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The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast
69 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
India in England 2022 - Post-tour review
With India having clinched the recent ODI and T20 series against England and drawn the longest Test series in history, we return to take stock of the tour and assess where India stand before they are swiftly back in action against the West Indies. Our main focus is the white-ball games, beginning with Rishabh Pant's splendid hundred in the third ODI. We discuss whether Pant has any competition remaining for his place after a sterling display at Manchester, explore the structural importance of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja to a side preparing for 2023, and run down the main squad building tasks for India leading up to a home World Cup. As for the T20s, we debate the opposing fortunes of Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer in addition to discussing which big hitters will be important to India's chances in Australia. We also chat about the squads for the games in the West Indies and predict how the unit will handle the Virat Kohli question as the World Cup inches closer. Lastly, we discuss a few points of interest from the fifth Test between India and England. This time, our conversation on the episode takes a detour via an explanation of why Bhuvneshwar Kumar is like the Hungarian football team of the 1950s and how South Africa Women are unique among the top sides in the women's game. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
New Zealand in England 2022 - Catching up with Test cricket
With the World Test Champions New Zealand back in action against England, we reconvene to discuss one of the year's biggest series in the longest format. This episode of The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast covers England's victory in the first Test, running down the performances of Jack Leach, Ben Foakes, Ollie Pope, and the openers as the hosts begin a new era under coach Brendon McCullum. As we ponder England's alternatives, we also debate the lacklustre performance of the visitors. Since becoming World Test Champions, New Zealand have lacked a cutting edge - they have failed to win a single series since beginning the defence of their title. We discuss what has gone wrong strategically and in terms of selection - the repeated omission of Neil Wagner being especially baffling - and the coagulation of the Kiwis' bowling attack into something altogether one-dimensional. --------------------------- Podcast: The Adelaide reunion special - with Ali Martin | The Final Word - https://open.spotify.com/episode/5qYUdFrQAIuaeSg4Pj82f3 Podcast: England Daily - Lord's Day 4 | The Final Word - https://open.spotify.com/episode/3vtedN24aDzGyel3LjMlBb See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | May 21, 2022
TSNB Shorts #3 - Debating India's potential T20 squad for the South Africa and West Indies series (Hindi)
As IPL 2022 is in its final stages, we return to discuss which of the tournament's leading performers will ride their momentum to a place in the Indian T20 squad for the upcoming series against South Africa and the West Indies. We debate the existing flaws of the India in the shortest format and which players could provide solutions, squad depth, and even a new identity as the team gears up for two important series in a world cup year. With the conditions in Australia in mind, we ask - which of Arshdeep Singh and Khaleel Ahmed is the better left-arm seam option? Is a Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal reunion on the cards? Can Dinesh Karthik make a return to the side? Is Abhishek Sharma the top-six all-rounder India are looking for? Is the time right for Umran Malik or should Avesh Khan be preferred? Ahead of the squad announcement, we deliberate all these questions and more. ------------------------------ Snehal Pradhan's tweet - https://twitter.com/SnehalPradhan/status/1523254883713187841 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 minutes | May 17, 2022
TSNB Shorts #2 - What's up with Virat Kohli?
On the return of Shorts, we discuss the recent struggles of Virat Kohli and the reactions prompted by his poor form in the 2022 IPL. With rest prescribed by seemingly all voices as a cure, we debate what it means for Kohli to take some time off from the game, the implications it might have for his career, and the future of the Indian Test and white-ball squads. With a T20 World Cup on the horizon and much international cricket to be played before that event, India now have a choice on their hands with respect to the former captain as they gear up to bring home the trophy. In the same vein, we also attempt to explain how the absence of captaincy has put Kohli's career on a clock - vulnerable to the axe without the protective shield of captaincy. The other theme that has dominated the discussion around Kohli recently has been workload management, and we discuss how it might affect his short-term and long-term future in the Indian side. ---------------------------------- Time to pull the plug on Kohli's T20I career by Sriram Veera - https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/ipl/time-to-pull-the-plug-on-kohlis-t20i-career-7888875/ Take a break, Virat Kohli by R Kaushik - https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/take-a-break-virat-kohli-1102328.html See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
123 minutes | Apr 30, 2022
IPL 2022 - Picking the most impressive player from each side at the half-way stage
