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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).

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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.

Also check out:

You can follow Kesrick Williams on Twitter- @RealKesWilliams

Ep. 88: Another T20 series win for India and IPL 2020 Auction

December 16, 2019

On this episode, Varun, Ashwin and DJ discuss India soaring at the Wankhede to clinch the final T20 before crashing back to earth in the Chennai ODI. They talk about prospects for KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan and speak very briefly about Rishabh Pant’s performance. They also discuss the upcoming IPL 2020 auction and name their top picks and wildcards.

87: Angry Kohli and India’s T20 rollercoaster

December 09, 2019

This week, Varun, Ashwin and DJ discuss the first T20I against the West Indies and how India were mauled by the WI in the second T20I. They also talk about Kohli’s incredible innings, India’s record batting first, Shivam Dube and Rishab Pant’s performance, notebook celebration, bollywood leagues and more! This episode wraps up with their favourite listener tweets about their first cricket memories and listener feedback on the show.

Also check out:

86: Will M.S. Dhoni play for India again?

December 02, 2019

Will M.S. Dhoni play for India again? Should Paine have allowed Warner to get 400? Is Babar Azam part of the fab four?
On this episode, Ashwin and DJ talk all about wicket-keeper batsmen- from Sanju Samson’s India call up, to questions about Pant’s confidence and ofcourse M.S. Dhoni’s retirement.

They also discuss :

  • Parthiv’s sassy response on Instagram
  • Rayudu’s ongoing retirement saga
  • Update on the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy
  • Ongoing Aus v Pak and NZ v Eng test matches
  • Rishabh Pant stats
  • Dhoni retirement

85: India ace the Pink Ball Test

November 25, 2019

This week on The Edges and Sledges, Ashwin, Varun and DJ discuss the three test matches- India vs Bangladesh day/night test match at Eden Gardens, Australia vs Pakistan at The Gabba, Brisbane, New Zealand vs England at Mount Maunganui. They also talk about the ODI and T20 squads for India’s next assignment against the Windies and share their thoughts on the future of Pink Ball Tests.

84: Indian seamers and Mayank dominate Bangladesh at Indore

November 18, 2019

On this episode, Varun, Ashwin and DJ talk about India’s huge innings victory over Bangladesh in the first test at Indore (India won the test match by an innings and 130 runs). They also talk about the IPL transfer drama that took place this week and analyse the releases and retentions by each of the eight teams.

They also discuss:

83: Thanks Bhavesh and India beat Bangladesh (feat. Suprita Das)

November 11, 2019

It has been an incredible week in the world of sports and in the first half of the episode, Ashwin and DJ wrap up the India v Bangladesh T20I series. They talk about:

The second half of the show is a great interview with Suprita Das, journalist, author and media manager at the IPL franchise, the Delhi Capitals. Varun and DJ talk about Suprita’s journey in sports journalism, how she researched her book on women’s cricket and about the pressures of her current stint at the Delhi Capitals.

Suprita’s book:
Free hit

Shadow Fighter

Reach out to Suprita Das on Twitter @suprita2009

82: India in daze in Delhi haze

November 04, 2019

On this week’s podcast, DJ and Ashwin discuss Bangladesh’s first-ever win against India in T20s, including:

81: India Tries Out Day-Night Tests (feat. Freddie Wilde)

October 30, 2019

Ashwin, DJ and Varun are back after their diwali break with a cracker of a show! They talk about the third test between India and SA, especially Faf Du Plessis’s comment on India. They also talk about cricket venues and facilities, India’s first day-night test match versus Bangladesh in the upcoming series, discussion about team India, Dhoni’s farewell match and the future of cricket with Freddie Wilde, analyst and content manager at CricViz.

Faf du Plessis suggests doing away with the toss in Test cricket

Kumble backs Kohli’s idea for limited Test venues

India v Bangladesh Test at Eden Gardens to be day-night affair

Issues with day-night tests in India

Bangladesh players go on strike

Shakib banned for two years for failing to report corrupt approaches

Dhoni retirement ‘We are moving on’ – India’s chief selector on Dhoni ; Ravi Shastri comments on Dhoni retirement 

India T20 squad against Bangladesh

Article of the week

Interview with Freddie Wilde, author of Cricket 2.0

80: Rohit Sharma becomes India’s Bradman

October 21, 2019

It’s been a magnificent week in the world of cricket!
In this episode, Ashwin, DJ, and Varun are back together and they discuss about one of their mutual love: Cricket!

