Month: January 2020

Ep. 95 Bonus episode: Craig Mc Millan on Spin, Sledging and Superovers

In this mid-week bonus episode, we get the golden chance to interview Craig Mc Millan, ex New Zealand Cricket, batting coach and now commentator.

We speak to “Macca” and deep-dive the incredible third NZ v Ind T20 just concluded on Wednesday, particularly Shami’s last over, the big hitting innings from Kane Williamson as well as Rohit Sharma’s sixes.

We also speak about his love affair with India and playing spin, being sledged by Australians, playing in New Zealand’s first ever T20 and playing in 3 World Cups and the 2007 T20 World Cup.

We also ask him what it was like to be in the dressing room as batting coach during CWC19 final, how the Kiwis plotted to defeat India in their CWC semi-final and which teams he thinks are favourites to win the WT20.

Podcast available on IVM and all major platforms. You can find links to the Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Castbox, YouTube etc here.

Link to Gilchrist comments on Macca

Link to first NZ T20 ever:

India beat Kiwis (and jetlag) in Eden Park T20Is

Ashwin is joined by DJ this week as they relive India’s wins in the first two T20Is against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland. The focus of the first half of the show is on the batting performances of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer in both games and India’s superb bowling show in the second T20I. Are multi-dimensional cricketers like Rahul, Jadeja, Dube and Shardul the future of India’s T20 side? Or will specialists like Manish Pandey and Navdeep Saini win the day?

The second half of the show focuses on the latest Ben Stokes swearing drama in the fourth South Africa v England test and the role of the South African broadcaster. There is some India under-19 discussion and finally we end up matching various Indian cricketers with the US Office characters. Tell us what you think!

This week’s episode is available on IVM and all good podcast apps

Clive US Office tweet

Article about Rishabh Pant’s wildly fluctuating fortunes – Sid Monga

Article about Eric Canton’s kung fu kick to a football hooligan

Want to start your own podcast? Here’s how!

Podcasting is the medium of future and we have had a lot of people writing in to ask about how we started the Edges & Sledges Cricket Podcast and what equipment and software we use. The podcasting space is really open and democratic at the moment and we hope to see many more awesome podcasts hit the market as people around the world get to grips with the audio revolution.

Here is a quick and dirty guide on how to start your own podcast. You need an internet connection and a laptop/smartphone with a mic and speaker. Everything on the list below is a free version of the software.

Recording Software: As we are based in three different cities/continents we use Zencastr or Cleanfeed to record remotely. When are all at home, we prefer Zencastr as it allows you to have separate tracks for each person on the podcast – this comes handy in editing the show later. But Zencastr is tricky when on the move as it doesn’t allow you to join from mobile so Cleanfeed is a reliable alternative while travelling or if you have a guest who doesn’t have a laptop. Both are free softwares (but Zencastr only allows three people to record at a time on the free version). Skype also allows you to record audio but can be glitchy and sometimes files don’t save, which is a little bit embarrassing if you are speaking to a guest!

Editing: First run the file through Auphonic to level the spikes on your file and reduce noise. Auphonic is free upto 10 hours a month (tip: you only need an email account to use this so both Ashwin and DJ registered). We used Audacity to edit the podcast before the fantastic Tejas at our network IVM started editing the show. Believe you can use Garage Band as well. Make sure to remove umms/ahns/mistakes. You can also mute any background noise (those not speaking should be on mute but anyway!). Used to take us an hour to edit about 10 mins so keep this in mind while recording long and rambling podcasts!

Hosting: Before moving to to the IVM podcast network we used Anchor and cannot recommend it enough. Anchor hosting is free and will automatically syndicate your show to all the biggest platforms – plus they have great breakdown of stats (by episode/geography/platform). And if you are based in the US (which Ashwin is) you can make some money off running ads on your show. We are now hosted along with other IVM shows on Libsyn.

Microphones: There are two types of podcast mics – condenser and USB. We all use USB mics. DJ has a Blue Yeti and Varun and Ashwin both use a Blue Snowball Ice. This has been a gamechanger for the sound on our podcast and we would definitely recommend getting a USB mic. The Blue Yeti is a little pricey because of its four different settings but the Snowball Ice does the job equally well. We don’t use a pop filter but you could do so. The key is to angle the mic right (speak at a 45 degree angle to the mic). Also, try and record in an enclosed space to reduce echoes – DJ records in the corridor of his London flat with all the doors closed!

Guests: Get out there on social media contacting established podcasters/writers asking them to come on your show. Slide shamelessly into DMs. Don’t be afraid to ask people to join you on the podcast- what is the worst that can happen?

Social media: You almost have to spend ten times the time promoting the show that you spent recording the show so keep re-posting on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram etc. Respond to every comment you get. If people are taking the time to tweet you, make sure you reply. A podcast is built around its listener community.

Numbers: Remember, every podcast has single digit listenership for the first few weeks (we did too). Don’t even start to think about numbers until you have podcasted regularly for a year. Do it for fun. Look forward to recording you podcast. Send it to friends and family. Ask for feedback (don’t take it personally if it’s not great!). Numbers will follow in time.

Good luck with everything! Please get in touch if you have any more questions.

2019 round-up: Rohit’s year, Kohli’s decade and 15 years of MS Dhoni

2020 is here and a very happy new year to all of you. Here’s a round-up of all episodes of the Edges & Sledges Cricket Podcast since August 2019. Amongst other things, we have an exclusive interview with Kesrick Williams about his notebook celebration and sledging battle with Virat Kohli (check out episode 89) and generally obsess about Rishabh Pant and his future in the team (episodes 71 to 90).

All the best for the new year and decade and if you haven’t yet subscribed to our show, please do. We are on all major platforms including Youtube, Apple, Google, Castbox, Headfone, Stitcher and Google Play.

Click below to listen to any the episodes on the IVM website.

Ep. 90: Rohit’s Year, Kohli’s Decade and 15 Years of MS Dhoni

December 23, 2019

Varun, Ashwin and DJ come together one final time in 2019 to talk about India’s fabulous ODI series win against the West Indies. The first half focusses on various performances in the Vizag ODI and the Cuttack ODI.

In the second half, they talk about the highlights and surprises of the IPL auction, Rohit’s amazing performances this year, their favourite memories of 2019 and the decade and end the year with a quiz about the one and only Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will complete 15 years in international cricket on Monday 23 December 2019.

Detailed IPL auction analysis by listener Arindam Saha –

Wisden quiz questions –

Bonus Episode (EXCLUSIVE): Kesrick Williams on Virat Kohli, the notebook celebration and Kevin Pietersen

December 18, 2019

We’ve got something really special for you today!

Kesrick Williams, the West Indian fast bowler joins Edges & Sledges in an EXCLUSIVE bonus episode. Williams talks for the very first time about his sledging battle with Kohli, responds to criticism by Kevin Pietersen on Twitter and appreciates the support from Sanjay Manjrekar. He then talks about how his notebook celebration started, his favourite IPL teams and the West Indies’ chances at the next T20 World Cup in Australia.

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You can follow Kesrick Williams on Twitter- @RealKesWilliams Read More

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