At the (just past) half-way stage of IPL 2022, we return for our mid-season review of the tournament. This time, we pick the player from each side who has most impressed us for a total of ten outstanding performers (plus numerous honourable mentions) in the season so far. With Gujarat and Lucknow enjoying impressive debut campaigns, and Mumbai and Chennai struggling at the bottom of the table, the standings have been turned on their head - and we discuss the performances of Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal, Dinesh Karthik and Umesh Yadav, Krunal Pandya and Arshdeep Singh in the context of a new world order in the IPL. Furthermore, as the unavoidable backdrop to this tournament, we discuss the possibility of India selection for the T20 World Cup for the IPL's most distinguished domestic performers and debate the possible changes to the Indian T20 side over the next eighteen months. Also in the course of this freewheeling discussion, we talk about the limits of the current player retention system as the IPL expands, the ultimate legacy of Josh Hazlewood, the rising stock of Abhishek Sharma, and T Natarajan's finest first-class bowling performance. --------------------------------- Joy Bhattacharjya's tweet - https://twitter.com/joybhattacharj/status/1518459973029662722 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
136 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
IPL 2022 - Reviewing the auction with Ishan Kacker (Part 2)
Ishan's podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/3a1mCsQShLvyKH2qRFHGvq --------------------------- For the first time on The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast, we welcome a guest on the show to catch up with the latest happenings in Indian cricket. This time, it's the auction for the 2022 IPL season and we are joined by Ishan Kacker of The Anxious Millennial Cowboy Show to discuss the purchases by the various franchises for the upcoming season. With the addition of two new teams to the party, it promises to be a bumper season and accordingly our post-auction review is split into two parts. In Part 2, we discuss the performances of last season's winners Chennai, a Bangalore side after the reign of Virat Kohli, the most successful franchise Mumbai, 2021's sixth-placed team Punjab, and last season's second-bottom finishers Rajasthan. Debating bench strength, team combinations, and possible strategies for these five teams, we attempt to fashion likely playing XIs and tactics from the squads of these franchises. Can Punjab's strong showing in the auction translate into a playoff place? Are Mumbai the team to watch this season, given their box-office purchases at the auction? Have Rajasthan failed to build a balanced squad? And how can Chennai improve on a title-winning campaign? N.B. Deliberating the latter question transformed The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast, briefly, into the Mitchell Santner fan club. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Mar 20, 2022
TSNB Shorts #1 - Experimental India at the Women's World Cup 2022
Welcome to the first ever episode of Shorts, a new format by us at The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast. Shorts is our attempt to try something different - bite-sized (well, certainly compared to our usual marathon shows) commentary about specific topics in cricket that catch our eye. For the debut episode, we discuss India's experimental team selections at the Women's World Cup, analysing their changes to personnel and the batting order as they attempt to qualify for the knockout stages. The results have been mixed so far and we debate whether it would have been worth it to stick with Shafali Verma instead of opening with Yastika Bhatia. We also discuss the merits of India tearing up their existing plans just before the World Cup, the structural importance of the engine room of Pooja Vastrakar, Richa Ghosh, and Sneh Rana, the value of Harmanpreet Kaur's runs in this tournament, India's continued dependence on Smriti Mandhana, and a possibly exciting finish to the group stage with India's games against Bangladesh and South Africa. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
126 minutes | Feb 20, 2022
IPL 2022 - Reviewing the auction with Ishan Kacker (Part 1)
Ishan's podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/3a1mCsQShLvyKH2qRFHGvq --------------------------- For the first time on The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast, we welcome a guest on the show to catch up with the latest happenings in Indian cricket. This time, it's the auction for the 2022 IPL season and we are joined by Ishan Kacker of The Anxious Millennial Cowboy Show to discuss the purchases by the various franchises for the upcoming season. With the addition of two new teams to the party, it promises to be a bumper season and accordingly our post-auction review is split into two parts. In Part 1, we discuss the performances of the two new teams, Lucknow and Gujarat, 2021's underachievers Hyderabad, the most recent table-toppers Delhi, and last season's fourth place team Kolkata. Debating bench strength, team combinations, and possible strategies for these five teams, we attempt to fashion likely playing XIs and tactics from the squads of these franchises. Can Delhi go all the way this time with their new side? How will Hyderabad cope without David Warner? Have Kolkata failed to take their chance to make a fresh start? And are Lucknow and Gujarat strong enough to have memorable debut season? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
142 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
India in South Africa 2021-22 - Post-tour review, discussing squads for WI home games, plus India Women's World Cup squad and U19 World Cup stars