They start the discussion with the ongoing, India-South Africa test match.
‘Aiden Markram ruled out of the third Test with a self-inflicted wrist injury’ which DJ thinks is because of the trend that Stokes started by breaking his wrist punching the locker.

They also talk about Markram being a potential future South Africa captain and if this incident has put any dent in that decision or not. (All puns intended)

Some insightful thoughts on Shahbaz Nadeem coming in suddenly overnight into the squad in place of Kuldeep who is out because of an injury.

Rohit’s magnificent innings! They passionately talk about how Rohit Sharma is opening test matches and it feels like he’s been waiting for it all his life!
What a great knock by Sharma at a point when India was 39 for 3.

How can Rohit Sharma hit a six at 199 to get to 200 in a test match and how it reminded the trio of a legend!
He is the Indian Bradman with his average of 99.84 at home which is even higher than Don Bradman!

Markram self-inflicted injury, following Mitch Marsh wrist injury

Our “Lungi Dance” tweet

Shahbaz’s surprise debut

Rohit double ton in challenging conditions

Rahane ton

Jadeja 50 again

Dada as BCCI president – good or bad?
– Dada on Dhoni
– Dada on Ind v Pak
– Dada on ICC revenue sharing model
– Dada on India needing to focus on winning world tournaments
Our viral caption tweet

ICC approves new tournament without BCCI approval

Super over rule change and Neesham tweet

The Hundred draft

Gary Kirsten “insert name of team” tweet on The Hundred

Sarfaraz sacked

Fan experience at stadiums (Listener tweets section)

79: India Clinch Record 11th Consecutive Home Test Series Win.

October 14, 2019

It’s been a fun week in the world of cricket!
In this episode, Ashwin and DJ are in conversation while Varun is traveling back to Singapore.

A lot happened this week such as the world’s number one T20 team Pakistan has been thrashed 3-0 by a second-string Sri Lanka team, Mitchel Marsh has broken his arm by hitting a dressing room wall and more.

Moving ahead Ashwin and DJ they start with the India vs South Africa test series where India was leading 1-0 after winning the first test at Vishakhapatnam, some thoughts on the Pune pitch where India lost the last test match that they played there against Australia, Pune creating a pitch worthy of a test match with a bouncy track instead of a spinning wicket and how that leads to some interesting changes for the team.

They also talk through the change to the Indian cricket team: Vihari got dropped and Umesh Yadav a bowler, came in instead of him and of course no surprise in the decision but extremely disappointed for Hanuma Vihari.

With India making some changes how South Africa also dropped a spinner and played a fast bowler by seeing that pace is the way to go!

Some thoughts on Mayank Agarwal and what a player he’s turning out to be for India! He stepped up at the right time and we are hoping that he stands out for the team, Rohit Sharma’s dismissal in the test match and how it’s okay to fail sometimes, Is Rohit being overshadowed by Kohli and a lot more!


Pitch issues at Pune previously

Curator issues

Kohli 254* dropped on 3, no ball at 208

The crowd in Pune disappointing?

Umpiring decision on Muthusamy

Run out of ideas with the tail? Philanderer and Maharaj
Follow-on enforced on SA first time since 2008. Surprised? Tim’s question
Ashwin can only bowl says Jaddu

Stats highlights of the win

Kohli comments on WTC away wins

Hardik wish to Zak

Laxman 1 tip 1 hand

India against the lower order

Dhoni’s 224 against Australia in Chennai in the test where we started our unbeaten home run

78: Pujji Bhaag, Ben Stokes!

October 07, 2019

In this episode, Ashwin, DJ, and Varun are in conversation about the recent India vs. South Africa test and they cover a lot of stuff such as:

  • India winning the test
  • Rishabh Pant being dropped from the team
  • Saha is playing in the team zt the age of 34
  • Rohit Sharma hitting 303 runs in his maiden test match
  • Mayank Agarwal’s 215 of 371 balls
  • Ashwin not getting enough credits for taking wickets at home
  • The frustration coming out in Rohit’s voice to Pujara,
  • Ben Stokes’s tweet
  • Stump mics catching a lot of banter (obviously not PG13)
  • The 2nd inning Shami, and a lot more!

