Category: Edges & Sledges

Ep. 122 Edges & Sledges: Tests, ODIs or T20s?

This week we record in the midst of the fourth day of the second test match between England and the West Indies.

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We discuss the fallout of Jofra Archer’s bio-secure bubble breach, Dom Sibley’s slow hundred to set up England’s innings and Stokes’ magnificent 176. DJ also gets quite grumpy about Dom Sibley’s backing up technique (find out more in the thread here: Recording during the test match means we make some pretty awesome predictions!

We then talk about which format of cricket is our favourite and the results of a recent Twitter poll in which test cricket got 70% of the vote, putting it well ahead of the other formats (see and is test cricket dying? Varun and Ashwin discuss the commercial aspects of test matches and the marketing of cricket (see link to article DJ mentions where test cricket is being used to save the Big Bash

After the break we discuss the rules and regulations of 3T cricket, the trillion dollar question of how cricket should break into the American market ( and rumours of the return of our beloved Indian Premier League in the UAE later in the year (

Live cricket is back: Edges & Sledges podcast episodes 113 to Episode 121

Live cricket is back on our TV screens after nearly four months! Before we get swept away by live cricket madness, just wanted to say THANK YOU to all our listeners and guests for sticking with us through the cricket-less weeks.

We are of course delighted to remain the best Indian cricket podcast in the Apple rankings through Lockdown but what matters is that we are India’s favourite cricket podcast, and that is down to you – the listeners. Really means a lot to us.

Here is a round up of all our latest episodes since the last update with show notes (click episode number to go through and listen):

Ep 113 – Vitu E

The week’s episode starts with an amusing case of mistaken identity as Ashwin and DJ are speaking to cricket journalist, podcaster and the Independent’s sports feature writer Vitushan Ehantharajah.

After the initial introductions are straightened out, they move on to Vish’s transition to sports writing, the effect of COVID-19 on cricket (financial, mental, fitness) and what cricket is likely to look like when it resumes after the pandemic.

The piece of scientific background research that causes the confusion!

Vish’s article on running

Jarrod Kimber’s Good Areas – Can cricket resume while COVID-19 is still on?

Vish’s article on saliva, sweat being used to shine the ball–an-english-tale

You can follow Vish on Twitter @Vitu_E

Ep 114 – Mukul Chaddha

This week Ashwin, DJ and Varun have a super fun conversation with Mukul Chaddha. Mukul plays the big boss Jagdeep Chaddha (the Steve Carrell/Ricky Gervais character) in the Indian version of The Office.

We talk about Mukul’s backstory, his love affair with cricket, shooting with Yuvraj Singh
and continue the discussion on the cricket personalities that resemble The Office characters.

Link to previous episode where Ashwin and DJ talk about Indian cricketers as characters from the Office

Link to #NSFWFH incident between Ishant and Gambhir

Yuvraj Singh on The Indian Office

You can follow Mukul on Twitter at

Ep 115 – WV Raman

This week we talk to ex-India cricketer and the current head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team, W.V. Raman. Topics include starting life as left arm spinner, opening for India in the 1990s, transitioning from player to coach, coaching the Indian women’s team and his book on leadership ‘The Winning Sixer’.

You can buy the Winning Sixer on Amazon

You can follow WV Raman on Twitter @wvraman and on Instagram @wvraman1

Ep116 – Nick Compton

This week we are in conversation with ex-England test opener Nick Compton.

Nick talks to us about his formative years in South Africa, moving to England as a fifteen year old schoolboy and the influence of his famous grandfather Denis Compton.

After speaking briefly about his county cricket days at Middlesex and Somerset, we focus mainly on the famous 2012 tour of India where Nick made his test debut. England won the 2012 test series 2-1 and Nick tells us some great stories of that series, including about taking guard for the very first time and (separately) being sledged by Virat Kohli.

We talk about Nick’s love for India as a country, what it felt like when he scored his first test hundred and also his love for photography.