Happy new year to all listeners and welcome to the third season of The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast! As India return home empty-handed from South Africa - defeated by the Proteas in both the Test and the ODI series - we return to take stock of the tour and, with Virat Kohli relinquising the Test captaincy, discuss what lies ahead for Indian cricket with two World Cups in the near future. Rishabh Pant dominates the early part of our conversation, as we discuss whether his magnificent hundred at Cape Town and the potential ouster of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane from the Test side clears the way for Pant to claim the number five position - and perhaps even the captaincy. With India set to play at home in the immediate future, we debate what a refreshed Indian side might look like and where the current injury absences - among them, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, and Shubman Gill - fit into a first-choice XI. Additionally, we discuss the DRS drama that erupted in the last Test and South Africa's wonderful performances that made them deserved winners - and have us excited for their upcoming assignments against New Zealand and England. With the announcement of the white-ball squads for home games against the West Indies, we discuss the lessons for India from the ODI whitewash to South Africa and areas for improvement against the Windies as the countdown to the 2023 World Cup begins. Should Ravi Bishnoi be included in the XI straight away? Does Deepak Chahar warrant a long run in the ODI side? Which players can India expect to count on as quality depth going forward? To wrap up this show, we discuss India Women's World Cup squad - and what the exclusion of Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, and Jemimah Rodrigues means for the flagship event - and the rising stars of India's ongoing U19 World Cup campaign - and if any of them might be heading for a senior international debut soon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
96 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
India Women in Australia 2021 - The belated review show, plus domestic cricket and WBBL
In the final episode of the second season of The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast, we discuss the India Women's tour of Australia in September-October - a thrilling multi-format series that might have important implications for the World Cup. We discuss the rapid integration into the Indian side of Yastika Bhatia and Richa Ghosh, outlining what their impressive displays in Australia mean for the balance of the side - the number 3 spot and the lower-middle order - and for their fellow contenders for those slots, Pooja Vastrakar and Taniya Bhatia. Our conversation also touches on the Indian domestic season so far, highlighting some standout performers from the One Day Trophy and the Challenger Trophy including S Meghana and Simran Bahadur. With the players convened for a training camp ahead of the tour to New Zealand, could the stars of the domestic season make their way to the squad to take on the White Ferns - and perhaps even the World Cup squad? Although India broke their ODI winning streak, Australia came out on top in the multi-format series, and we discuss some of the players who made that possible, particularly acknowledging Tahlia McGrath and Nicola Carey. This tour was just the start of the Australian season, however; we conclude with a chat about some of the players who caught our eye during the seventh edition of the WBBL. -------------------------- S Meghana, Renuka Singh Thakur find place in India’s pre-New Zealand tour boot camp by Kalyani Mangale - https://www.womenscriczone.com/india-boot-camp-to-feature-s-meghana-renuka-singh-thakur ESPNcricinfo's WBBL team of the tournament by Andrew McGlashan - https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/espncricinfo-s-wbbl-team-of-the-tournament-1290341 Highlights - India D v. India A, Senior Women's One Day Challenger Trophy final, 9 December 2021 - https://www.bcci.tv/videos/158633/senior-womens-cricket-challenger-trophy-2021-22-final-ind-d-v-ind-a-match-highlights Highlights - India A v. India C, Senior Women's One Day Challenger Trophy, 9 December 2021 - https://www.bcci.tv/videos/158393/senior-womens-cricket-challenger-trophy-2021-22-ind-a-v-ind-c-match-highlights Highlights - Melbourne Renegades v. Sydney Thunder, WBBL 07, 17 November 2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNgIdKp-HTo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
99 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
India in South Africa 2021-22 - Discussing the Virat Kohli captaincy drama and the squad for the Test series
With a major away assignment in South Africa set to begin in a few days, The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast returns to discuss the latest controversy in Indian cricket - the circumstances surrounding the removal of Virat Kohli as ODI captain. In this episode, we discuss the still-developing drama and the role of two individuals in particular at the heart of this story - the now-former skipper Kohli and board president Sourav Ganguly. Particular points of interest in our conversation are the parts these two major figures in Indian cricket are playing in this affair, the plan for the ODI side heading into the 2023 World Cup, and potential issues created by the appointment of Rohit Sharma as ODI and T20 captain. We conclude the show by discussing how the Indian Test team might take shape for the 'final frontier' of South Africa in light of the recent injuries, and with a few observations on the Test series against New Zealand. ------------------- Podcast: Game Time: Why replacing Kohli with Rohit Sharma was a bold but harsh move | Express Sports Podcast - https://indianexpress.com/audio/express-sports/game-time-why-replacing-kohli-with-rohit-sharma-was-a-bold-but-harsh-move/7667197/ Virat Kohli Saga: BCCI unlikely to take any hasty step with Test series round the corner - https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/virat-kohli-saga-bcci-unlikely-to-take-any-hasty-step-with-test-series-round-the-corner-7676321/ Video: Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma will have my absolute support: Virat Kohli - https://www.bcci.tv/videos/158808/rahul-dravid-and-rohit-sharma-will-have-my-absolute-support-virat-kohli Podcast: 5 Indian Cricketers You've Never Heard of.... But Should! | Following On - https://play.acast.com/s/cricketweekpodcast/followingon-5indiancricketersyouveneverheardof....butshould- Podcast: South African Cricketers You Don't Know...But Should! | Following On - https://play.acast.com/s/cricketweekpodcast/southafricancricketersyoudontknow...butshould- See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
78 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
New Zealand in India 2021 - Previewing the Test series and a chat about India's talent pool
After five years, New Zealand are back in India - and The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast is back to assess their chances ahead of the two-Test series. Can the Black Caps bounce back from recent disappointments and register a win in the first game at Kanpur? We attempt to fashion an ideal playing XI from their squad, debating, in particular, the bowling attack. Can Kyle Jamieson sustain his brilliant early form in the longest format? All signs point to Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville, but surely neither of Tim Southee or Neil Wagner can be excluded? And can the batting core of Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, and Henry Nicholls replicate some of their past performances in spin-friendly conditions? As for India, with the installation of a new head coach in Rahul Dravid, we build on this moment of transition in Indian cricket to talk about the talent pool and whether more opportunities for players in the domestic system are imminent. Shreyas Iyer seems set to make his Test debut, but can Sarfaraz Khan and Rinku Singh similarly shake up the established middle order in the months to come? Could Jayant Yadav make a return to Test cricket? And could the India A touring party, currently in South Africa, supply talent to the Indian Test team sooner rather than later? --------------------------- Kanpur Test: Rahane, Pujara move into leadership roles as old bond with coach Dravid strengthens by Sandip G - https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/rahane-pujara-india-vs-new-zealand-kanpur-test-dravid-old-bond-leadership-roles-7639612/ Fresh-faced but India favourites against Kane’s men by Shantanu Srivastava - https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/freshfaced-but-india-favourites-against-kane-s-men-101637759862989.html How to beat Virat Kohli-led Team India in India? by Aratrick Mondal - https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/how-to-beat-virat-kohli-led-team-india-in-india-101637742447894.html Patel & Somerville to lead Test spin attack in India - https://www.nzc.nz/news-items/patel-and-somerville-to-lead-test-spin-attack-in-india Williamson wary of the straighter delivery amidst spin preparation by Cricbuzz - https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/119964/williamson-wary-of-the-straighter-delivery-amidst-spin-preparation How do New Zealand's spinners stack up for the India challenge? by Himanshu Agrawal - https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/india-vs-new-zealand-2021-how-do-new-zealands-spinners-stack-up-for-the-india-challenge-1290691 Highlights: Tamil Nadu v. Karnataka, 2021-22 SMAT final, 22 November 2021 - https://www.bcci.tv/videos/156737/syed-mushtaq-ali-trophy-2021-22-final-tamil-nadu-vs-karnataka-match-highlights See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
77 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
T20 World Cup 2021 - Mid-tournament review - Analysing India's horror start
With the two groups of the Super 12 stage at the 2021 T20 World Cup taking shape, we return to discuss the action so far as we record the show in person for the very first time. After two defeats in their first two Super 12 games, India are on the brink of elimination. Requiring a miracle to qualify for the knockout stage, we discuss what went wrong for them in the games against Pakistan and New Zealand. Did Ishan Kishan's inclusion against the Black Caps cause more problems than it was trying to solve? Were the bowlers been mismanaged - the omission of Shardul Thakur, the misuse of Mohammed Shami - or have they not been given enough runs to play with by an underperforming batting lineup? Have India simply had a couple of bad days and bad luck with injuries or are the issues with the T20 side more deep-rooted? We attempt to answer these questions and more with the example of the Punjab domestic side and Abhishek Sharma. Meanwhile, England and Pakistan have been the most impressive sides in this tournament, but we wonder if they might be peaking too early. It may be that a nasty surprise awaits them in the semi-finals, and we discuss why South Africa and New Zealand are the sides best equipped to spring it. After defeats in their opening games, both teams responded strongly. For New Zealand, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi perpetrated an effective spin choke against India and with slower bowlers expected to dominate this tournament, the Kiwis can expect this duo to be their main weapons. South Africa took a couple of games to find their most effective team combination and we explain why Dwaine Pretorious and Aiden Markram were key for their transformation into the best version of themselves. With Afghanistan adding some impressive tactical variety to this tournament, the business end of the T20 World Cup promises to be exciting. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