Following are the links:

Srinath’s 6 for 21 that we mention

The tweet by Ben Stokes

The difference between 1st and 2nd innings Shami

Asian heavyweights

India’s lead at the top of the World Test Championship table gets bigger

Nel v Sreesanth

Sreesanth bouncer to Kallis

Sachin Azhar Cape Town

Donald bowls Sachin

Sachin v Steyn

Sreesanth bowls SA out for 84

‘If I don’t take wickets even in one inning, I think my career for India is over’

77: India v SA test: make or break for Rohit and Pant?

September 30, 2019

The trio is back together after a while and It’s never a dearth of a topic when it comes to Indian cricket. Ashwin, Varun, and DJ talk about a Varun’s current favorite player – Rishabh Pant, upcoming India v SA test series, Rishab Pant’s position in the team, Pant v Saha, Vihari’s slot in the team, South African batsman adjusting to the Indian conditions and a lot more!

76: Indian middle order fails the T20 test

September 23, 2019

On this episode DJ is joined by Ashwin after his longest break of 3 weeks!
They have plenty to talk about in the world of cricket. They start with The 5th match of The Ashes, The Ashes urn went home with Australia although it stayed in England, Dj giving out the history of The Ashes urn, South Africa tour of India, the T20 matches between IND and RSA, Indian cricket team middle-order, Kohli putting batsmen into a different situation and a lot more!

75: Why is India so bad at T20 cricket?

September 16, 2019

On this episode DJ in is London and is recording with Varun in the same room! It’s been an excellent week in cricket and there are loads to talk about. Starting with The Ashes, Australia winning, Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan game, all the buzz going on with the upcoming India vs South Africa series and a lot more!

74: Boom Boom Boomrah!

September 05, 2019

On this episode, Ashwin and Varun are discussing the India and West Indies test series, stand out performance by Vihari, Ishant Sharma looking like the senior batsman and taking a lot of the pressure off of the innings, absolute master class by Jasprit Bumrah and conclude the first half with analysing the convincing win by team India.
In the second half they both talk about the Indian test bowling lineup, Ishant Sharma the Batsman, Jasprit Bumrah putting his team first, explain the World Test Championship points table, the Ashes and finally conclude it with IPL rumor where Ajinkya Rahane and Ashwin are gonna make their way to the Delhi Capitals

73: Ben Stokes the Ashes flames and Bumrah blows away Windies

August 28, 2019

We thank everyone for making us the top rated cricket podcast in India!
It’s been a pretty exciting and interesting week in cricket. On this episode, Ashwin and DJ discuss the World Test Championship, Ashes, Jofra Archer’s pace, lethal bouncers, Ben Stokes and one of the greatest 4th innings test match knock ever! They conclude the first half with Joel Wilson’s wrong decision and Jack Leach’s steaming glasses.
In the second half they get into the detailed analysis of India and West Indies test match. They start with the playing XI, Ajinkya Rahane being the nicest guy in Indian Cricket team, Jaspreet Bumrah’s phenomenal bowling performance with his outswingers and a lot more!


72: Is India’s Rishabh Punt no longer working?”

August 19, 2019

On this episode, Ashwin, DJ and Varun are primarily discussing about the India – West Indies series, the Gayle storm, Shreyas Iyer’s beautiful knock, Virat Kohli striking a century, Steve Smith’s injury and Ravi Shashtri being reappointed as Indian cricket team coach. They also get into a detailed conversation about Rishabh Pant and whether he’s fit to bat at number four for India.

Why Steven Smith is the best of the Fab Four 

71: The Kohli-Gayle Bromance and other Stories

August 13, 2019

On this episode, Varun, Ashwin and DJ are discussing about the Australia – England feud in the Ashes, England struggling, Nathan Lyon’s match winning performance, retirements of the legends: Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla and Brendon McCullum. They also cover India – West Indies T20 along with Kohli – Pant partnership, Chris Gayle breaking Lara’s record, Gayle and Kohli’s hilarious on-field dance and a lot more!

Corridor Cricket by Rishabh Pant

Gayle – Kohli dance

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