You can follow Nick Compton on Twitter at @thecompdog and on Instagram at Nick.Compton

England’s tour of India in 2012

Ep 117 – Adam Hollioake

This week we talk to ex-England ODI captain Adam Hollioake. Adam shared with us his journey of playing professional cricket and what is was like to hone his cricketing skills in Hong Kong out of all places! He spoke about the success he had with Surrey especially as a leader and someone who plays a more aggressive brand of cricket. We also discussed his views on split captaincy and some great stories from the 1997 Sharjah Cup on how he had to set the field as a captain against Sachin Tendulkar. Adam shared his views on how England changed their ODI set up from 2015 to 2019 to become world champions and his thoughts on current Indian cricketers such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.

You can follow Adam Hollioake on twitter @adamhollioake and on instagram @adamhollioake

Ep 118 The Boys are Back in Town

The Edges & Sledes gang goes back to its roots. With no guests on this episode, it’s no holds barred!

We start with an update on what’s been happening with us since Lockdown started. We talk a little about our favourite guests on the podcast, what we have missed/not missed about the show and also call out a couple of other podcasts (TPSE, Lessons Learnt and Cricket Zone). On a more sombre note, we discuss the Darren Sammy racism issue and the untimely passing of Sushant Singh Rajput.

The second half is absolute mayhem when all of us of them pick our IPL GOAT XI with a limit of four overseas players.
-Why is there no Universe Boss in Varun’s team?
-Why does Ashwin pick Rohit Sharma and has Suresh Raina ever batted at 5?
-Why are the Pandya brothers even being spoken of by DJ in the same breath as Russell and Dhoni? And why is there no MS Dhoni in DJ’s team?

Things get heated and the banter is non-stop! Write in with your comments/objections/rants and let us know what you think of the idea of a live IPL draft.

All IPL stats here:

Links to other E&S episodes mentioned in the podcast:
1) Freddie Wilde
2) Jemi
3) Mukul Chaddha

Link to TPSE podcast

Link to Shane Watson’s podcast

Cricket Zone podcast

Ep 119 – Guy Walker

This week we deal with the fall-out from the IPL GOAT XI episode as Varun (46%) gloats about his win over Ashwin (41%) and DJ (13%) in the Twitter poll pitting the podcasters teams against each other. We then move on to the keenly contested Listener IPL GOAT XI contest which was won by Ajinkya Patwardhan, who saw off very tough competition from Sreekar’s team. Congratulations Ajinkya!

Test cricket is going to be back on our screens pretty soon with England playing the West Indies on 8 July so we are all looking forward to this. In the meantime, Pakistani players seem to playing COVID test roulette!

The second half of the show is an interview with cricketer and AFL player Guy Walker, who has played cricket for Australia under-19 and has represented the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL. Stay tuned for the awesome Kohli sledging story!

Podcaster poll:

Listener teams and poll:

Ajinkya’s video explaining his IPL

Guy Walker’s profile:

Ep 120 – Josh Poysden

On this week’s episode DJ and Varun discuss the latest happenings in the world of cricket starting with DJ Bravo’s new song about M.S. Dhoni and the Panyda brothers’ social media fitness battle with Virat Kohli. We also talk about the restart of cricket with the West Indies tour of England kicking-off on 8 July and developments in Sri Lanka about fixing allegations around the 2011 World Cup final.

The second half of the show is all about leg spin and is an interview with England Lions and Yorkshire cricket leg spinner, Josh Poysden. We talk about luck, the English first class system, how captains treat leg spinners, the best leggies going around today, Kuldeep, Chahal and how Josh bowled the ball of the 21st century in the 2018 T20 blast (link:

Josh’s Cricinfo profile by George Dobell:

You can follow Josh on Instagram and Twitter @JoshPoysden14 and @SpinBadger.

Link to DJ Bravo song

Jarrod Kimber article on MS Dhoni’s super gut

Link to Virat Kohli’s superman clap pushup

Link to Hardik Pandya’s back pushup

Daily Hunt article on Sri Lankan cricket

Caribbean Cricket Podcast

Oreo’s catching skills

Poll on favourite cricket format

The Ball of the 21st century:

Ep 121 – Monty Panesar

Live cricket is finally back! In the first half of the show, Ashwin joins DJ as we discuss the big talking points from the West Indies win over England in the first test at Southampton – we cover it all, from the rainy restart to Black Lives Matter to Ben Stokes v Jason Holder to Tino Best v Archer to Jermaine Blackwood’s brilliant 95 in the chase.