102 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
T20 World Cup 2021 - Virat Kohli steps down, discussing India's World Cup squad, plus final thoughts on England v. India
After an eventful couple of weeks for Indian cricket, The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast returns to discuss all the latest headlines - starting with the news that Virat Kohli has decided to step down as India's T20 captain after the forthcoming T20 World Cup in the U.A.E. and Oman. Additionally, we discuss the involvement of MS Dhoni as mentor and wonder if Kohli's resignation as T20 captain, together with the departure of the coaching staff, might signal a new era for Indian cricket after the World Cup. We also debate who might fill the leadership vacuum: should India be safe and trust Rohit Sharma? Or invest in the future with Rishabh Pant? And could either of these two - and perhaps other contenders - find themselves in charge of the ODI and Test sides sooner than they think? We also take this opportunity to talk about India's squad for the T20 World Cup, analysing the selections in light of Chairman of Selectors Chetan Sharma's explanations for the inclusion of various players, outlining their various roles, and debating the makeup of an ideal first XI. Finally, we wrap up with some closing thoughts on a series that was denied closure - England v. India. With the Manchester Test cancelled at the last minute and the outcome of the series unclear (as of this recording), we discuss the abrupt end to the series and take a moment to acknowledge an encouraging return to international cricket for Haseeb Hameed. ----------------------------------------------------- England's Haseeb Hameed: ‘Those difficult moments toughen you up’ by Emma John - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/aug/31/england-opener-haseeb-hameed-difficult-moments-toughen-you-up Kohli not picked as Rohit's opening partner; Rahul, Kishan make the cut by Cricbuzz - https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/118953/kohli-not-picked-as-rohits-opening-partner-rahul-kishan-make-the-cut Four years after bitter fallout with Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble back on BCCI radar by Devendra Pandey - https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/anil-kumble-bcci-kohli-fallout-india-head-coach-radar-7516377/ Podcast: Season 10, Ep 20: The week of watching You Guys Are History, with Emma John | The Final Word (Adam's photo story from 12:28) - https://finalwordcricket.com/2021/09/08/season-10-ep-20-with-emma-john/ Adam Collins quote tweets Sachin Tendulkar - https://twitter.com/collinsadam/status/1434924108605804545 Cheteshwar Pujara's tweet - https://twitter.com/cheteshwar1/status/1434908794836840449 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
105 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
India in England 2021 - Mid-series review
Two down, three to go. With India 1-0 up in the Test series against England, we return with another episode of The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast to take stock of the action so far and forecast what lies ahead. Where rain forced a draw at Trent Bridge, a heroic rearguard action, an England implosion, and some fine bowling delivered a result at Lord's. We discuss a return to form for player-of-the-match KL Rahul - henceforth known as King Legend Rahul for all time - going over his technical adjustments and wondering if he has at last cracked the code to success in all formats. We chat about the final day drama, the controversy involving Jasprit Bumrah and Jimmy Anderson, and the vital rescue action by the duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. However, it is the defeated hosts who occupy most of our attention in this episode. As England crashed to defeat seemingly from a position of strength, we debate whether they made the right decision at the toss, whether they chose the right team, and whom they can turn to as the saviour. Joe Root was brilliant, and Jonny Bairstow showed noticeable signs of improvement, but should Dan Lawrence have been dropped? Does Sam Curran deserve another game? And should Saqib Mahmood make his Test debut at Leeds? We also take a trip around the counties, mulling over whether England's top-order woes can be addressed by some of the season's leading performers. Is Dawid Malan's 199 against Sussex reason enough for a second chance? Can the return of some familiar faces from the past reinvigorate the team? Or is this the best England can do? Amidst it all, we supply some recommended reading about Issy Wong, share a wholesome story about cricket fandom in her family, wonder whether this is Nick Gubbins' time to shine, and share some more wholesome stories about the development of the batting techniques of Hanif Mohammad and Vinod Kambli. ---------------------------------------------- How did KL Rahul turn his Test batting around? by Sandip G - https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/kl-rahul-coach-samuel-jayaraj-test-batting-turnaround-7461199/ A Regression-Based Interrogation of England's Batting by Neil Dewart - https://www.heavybailstatistics.com/post/a-regression-based-interrogation-of-england-s-batting-options Bumrah and Shami, endless mindgames, and England's great malfunction by Andrew Miller - https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/eng-vs-ind-2nd-test-lords-5th-day-jasprit-bumrah-and-mohammed-shami-and-england-s-great-malfunction-1273654 England beaten and bullied by a team moulded in Virat Kohli’s image by Jonathan Liew - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2021/aug/16/england-beaten-bullied-by-team-moulded-in-virat-kohli-image Podcast: Game Time: Were you surprised at India's win at Lord's? You shouldn't be. | Express Sports Podcast - https://open.spotify.com/episode/3BZu4AvrO40AfOOG1lcE78 Rachael Wong's tweet - https://twitter.com/mrswongsolihull/status/1428700580285927429 Can Issy Wong hit 80 clicks? by Valkerie Baynes - https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/can-issy-wong-hit-80-clicks-1219667 Meet Issy Wong - the tearaway teenager who could break the 80mph barrier in women's cricket by Nick Hoult - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/womens-sport/2020/09/24/meet-issy-wong-tearaway-teenager-could-break-80mph-barrier/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
