journeymen and two young batting stars on the rise. A lot to like about this game, but Abhik has brought it in honour of one special man. Eknath "Ekky" Solkar - enigmatic allrounder, unusual sledger, fast mover on the dance floor and...


Imagination and Innovation (with Arnav Dutta)

Zimbabwe vs india at Faridabad in 2002 - a nondescript ODI that was the scene of something extraordinary - one of the cricket world's first scoop shots! Douglas Marillier came in at number ten and blew away the Indian bowlers with an inventive, astonishing innings, at the same time confounding them by playing a shot they had never seen before. Our special guest Arnav Datta takes us through this game and how it changed his views on cricket to see someone who did something truly different. We...


Love to Hate

Finally a game with no Australian or Indian connection. Or is there ? This game features Sir Ian Botham and Sir Richard Hadlee, two players we loved to hate, and Dickie Bird, an umpire we loved to love. Why do we hate some players and teams more than others. Not just a phenomenon unique to sport, do our enemies define us more than our friends ? And do we need the other side to define our own existence ? Today's game: 4th Test, Nottingham, Aug 25-29 1983, New Zealand tour of England And...


Giving Back

Abhik brings another game that is obscure to many but well known in the right circles. Perhaps the greatest Ranji trophy final of them all. In May 1991, A star studded Bombay team looking to continue their dominance of Indian domestic cricket. Standing in their way, Kapil Dev and an upstart Haryana team looking for their first bit of silverware. After a back and forth battle over 5 days, it comes down to one final last wicket partnership, as the two old stalwarts, Dilip Vengsarkar and Kapil...


Black and White

January 1984, at the height of the apartheid regime, a team of West Indian cricketers is in the middle of a "rebel" tour of South Africa. Fringe players unable to break into one of the strongest test teams of all time take the opportunity to play international cricket and earn a tidy sum of money. They play good cricket, break down barriers and receive almost universal adulation wherever they go. However, when they return home, all hell breaks lose. They are banned for life, ostracised by...


Beyond the Numbers (with Gaj Skandakumar)

**BONUS episode with Special Guest** Everyone loves a list, and most of all our special guest Gajanan Skandakumar ('Gaj'). Not only a handy left-handed batsman, Gaj is also a student of the game, and today he brings in his special "Impressionist" list of his most memorable cricket players (one from each Test-playing nation). From the expected candidates such the great Viv to more obscure choices such as Kris Srikkanth, there is plenty of passion and argument in this episode - everything...


Impetuous Youth

Perth 2008 - after the bitter acrimony of the "Monkey-gate" affair, two fired up teams face off on a unusually placid WACA track. Australia brings one of the fastest bowling attacks ever assembled, but a lanky young fast bowler from Delhi turns heads by shaking up the legendary Ricky Ponting. Shourov brings a classic game full of surprises, including a characteristically execrable spell from Shaun Tait and an uncharacteristic brain-fade from Rahul Dravid. But Ishant Sharma vs Ponting is the...


Hero Worship (with Shomik Sengupta)

Before Kohli and Tendulkar, there was one man who single-handedly carried India's hopes with the bat. In this week's family special, Abhik's brother Shomik comes on to discuss an uncharacteristically swashbuckling innings from the one and only Sunil Gavaskar against the mighty Windies of the eighties. The discussion soon turns to the blind hero worship that characterises Indian cricket. But are all of our heroes worthy of our adulation and what happens when our heroes don't live up to our...


The Saviour

The year 1984 was a tough one by the high standards of the Australian cricket team. As well as a string of losses home and away against the West Indies, they lost their captain and were on the verge of losing their dignity, and perhaps hope for the future. Enter a fiery red-headed fast bowler from Ipswich. But was Craig McDermott really the messiah or a very naughty boy ? As Brian is overwhelmed with gushing admiration and Abhik manages to offend everyone from Sri Lankan cricket fans to...


Missed Opportunities (with Andrew Menczel)

This week the boys are joined by Australian podcast royalty. Andrew (Menners) Menczel from the Cricket Unfiltered Podcast reminisces about a formative time of his life, as he travelled around England following the Australian team during the 1999 Cricket World Cup. After a patchy start, Steve Waugh's team had to win every game to lift the Cup. After a come from behind victory against South Africa in the Super Sixes, the same two teams met for this iconic game in the Semi-final. Both sides...


Dealing with Disappointment

In this episode, Shourov brings another famous game and an iconic image. Edgbaston, August 2005 - England haven't won the Ashes for 16 years and are one Test down once again. Glenn McGrath misses with a freak injury. Ricky Ponting wins the toss and puts England in. A five day rollercoaster ensues, as an outgunned England team, led by the shrewd Michael Vaughan and inspired by Freddie Flintoff's heroics, takes it up to the Aussies. The Aussie tail take it to the wire on the final day, but...


Coming Back

This week the boys look back an another time when cricket was interrupted by pandemic. Almost exactly a century ago, a group of English cricketers toured Australia. Amongst them were legendary players like Jack Hobbs and others who had been through the trauma of the World War. Though the cricket was one-sided, the games brought the joys of Test cricket back into the lives of a weary public. There is a special moment that we can look forward to soon when a batsman will again lift an enormous...


The Long Wait (with Bradley Scott)

This week we are joined by New Zealand cricketer Bradley Scott who brings in a game from his own career, the NZ domestic cricket final between Auckland and Otago in 2008. Brad leads us through the game, reminisces on his time playing with legends such as Brendan McCullum and Daniel Vettori and gives the boys an inside perspective on the players and teams, life after cricket and how data and technology is changing the game. The victory in the final was sweet for Otago after a long premiership...


Love Lost And Found

Abhik brings in what seems to be an obscure game between India and Australia during the famous "Monkeygate" series of 2008. There was plenty of drama both on and off the field, with racially charged sledging, batsmen being hit and seesawing results between these two iconic teams. The boys agree that cricket in the 2000s was losing its mojo, but Abhik recounts his joy at encountering Rohit Sharma for the first time in this game and how it rekindled his love for the game. Whether it's sport,...


Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

Brian brings in a game from 1990 between Australia and Pakistan that featured a famous and very funny sledging exchange between the great Javed Miandad and one of the most entertaining Australian bowlers, the great Merv Hughes. The game was a draw but cricket and the art of sledging was the winner. The boys discuss the merits of the 1980s mullet hairstyle before diving into a more philosophical discussion about the ethics of retribution and 'poetic justice'. Sometimes abuse on the cricket...


The Law is An Ass

Abhik brings in an infamous game from 1987 - at the end of a frustrating tour, a seemingly innocuous incident leads to an unseemly escalation between player and umpire. Mike Gatting vs Shakoor Rana - it made for an iconic photograph but who was in the right? And should you still respect the law if the law is an ass? We cover defamation law, ancient Babylonian ethics and the meta-question of "who umpires the umpires" before recounting some personal episodes of poor officiating, including...


The First Time (with Chris Fluke)

A classic nostalgia episode for Aussie cricket fans as our special guest Chris Fluke brings in an iconic Boxing Day Test Match between Australia and New Zealand. We reminisce about the heroics and standout performances from both sides and review some surprising statistics before Chris recaps the debut of local boy Tony Dodemaide and asks us an interesting question - Do you remember your first time watching cricket? Childhood memories segue into discussions about other firsts in our life and...