Twist in the Tail

Twist in the Tail

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.... Show More

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September 7, 2020 34 min

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...

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August 23, 2020 36 min

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,...

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August 12, 2020 45 min

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 pa...

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July 24, 2020 41 min

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 ...

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**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 Srikkant...

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June 17, 2020 34 min

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 uncharacterist...

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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 worth...

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May 5, 2020 37 min

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 ...

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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...

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April 16, 2020 36 min

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 ...

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March 30, 2020 30 min

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 loo...

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March 2, 2020 27 min

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 vict...

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February 23, 2020 27 min

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 g...

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February 13, 2020 23 min

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 retrib...

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February 2, 2020 31 min

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 ...

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January 19, 2020 37 min

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 memori...

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December 19, 2019 16 min

It's holiday time and the cricket season is in full swing. We recap memorable moments in the first year of the podcast, remember our special guests and send out a big thank you to you, our listeners, for joining us in our first year. A happy and healthy Xmas to all and we hope you get to enjoy a lot of wonderful cricket. See you in 2020 for our second season of Twist In The Tail!

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December 3, 2019 44 min

Our special guest Ben Mercuri brings in a one-sided but memorable game with contrasting debuts - Ricky Ponting and Stuart Law. Sri Lanka suffered a big loss, despite bowling Murali into the ground and having an opener called Mahanama. Ponting went on to a famous career whilst Law never played a Test match again, although he had an amazing first-class record. Surely he was hard done by? Law had some bitter years but eventually came ...

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November 24, 2019 39 min

The 2007 ODI World Cup was marred by controversies, poor planning and the mysterious death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer. Shourov remembers travelling around the Caribbean, partying with the locals and the excitement of seeing Brian Lara bat. But the game was played in a soulless new stadium built by the Chinese which was miles from town, instead of the historic old stadium, and had small crowds as a result. There are many times in...

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November 11, 2019 27 min

Abhik picks another obscure game but this time with a notable feature, the highest ever tenth wicket partnership in ODIs, led by the Trinidadian Ravi Rampaul. This leads to a series of segues about camping, dodgy flights on Caribbean Airlines, The Art of War and genetics, before reviewing some memorable rearguard performances from our own cricketing lives. All of which just goes to show that people perform extraordinary feats when ...

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