135 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
India in England 2021 - Previewing the first two Tests
As India gear up for five Tests in England, beginning with the first game at Trent Bridge on 4 August, we meet up for a freewheeling chat about the big series on this episode of The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast. We begin by rounding up the team news for both sides, with India dealing with myriad injuries, Mayank Agarwal being the latest squad member ruled out of action (at time of recording). For England, Ben Stokes' absence is a huge blow and we kick off the show by highlighting the common challenge for the hosts and the tourists - team balance and combinations. With the first part of the show dedicated to the questions facing India, we debate whether a show of faith or a radical change is needed for the beaten finalists of the World Test Championship. Will it be Hanuma Vihari, KL Rahul, or both? Does Ravindra Jadeja retain his place as the all-rounder? Will Mohammed Siraj begin as one of three seamers, or perhaps Shardul Thakur as one of four? Does the batting core remain unchanged or will India look to Rishabh Pant to shake things up? And will Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav find their way into the side, beginning with the third Test, upon finishing quarantine? England, too, face selection dilemmas and questions of team balance that are not so easily resolved. Haseeb Hameed has enjoyed a return to form this summer, but is it too early to restore the opener to the Test side? Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson have the tools to trouble India, but does that mean no place for Sam Curran in the starting XI? We also discuss the fate of Jack Leach - unsure of his place in the side despite a succesful tour of India - and explore why England's commitment to a selection strategy has left the spinner in the lurch. ------------------------------------------------------ Highlights - Welsh Fire Women v. Southern Brave Women, 27 July 2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aLE8gA-bn8 (Sarah Taylor's legside catch from 8:00) England's spin headache by Rob Johnston - https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/118409/englands-spin-headache India have a tailender problem and it's not one they can solve easily by Karthik Krishnaswamy - https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/karthik-krishnaswamy-india-have-a-tailender-problem-and-its-not-one-they-can-solve-easily-1271069 India's search for balance comes a full circle in England by Kaushik Rangarajan - https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/118407/indias-search-for-balance-comes-a-full-circle-in-england India vs England: England will beat India 2-1 in Test series, but if Virat Kohli scores big that could change, says English cricketer Peter Trego by Amit Kumar - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/india-in-england/india-vs-england-england-will-beat-india-2-1-in-test-series-but-if-virat-kohli-scores-big-that-could-change-says-english-cricketer-peter-trego/articleshow/84943577.cms Joe Root on Ben Stokes: 'I just want my friend to be okay' by George Dobell - https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/england-vs-india-2021-joe-root-on-ben-stokes-i-just-want-my-friend-to-be-okay-1271821 Rahul frontrunner for opener's spot in Nottingham after Agarwal injury by Vijay Tagore - https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/118427/rahul-frontrunner-for-openers-spot-in-nottingham-after-agarwal-injury-india-england-1st-test Are the India of 2021 better than the India of 2018? by Nagraj Gollapudi - https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/eng-vs-ind-test-series-preview-are-the-india-of-2021-better-than-the-india-of-2018-1271808 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
136 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
World Test Championship Final 2021 - Reviewing India v. New Zealand, plus more India Women in England
With two action-packed Tests in the rear-view mirror and some exciting white-ball games to look forward to, it's no wonder the latest episode of The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast is another blockbuster. We begin with the final of the World Test Championship 2019-21, running down the performance of runners-up India. With yet another ICC title having slipped through their fingers, we debate the batting woes of the core of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane. We discuss how the failings of the batting core go beyond the sum of their failings as individual players - there are wider technical and coaching issues at the heart of India's struggles in swinging conditions. The showings of the two openers tell an interesting story of where this side has faltered and where the solutions to their problems may reside; the contrasting fortunes of Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma symbolise the crossroads at which India appear to be with the Test series against England fast approaching. We linger on the performance of Ravindra Jadeja, chatting about how the question of retaining or discarding him is key to the structure of the Test side. We conclude the first part of the show with some final reflections on the WTC and the legacy of this India side once it is dismantled. In part two, we turn our attention to the hard-fought and entertaining Test between India Women and England Women and look ahead to the white-ball games between the two sides. At Bristol, India secured a draw having been close to defeat after following on but we wonder if the game represents a missed opportunity for England. Shafali Verma's show-stealing performance had us raving, and her inclusion in the one-day side can wait no longer. For both sides, the ODI series is a big opportunity to develop and finalise various team combinations against a tough opponent - there could well be an encore of the matchups in this series at next year's World Cup. Both India and England have interesting selection questions on their hands. Will it be Sneh Rana or Pooja Vastrakar? Sarah Glenn or Mady Villiers? Will we see Poonam Yadav or Emily Arlott in this series? Finally, we talk about some numbers from ODIs since the last World Cup and tell you why we think England may have missed a chance to exploit a structural and tactical weakness in this Indian side (it involves Danni Wyatt). ------------------------------------------------- What is Virat Kohli’s intent? Skipper’s cryptic remark can confuse the team by Sriram Veera - https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/what-is-virat-kohlis-intent-7374600/ India’s selection dilemmas: Rodrigues v/s Raut, spin-heavy or seam-heavy attack by Ananya Upendran - https://www.womenscriczone.com/india-tour-of-england-2021-odi-selection-dilemmas Video: What's ailing Cheteshwar Pujara? by ESPNCricinfo - https://www.espncricinfo.com/video/what-s-ailing-cheteshwar-pujara-1267637 Video: Did too much front-foot play hurt India? Sanjay Manjrekar demonstrates by ESPNCricinfo - https://www.espncricinfo.com/video/did-too-much-front-foot-play-hurt-india-sanjay-manjrekar-demonstrates-ind-vs-nz-wtc-final-1267238 Video: Bristol draw no less than a win for India Women: Lisa Sthalekar by Cricbuzz - https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-videos/46867/bristol-draw-no-less-than-a-win-for-india-women-lisa-sthalekar See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
114 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
World Test Championship Final 2021 - Previewing India v. New Zealand, plus India in Sri Lanka and India Women in England
After two months, we're finally back! The newest episode of The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast begins with a look ahead to the final of the World Test Championship 2019-21, set to begin at Southampton on 18 June. We discuss selection questions and tactical concerns for India and New Zealand. WIll it be Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja? Does Mohammed Siraj deserve a place in the starting XI? Who should the Kiwis opt for, Colin de Grandhomme or Kyle Jamieson? Or perhaps neither, and Ajaz Patel is the way to go? And can Virat Kohli break his losing streak as captain by finally winning an ICC Trophy, or will Kane Williamson lead New Zealand to redemption from the 2019 World Cup final? In the second segment, we briefly discuss India's squad selection for the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in July. We debate what this tour means for players like Rahul Chahar and Kuldeep Yadav, and whether India would have been better served by selecting some experienced hands from the domestic circuit. In the show's final segment, we (belatedly) preview India Women's return to Test match action after seven years with a one-off fixture against England Women at Bristol. It's Test cricket now for the women, and in addition to being a historic occasion, this game will have important implications for Mithali Raj's side when they face the challenge of a pink-ball Test in Australia. For India, we debate the best spot for Shafali Verma in the batting line-up, the ideal bowling combination, and discuss a possible Test debut for Priya Punia (which, as it turns out, did not materialise). For the hosts, we weigh up their options in the seam-bowling department and the team balance and cap it off with the all-important question - will India make it three consecutive Test wins in England? Along the way, we go through a previous ICC final involving India and New Zealand, bad short-leg fielders, and an early trailblazing innings by Virender Sehwag in England (correction: the innings came at Lord's) ----------------------------------- India brace for litmus test against England on their Test comeback by Women's Criczone India Women vs England Women - Test Preview ft. Lisa Sthalekar by Cricbuzz New Zealand def. India by 4 wickets, ICC KnockOut final, Nairobi, 15 October 2000 Match scorecard featuring Virender Sehwag's 84 (96) v. England, 1st Test, Lord's, 25-29 July 2002 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
123 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
IPL 2021 - Previewing the first fortnight, middle-order batters and leg spinners, return of the Moneyball XI
