Category: Test Matches

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

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?

South Africa v India: The Freedom Series Preview

India v Sri Lanka: The Kohli-coaster rolls on

At the end of the first day’s play in Delhi, Kohli remained undefeated on 146. Three test matches against Sri Lanka have seen three contrasting tons from the Indian captain.

The first test at Eden Gardens saw Kohli get a ten-ball duck in the first innings. Walking in with Sri Lanka in the hunt for the win, Kohli’s second innings hundred on a spicy pitch swung the match decisively in India’s favour. One of his best efforts, one which nearly saw India pull off a famous come-from-behind win at the spiritual home of Indian cricket.

Kohli’s double hundred in Nagpur was pure efficiency after the Murali-Pujara show. He cut out risk and ground the Lankans into the dust without mercy. Read More

India v Australia, third test, Ranchi: Cricket’s dreaded C-Word

Our first post on this blog was way back in August 2014 – the same month we wrote about how terrible the Indian test team was at bowling, batting and fielding, and boy are we glad to see the progress Kohli’s side has made! In light of #DressingRoomGate, we decided to search our site to see just how often we had used cricket’s dreaded “C-Word” in two and a half years of blog posts, and here’s what we got:

Cricket Cheating

Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

While we have written about sportsmanship and cricket becoming a contact sport, not once in two and a half years on this blog have we used cricket’s forbidden C-Word. Indian skipper Kohli is often seen on camera screaming obscenities,  yet even he refused to say the word on camera. To quote Captain K –“I don’t want to mention the word … I would never do something like that on the cricket field”.

We’ll just go ahead and finally say it: Cheating.

That’s right, cheating – but what exactly is it? Here are some simple dictionary definitions:

  • To behave in a dishonest way in order to get what you want
  • To deprive of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud
  • To violate rules dishonestly

The Incident

To summarise, on day four of the Bengaluru test, Aussie captain Steve Smith appeared to act in contravention of the DRS rules which state:

“If the umpires believe that the captain or batsman has received direct or indirect input emanating other than from the players on the field, then they may at their discretion decline the request for a Player Review. In particular, signals from the dressing room must not be given.”

That quick glance over to his dressing room has caused much uproar in the week since it occurred.

The Fall Out

Smith called it a ‘brain fade’, Kohli called it everything short of the c-word. Smith seems to believe it was a momentary lapse, which he regrets. Kohli claimed to have seen a pattern of abuse, and refused to buy the ‘brain fade’ explanation.The BCCI was outraged. Cricket Australia seemed unmoved by the incident but was outraged at the BCCI’s outrage. Heck, even Faf du Plessis chimed in for some reason.

The BCCI has since dropped its official complaint.

Our View

With all that said, what do we at 1 Tip 1 Hand make of it all?

To us, it made absolutely no sense that Steve Smith, with 52 tests of experience, seemed to immediately pin the blame on his partner Peter Handscomb, who was playing his 6th test. Heck, Peter Handscomb tweeted soon after to take all the blame, which now seems a bit too well-orchestrated. “Blame the new guy” is a pretty standard corporate world move, but not often used in the sporting world!

Yet, we believe in giving the benefit of the doubt, and great cricket comes above all else. The series has produced two incredible test matches, in completely different ways, and we can’t wait for the third test in Ranchi to start tomorrow. Also, calling someone is a cheat is a pretty big thing, when it comes to the gentleman’s game so we won’t label Steve Smith with the C-Word…just yet. However, Steve Smith will do well to remember that sports fans, especially Indian cricket fans, have very long memories. We won’t forget this easily and the label will stick if there are any further brain fades.

Let’s all move on now and get back to the cricket.

The 3rd test of the India-Australia Series kicks off in Ranchi on March 16th, 2017 at 9:30am IST.

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