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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October 7, 2019 24 min

On November 25th 2014, Australian cricketer Phil Hughes was hit in the head by a short ball in a Sheffield Shield game, rushed to hospital and died. This week we review the tragic event and how it made us feel and reflect on our own time on the field. Cricket requires rare physical courage - in no other sport is a ball aimed at the head a legal part of the game. But are there higher forms of courage than the physical? Is courage... Read more

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September 14, 2019 36 min

This episode harks back to the first Indian Tour of Australia in 1948. The legendary Vijay Hazare scores twin centuries against Bradman's invincibles at Adelaide. The boys discuss an unusual record from the Don, a surprising relationship between Hazare and a... Read more

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August 27, 2019 28 min

A special episode in memory of our dear friend Vamsi Krishna Budige - a gentleman, connector, entrepreneur and a great lover of cricket as a player, sponsor and especially as an Indian fan  - and as an original founder of the now-famous Swami Army. The boys remember the iconic Melbourne Test match of 200... Read more

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August 11, 2019 32 min

Australia and Sri Lanka followed up a fiery Aussie summer with a classic clash in the final of the 1996 World Cup at Lahore, Pakistan. After umpiring controversies and boycotts, the bad blood between the teams gave the game a particular tension. The siege mentality of the Sri Lankan team worked in their favour as they pulled off a spectacular victory against Taylor's Australians (a spectactor experience scarred only by Tony ... Read more

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July 1, 2019 28 min

Shourov is replaced by Brian's mate Dean, and the boys recall a famous Test match with a memorable finish. After making more than 500 in the first innings, the English were laid low in the last innings by an astonishing performance from the great Shane Warne. More than the pitch or the conditions, it was Warne's energy and passion for cricket that singlehandedly turned the game, and it leads into a discussion about how l... Read more

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June 24, 2019 42 min

Bangalore, New Years Eve 1983. A star-studded West Indian team is playing a benefit game against an Indian XI for perhaps the least known Indian Test captain. In the audience is a wide-eyed ten-year-old enjoying the best winter of his life. Abhik reminisces about an unusual pitch invasion, Shourov finds a connection to Orwell's 1984 and the boys... Read more

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June 15, 2019 45 min

Shourov brings in another famous game that left its mark - one of the biggest comebacks ever in sport - but admits to being a demoralized Indian cricket fan who had given up on his team. The boys admire the faith of the diehard fans like the Barmy Army who keep turning up even when their team is being thrashed. Does a focus on results cause us to miss the joys of the experience? We finish up by recapping some legendary comebacks... Read more

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June 15, 2019 45 min

Shourov brings in another famous game that left its mark - one of the biggest comebacks ever in sport - but admits to being a demoralized Indian cricket fan who had given up on his team. The boys admire the faith of the diehard fans like the Barmy Army who keep turning up even when their team is being thrashed. Does a focus on results cause us to miss the joys of the experience? We finish up by recapping some legendary comebacks cl... Read more

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June 5, 2019 33 min

Abhik picks another obscure game featuring an elegant entertainer. It is the early nineties and Australia were settling in for a long period of dominance against an English outfit fraught with internecine warfare and studded with colourful characters - smooth Gower, funny Tufnell, grouchy Gooch and his favourite larrikin Wayne Larkins. We reminisce about other odd couples in our own lives and what it is that makes opposites attr... Read more

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May 23, 2019 37 min

Alan Border and Dean Jones put on one of the most dazzling displays of One Day International batting in January 1985 when they took on Sri Lanka and scored a double-century partnership. Abhik, Shourov and Brian reminisce about the game and an extraordinary ending that le... Read more

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May 13, 2019 38 min

Shourov brings an iconic game to this week's podcast - England vs Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup Final. Brian remembers uncharacteristically skipping school to see the game and Abhik dissects that famous spell from Wasim Akram. The victory was Imran Khan's finest hour, at least until he became Prime Minister of Pakistan. The boys... Read more

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May 4, 2019 46 min

In 1983 Australia toured Sri Lanka for a single Test and David Hookes scored his one and only Test century. This was a man who loved cricket and the Australian cricketing public loved him, but why did he never really make the step up to Test cricket? We talk about highlights from David's career before his Read more

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April 16, 2019 29 min

Abhik reminisces about the time that Abdul Qadir took 72 wickets in Melbourne district cricket and Brian tells us about his magazine posters. Shourov remembers the heartbreak of not getting Shastri's autograph and the unconventional stroke-making of Kris... Read more

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March 27, 2019 32 min

Abhik talks about a domestic one-day game from the late eighties that led to a life-long obsession and an unhealthy and unfashionable persistence with the popped collar look. Brian recommends we read Robin Hobbs, and Shourov muses on the nature of obsession and the Aussie habit of making "role models" of our sportspeople.

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