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Edges & Sledges Cricket Podcast: February Update

Hello again readers and listeners! Since our last Edges & Sledges round-up in January, a few important things have happened:

  • Indian men have beaten Australia 2-1 in a bilateral ODI series for the first time ever.
  • India men have beaten New Zealand 4-1 in a bilateral ODI series after a decade.
  • Indian women have beaten New Zealand 2-1 in a bilateral ODI series.
  • The Edges & Sledges cricket podcast has crossed 14,000 listens this week!

First, thank you all so much for your support and for listening to our podcast. We are continuing to work hard on it and hopefully the show will go from strength to strength in the coming months.

Second, we still need you to spread the word so please do tell your family, friends and colleagues about us.  Send them the link and nag them to listen – the best recommendation we can get is a personal one from you!

We have released 5 episodes since our last round-up. The last two are special episodes on Indian domestic cricket and women’s cricket with some really good people so please make sure you have a listen.

Here is a summary (in chronological order). The links below are from Stitcher, but we are available on on all major platforms – iTunes , Google Play , YouTube, Anchor, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Castbox, Podbean, Radiopublic and Tune in Radio. Search for “Edges & Sledges” and we will show up. Make sure you subscribe to and/or leave us a review if you’re feeling particularly generous! Also, come by and say hello to us on Twitter! Read More

Australia v India: India win test series to make history

71 years. 12 attempts. Team India, led by King Kohli, have finally won a test series in Australia. What a feeling for Indian fans – soak it in people, Australia v India history has been made. What a start to the new year!

Edges & Sledges, our podcast that focuses on Indian cricket has been covering India’s tour of Australia since it began with the T20s. Here’s presenting a recap of all the big stories since the test series got underway (starting with Adelaide and ending after Sydney). Re-live every twist and turn of this landmark test series!

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Ep. 37: Australia v India tests: India win Adelaide thriller!

In this episode, we cover:

  • India defeat Australia in a thrilling first test to lead the series 1-0
  • Pujara’s great innings
  • Pant and Rohit fall a bit flat
  • Ashwin takes 6 wickets, but we still aren’t happy
  • Bumrah, India’s newest pace sensation
  • Rahane shows his worth

Ep. 38: Australia v India tests: Spinners, Stand-in Skippers, Sh*t Blokes, Symonds and Selections.

In this episode, we cover:

  • India Loses to Australia at Perth: What went wrong with selections
  • Sledging and Stand-in Skippers
  • Sh*t Blokes
  • Symonds and Bhajji the rivalry, but Symonds and Chahal, a unique friendship?
  • India travels to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test vs. Australia

Ep. 39: India win Boxing Day Test to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy

In this special 57 minute episode:

  • MCG Test Deep Dive
  • A dream debut for Agarwal
  • Pujara shows the way yet again
  • Ishant/Shami/Bumrah, India’s mighty pace trio
  • The oh-so-accurate Jadeja
  • Rohit Sharma notches up a half century
  • Sledging: Paine vs. Pant: Who won?
  • The Bancroft/Smith Videos
  • Steve O’ Keeffe, racism in the game, poor commentary and the apology that wasn’t
  • A 2018 Special Cricket quiz!

Ep. 40: Australia v India tests: India win series 2-1 to make history in a new geography

In this episode, we cover:

  • India’s historic victory in Australia, winning the test series 2-1
  • The new discoveries: Mayank Agarwal, Rishab Pant and Hanuma Vihari
  • Pujara, India’s rock, yet again
  • Does Ashwin have a future in the overseas test team?
  • Just how good is Jasprit Bumrah?
  • Where did the Aussies go wrong?

The Edges & Sledges Cricket Podcast: Australia v India recap

The second Australia v India test match starts on Friday and we couldn’t be more excited! India lead 1-0 and the wicket at the new Perth ‘Optus’ stadium looks super spicy (check out the grass cover in this picture from @BCCI’s twitter account).

This is the first test match to be played at the new Perth Stadium instead of the old WACA ground, which was one of the quickest pitches in the world in its time. Anyone else remember this spell from Ishant Sharma to Ricky Ponting at the WACA in 2008?

Despite having only a three day break between the first and second test matches, both bowling attacks will be raring to go. Apart from Mitchell Starc’s slow start at Adelaide, the focus will once again be on the batting line-ups. Australia fought hard at Adelaide and seemed to surprise their supporters with how close they ran India. India will be looking to skipper Virat Kohli to score big.

In injury news, with Rohit Sharma and Ashwin missing from the Adelaide winning XI due to injuries, there is a good chance that India will go in with four quick bowlers (Shami, Ishant, Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar) and Hanuma Vihari replaces Rohit Sharma. If India don’t play a spinner, this will be only the third time in the history of Indian test cricket that we have gone into a test without a specialist spinner. The second time was at Jo’burg earlier in 2018 under Kohli. India won that test so let’s hope a similar story is repeated here!

Australia’s biggest worry will be Tim Paine’s bruised finger.

As you know, we’ve been covering Australia v India on the Edges & Sledges cricket podcast. Here’s a recap of all the episodes on India’s tour of Australia. Click the titles below to listen to our coverage and let us know what you think. Also, do drop by to say hello to us on Twitter – @1tip1hand. Read More

Edges & Sledges: Spot Fixing, Elite Honesty and the Dhoni Question

The Edges & Sledges cricket podcast is back with a new episode!

Available on all major platforms – iTunes , Google Play , YouTube, Anchor, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Castbox, Podbean, Radiopublic, Sticher and Tune in Radio.

In episode 32 we discuss (amongst other things):

Listen to it and let us know what you think. Do drop by to say hello to us on Twitter – @1tip1hand.

India’s Grand Test Season Ends (2016-17)

3-0; 4-0; 1-0; 2-1.

A football team would have been proud to win by such margins. Except, these are test matches won by India in four series this test season – New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.

P13 W10 L1 D2

A win percentage of 76%. A loss percentage of 7.6%. Incredible numbers.

Pitches

All the talk before this home season was about turning pitches. About how Indian pitches were killing test cricket. About how India could only win on turning tracks.

Of the 13 test matches played this season, there were two pitches that turned square – Pune and Bengaluru. The others were good test wickets. Dharamsala where the Australia series concluded so dramatically was an atypical Indian wicket with pace, bounce and carry.

Tosses

India won 6 tosses out of 13. It is true that every time India won the toss, it won the test. However, India also won 4 games out of the 7 tosses it lost (with two draws and one loss), often coming from behind to beat scoreboard pressure. No luck involved there.

Character

Along the way we found out a few more things about the Indian team:

  • That Pujara might be a slow scorer, but is the backbone of the test line-up.
  • That Umesh Yadav has finally grown into the bowler he sometimes threatened to be.
  • That Saha makes runs when the going is tough.
  • That Ashwin played the Australia series with sports hernia (and will miss the IPL).
  • That Rahul played the last four test matches needing shoulder surgery (and will miss the IPL).
  • That Vijay played most of the season with a wrist and shoulder injury (and will likely miss the IPL).
  • That Kohli with three double hundreds in the season hurt his shoulder trying to save a single run for the team (and will miss part of the IPL).
  • That Kohli will carry the drinks for the team if it means he stays involved.
  • That the Indian team was obviously exhausted at the end of a long season but still put in one last heroic performance in Dharmsala to make Kohli’s India the current holder of the test trophy against every other nation.
  • That, this season, the Indian team this season put test cricket above all other forms.

IPL madness starts on Wednesday. This time, let no one say that the IPL is killing the test game.

We will remember this season of test cricket for a long, long time.

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