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Podcast update: IPL 2019 and Cricket World Cup 2019

It’s been sometime since our last round up of happenings on the Edges & Sledges Cricket Podcast. We’ve been busy and since our last update in March, IPL 2019 has finished, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has started, Edges & Sledges has re-branded, joined India’s largest podcast network (the IVM podcast network) and released a dozen episodes all while taking a break between the IPL and the World Cup. Oh and yes, we’ve also interviewed our first ever international cricket captain. Read on!


IPL 2019 – Opening weekend round-up, the Delhi Capitals and fantasy cricket update

Varun is back on the podcast this week and joins Ashwin and DJ to discuss the “damp squib” IPL 2019 opener CSK v RCB and the first double header of the year – KKR v SRH and MI v DD.

We focus this week on the Delhi Capitals and discuss their fielding. batting and bowling in their win against the Mumbai Indians. We also discuss our suggested changes to the Delhi Capitals XI going forward.

Finally, if you are playing fantasy cricket in our league, we wrap up with a fantasy update.

IPL 2019 first week: The Mankad and the Mumbai Indians (feat Gauravi Shah)

IPL 2019 had an explosive first week with the Ashwin-Buttler Mankad followed closely by two no balls – one that was called by the umpires and one that was not. It also had three centuries (Samson, Warner, Bairstow), a 99 (Prithivi Shaw) and a super over (DC v KKR) Ashwin and DJ cover all the highlights (and lowlights) from matches 4-12. They also speak to Gauravi Shah, a Mumbai Indians fan, about everything from the selection of Yuvraj Singh instead of Ishan Kishan to which Pandya she would choose. She also responds to selected listener tweets.   Finally, we round up the Edges & Sledges fantasy league after the first 12 games. [Link to DJ’s chat with the Cricket Badger Radio show is here if you want to hear his reaction on the day of the Mankad]

IPL 2019 second week, Delhi Chokers, Beats by DreRuss and where does RCB go from here? (feat Alok Prasanna Kumar)

DJ and Varun discuss the big talking points from the second week of IPL 2019 (matches 13 to 21). From the Delhi Capitals’ incredible collapse against Kings XI Punjab to Dhoni’s non-mankad against Mumbai Indians to Andre Russell’s insane assault on RCB – it’s all on this week’s show!

We also speak to Alok Prasanna Kumar, the RCB superfan, about the franchise’s poor start to this year’s IPL and what issues the Bengaluru team must address to become real contenders in future seasons. Also Virat Kohli’s captaincy comes under close scrutiny.

Last but not the least, an IPL fantasy league update and some thoughts from the podcasters on this year’s format and the Dream 11 platform.

IPL 2019 third week, reactions to India’s World Cup squad and Kings XI Punjab feat. Rohan Narula

This week we have a bumper episode where Varun and Ashwin discuss with Kings XI Punjab superfan Rohan Narula all the happenings from the third week of IPL 2019. Was Dhoni right to storm out on the field? Is Ashwin a good captain? Can KXIP make the IPL 2019 playoffs? The answers to all those questions (and more) are on this week’s show! Also fantasy tips are back for those playing.

In the second half of the show, Varun, Ashwin and DJ react to the Indian World Cup squad of 15 that was announced on 15 April, discussing the big calls made by the BCCI and the selectors.

IPL 2019 fourth week, World Cup squads and Rajasthan Royals feat Siddharth Poddar

Varun, Ashwin and DJ are back with an update from the IPL’s fourth week. They discuss the big movers and shakers of the week and follow-up on last week’s Indian World Cup squad announcement. The podcast also focusses on the Pant v Kartik debate and the other surprising omissions/inclusions in World Cup squads. Varun wraps the first half up with his fantasy cricket tips, which include some paternity stalking plans.

The second half of the podcast has Siddharth Poddar aka Pod on as the Rajasthan Royals superfan of the week. We discuss the highs and lows of RR’s campaign this IPL and why they insist on paying a king’s ransom for Jaydev Unadkat.