In the second half, Varun and DJ get the amazing chance to speak to English left arm spinner Monty Panesar. We talk about Monty’s Gujarati (?) roots, his early career and making it to play test cricket for England and taking Sachin Tendulkar as his first test wicket. We also talk about his batting in the famous Ashes test at Cardiff and beating India in India in 2012. Monty tells us some sledging stories and how he battled with mental health issues. We include a lot of listener questions.

Black Lives Matter – Ebony Rainford-Brent & Michael Holding

Emotional restart to cricket

Tino Best v Jofra Archer

Monty on Cyrus Says

George Dobell’s article on racism in English cricket

Monty takes Sachin and Dravid on debut

Monty batting in Cardiff test

Jermaine Blackwood Blue Tick Campaign

Ep. 112: The Best and Worst of Cricket Sledging (feat. Robelinda2)

This week we speak to cricket Youtube legend Rob Moody for over an hour. Starting with his moniker ‘Robelinda2’, we move on to his YouTube channel and his favourite cricket videos. We cover all sorts of topics including sledging and cricket umpiring!

Link to Edges & Sledges episode with Robelinda2:

Edges & Sledges episode with Alok

Inzamam 23 run outs video

Biggest India v Australia cricket fights

Rob’s tweet asking for sledging videos – make sure to check the replies!

Greenidge v Merv Hughes

Ponting v Harbhajan Coca Cola Cup sledging

First time Sachin plays Mc Grath

Sachin Desert Storm qualifier innings

Sachin innings in Coca Cola Cup final

Sachin sledging Mc Grath

Venkatesh Prasad last ball six

Nehra six at Lords

Slater/Dravid at Mumbai

Sarwan v Mc Grath sledging

Sangakarra v Pollock

Gilchrist v Kaif

Pant v Paine

Episode with Kesrick Williams on sledging Virat Kohli

Kohli hundred against Australia in Adelaide. Sledging on 99.

Faf, Vettori and Mills at 2011 World Cup

Stephen Fleming sledging Graeme Smith

Steve Waugh fuming aftet the toss with Sourav Ganguly

Yuvraj six sixes off Broad after Flintoff sledges him

Aamir Sohail v Venkatesh Prasad 1996 World Cup quarterfinal

Javed Miandad v Kiran More kangaroo jumping

Curtly Ambrose v Steve Waugh

Matthew Elliot hits Alan Donald for six

Curtly Ambrose spell of 7 for 1

Javed Miandad v Dennis Lillee

Monkeygate scandal/Maakigate scandal

Episode 111: In conversation with Jaydev Unadkat

On this very special episode, we speak to India cricketer Jaydev Unadkat. Jaydev has played all three formats for India, making his test debut in 2010. He is also currently playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.

We get some great anecdotes from Jaydev about his test debut and playing under M.S. Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. We also ask him to tell us more about the characters in the Rajasthan Royals dressing room and the toughest overseas batsman he has bowled to. We then move on to his thoughts on the mankading controversy from IPL 2019, sledging stories, captaining Saurashtra to a Ranji Trophy win and his bromance with Cheteshwar Pujara.

Link to episode (no player needed) –


Ben Stokes calling Jaydev Unadkat the Mango Man

Pressures of the IPL auction price tag

2019/2020 Ranji stats

Red ball plans

Cricinfo feature on Jaydev Unadkat

Ep. 110: Indian Cricket Captains – Part 2 – Kumble, M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli (feat. Vijay Lokapally)

This week we released the second part of our Indian captaincy special with the legendary journalist Vijay Lokapally. Available on all major platforms. Here is a link to IVM website which doesn’t require an app –

On this week’s episode we discuss the captaincy stints of Anil Kumble, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

You can listen to the first part of the captaincy special here

Vijay Lokapally is a sports journalist and author who recently retired after 34 years at the Hindu and Sportstar.

Link to captaincy stats for India

You can find Vijay Lokapally on Twitter

81 all out podcast about Vijay’s career

Driven: The Virat Kohli Story

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