After our shortest break between episodes, The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast is back with our longest show till date - and you're in for a real treat! With the official conclusion of the Indian domestic cricket season following the Women's Senior One Day Trophy final on 4 April, we look ahead to the 2021 Indian Premier League in our second season premiere. As teams and staff undergo their COVID tests and enter the bio-bubbles, we catch up with the latest news on that front. With the opening fortnight of games for all teams taking place in just two venues, Chennai and Mumbai, we discuss how those surfaces are likely to play and which teams stand to benefit from the pandemic-enforced change of scenery. In part one of this episode, we discuss the fate of a destabilised Delhi Capitals, the woes of a Punjab Kings side with an identity crisis, and - whisper it - the prospect of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings being the early pacesetters in this tournament. After debating how the above-mentioned four teams are coming along, we take a break from the team previews for our first feature. With an eye on the T20 World Cup, Shivaditya - in a spiritual extension of our shows during the recent white-ball games between India and England - runs down some contenders who could stake a late claim for a place in the Indian squad. Focusing on middle-order batters and leg-spinners, he discusses some old hands and new blood who could put themselves on the selectors' radar with a strong IPL. Resuming the team previews, the Royal Challengers Bangalore are the subject of the most intense deliberation from amongst the remaining franchises. How do they plan to rectify the long-standing issues with death bowling? Might we see a transition to a three-pronged spin attack? Is the RCB middle-order the place where Glenn Maxwell will find IPL form again? We debate all this and more. With the Mumbai Indians looking as settled and strong as ever, and both Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad retaining an unchanged core of players, we chat about some of the overseas talent from these sides looking to kick on and cement their place in their starting XIs. This segment features an engrossing discussion about Dinesh Karthik and what the future holds for him. The captain of a Tamil Nadu side recently crowned champions of the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, DK's performances in the shortest format have been stronger than ever in recent years, but is he surplus to requirements in the current Indian T20 side? Finally, we bring the podcast full circle with a Moneyball XI for the 2021 IPL - as in 2020, Sushain's XI constructed out of players purchased in the auction for a price of 1 crore or under. ----------------------------- Chetan Sakariya, the boy who made a 'rich man's sport' his own by Hemant Brar C Hari Nishaanth's 92* (64) v. Jharkhand, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 10 January 2021 Rajat Patidar's 96 (51) v. Goa, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 11 January 2021 Jalaj Saxena's 3-34 v. Mumbai, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 13 January 2021 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
93 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
England in India 2021 - Reviewing the white-ball games, standout domestic performers, final thoughts on India Women v South Africa Women
It's the season finale of The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast! With most cricket for the 2020-21 season played out, we round off England's tour of India by discussing some major talking points from the T20I and ODI series. Beginning with Sam Curran's coming-of-age ODI innings, we move on to the lessons for India from the T20I and ODI rubbers, both claimed by the hosts to go along with their victory in the Test series. Senior players Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma had some impressive showings as India's batting order in the shortest format had a productive shake-up against the tourists. India's preference for the extra batter has meant all of Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer got opportunities in the first XI and we debate how Iyer's unfortunate injury yet again throws the limited-overs middle order into chaos just as it was settling down - or does it? The final piece of the batting puzzle involves perhaps the boldest call of all - and we tell you why KL Rahul's untimely loss of form might clear the path for one-man vanguard Ishan Kishan to revitalise India's batting. Among the bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur wowed us in particular, but spin remains a concern as we take stock of India's slow bowling options - with one particularly surprising name proposed as the solution to this dilemma - and suggest a radical shift in strategy altogether. We go through some of the players who caught our eye in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2020-21 and wonder if we might see them in an India jersey sooner rather than later. To cap the show and the first season, we discuss the fallout from the defeat of India Women in both white-ball legs against South Africa Women. Despite 4-1 (ODI) and 2-1 (T20I) reverses, there are several lessons learned for India as the team for the World Cup is starting to take shape. We discuss the x-factor of Shafali Verma - after her never-been-away performance in the T20Is, her inclusion in the ODI team can surely wait no longer. With several international players in action in the Women's Senior One Day Trophy, we deliberate what answers the tournament has thrown up to the seam bowling combination, the wicketkeeper dilemma, and the middle-order problem - for the latter of those, we wonder whether it's time to give in and show the bat signal to Veda Krishnamurthy after a long absence from the side. We'll be back soon with the IPL preview episode. Until then, stay safe and thank you for listening to the first season of The Second New Ball Cricket Podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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