IPL 2019 fifth week, the Dinda Academy, Russell explodes & Sunrisers Hyderabad feat Akshay Sarma

Ashwin and DJ are back with an update from week five of IPL 2019 (matches 39-47). It’s been a week of keepers with Dhoni nearly getting 26 off the last over to take CSK home against RCB, Parthiv scoring a direct hit to win the game, Rishabh Pant scoring a superb 78* against RR and Dinesh Karthik scoring 97* against RR as well. We also talk about the Dinda Academy controversy, Virat Kohli’s reaction after catching Ravichandran Ashwin and Andre Russell airing KKR’s dirty laundry. We end the first half of the podcast with our delighted reactions to Delhi Capitals qualifying for the playoffs, qualification scenarios and an IPL fantasy cricket update.

The second half of the show is all about the Sunrisers Hyderabad with superfan Akshay Sarma. He gives us his views on, amongst other things, the Warner-Bairstow bromance, Rashid Khan’s issues, Bhuvi’s form, the Sid Kaul dilemma and SRH’s chances of qualifying for the play-offs. Most importantly he clarifies why Yusuf Pathan was picked in the team. We round up the show with a fantasy cricket tip from Akshay, who won the IPL fantasy league we played last year.

IPL 2019 sixth week, playoff preview & Kolkata Knight Riders featuring Prabhav Sharda

Varun and Ashwin are back with an update from week six of IPL 2019 (matches 48-55). It’s been a week of lasts, with RCB, RR and KXIP bowing out of the tournament, as well as lots of international players saying goodbye to the tournament. We also talk about the incredible Super Over between SRH and MI, the rain curtailed game betweeen RCB and RR, the importance of Net Run Rate, and which players will be missed in the playoffs.

The second half of the show is all about the Kolkata Knight Riders with superfan Prabhav Sharda He gives us his views on, amongst other things, the leadership dilemma, over dependence on Andre Russell, Uthappa’s form, Kuldeep Yadav being left out and predictions for KKR in 2020.

NOTE: We recorded this show before the 56th match, before we knew the final 4, but by the time you listen you have probably seen that KKR got knocked out.

IPL 2019 Season Finale: Playoffs, IPL final preview, Bakwaskar Awards 2019 & Chennai SuperKings feat. Ashwin Seshadri

IPL 2019 fever reaches its climax and Varun, Ashwin and DJ are here to re-live the thrills and spills of MI v CSK (Qualifier 1), DC v SRH (Eliminator) and CSK v DC (Qualifier 2). The Edges & Sledges hosts also make their predictions and look ahead to the IPL 2019 Final (MI v CSK for the fifth time).

The second half of the show is all about the Chennai Superkings with superfan Ashwin Seshadri. We talk MS Dhoni and CSK’s incredible record in the IPL. Finally, we wrap-up the season with the now traditional Bakwaskar Awards (including but not limited to the BFF Ugly Player and Dinda Academy Hall of Fame Award).

The podcast will be taking a break next week but will be back with a new episode the week before the Cricket World Cup 2019 (around 27 May)!


Ep. 60: Cricket World Cup 2019 Countdown with Tatenda Taibu

On this episode, Varun, Ashwin and DJ come back after the breathtaking IPL season to talk about the elephant in the room: ICC Cricket World Cup! They get the opportunity to talk to Tatenda Taibu, former captain of Zimbabwe, the youngest Test skipper in history and the first black player to captain Zimbabwe in the sport. The conversation spans across the current world cricket scenario, team standings for the World Cup and a lot more.

The link to Tatenda Taibu’s autobiography

The link to the Official guide to the World Cup

Ep. 61: World Cup 2019 Special: India commences it’s World Cup campaign (South Africa and Australia)

On this episode, Ashwin and DJ are in conversation with two cricket fans from two different corners of the world: Andrew Menczel from Australia and Tim Dale Lace from South Africa. They talk about the Australian and South African teams and also previews the upcoming India and South Africa match.

Ep. 62: Team India gets off to a Flying Start, India v New Zealand & Pakistan Preview.

On this episode, Ashwin Varun and DJ are analysing the previous matches and also previewing the upcoming matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019! The trio is in conversation with The Cricketeers previewing the India vs. New Zealand match in the first half, and in the second half they preview the India vs. Pakistan match along with Aatif Nawaz.

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