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By Subash Jayaraman
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Couch Talk 200 with Jarrod Kimber
Jarrod Kimber, the most featured guest on the show, appears on the 200th episode of the podcast and talks about his transition from a cricket writer to cricket data analyst working with T20 franchises, and even becoming the general manager of the St Lucia Stars franchise (a clusterfuck of a time, in his words). He also talks about how he preps for a T20 draft and working with players he used to write about, and then suddenly becoming their boss all in a space of few weeks! Thanks to all of you that have made 200 episodes of Couch Talk possible. 
March 15, 2020
Couch Talk 199 with Chris Green
In this episode, off spinner Chris Green of New South Wales, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Birmingham Bears etc., talks about his path to a professional cricketing career that is not based in first class cricket, his attitude towards bowling in the powerplay, his mental approach to the game, his idea of a good ball in T20, the challenges of being an itinerant T20 cricket and his dream of representing Australia.
November 20, 2019
Couch Talk 198 - Brad Hogg
Australian spinner Brad Hogg joins the CouchTalk to discuss how he came to be a left arm wrist spinner, how he learned his craft, how he handled being behind Shane Warne and Stuart McGill in the pecking order, dealing with self-doubt, his dismissal of Andy Flower in 2003, the circumstances surrounding Warne being sent home from the 2003 World Cup and his elevation to be the No. 1 spinner in the team, comparison of the 2003 and 2007 world cup winning Aussie teams, role of spin in T20s and his philosophy in life.
November 11, 2019
Couch Talk 197 with WV Raman
Former Indian opener WV Raman talks about the circumstances under which he became an opening batsmen, the challenges of facing bowlers from West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa, his playing career, the spectacular partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Mohd Azharuddin in Cape Town (1996), his experiences as a coach in domestic cricket and as well as the head coach of Indian women's national team. 
November 07, 2019
Couch Talk 196 with Simon Taufel
Former international umpire Simon Taufel joins the podcast for the second time and talks about his new book "Finding the Gaps", the effect of the terrorist attack on the team and official buses in 2009 in Lahore on him and his family, conflict resolution on a cricket field, the impact of social media and TV punditry on the heightened criticisms of umpires and whether there is a need for an umpire to be part of the TV commentary box, amongst other things. 
November 05, 2019
Couch Talk 195 with Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde
In this episode, cricket journalist Tim Wigmore and Cricket analyst Freddie Wilde, co-authors of the book “Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 revolution” discuss the following: [Buy the book from AMAZON] a) What should a T20 scorecard look like? b) Why is the discourse around T20 doesn’t seem to have the appreciation of T20 being a different sport from cricket? c) What more measures of T20 performances are done by teams to illuminate the sport better? d) What is the contest in T20: bat v bat, ball v ball, or ball v bat? e) What sort of specialization of T20 skills in players is to be expected in the future? f) Could pitches be standardized in T20s to better understand the contest? g) CSK v RCB methodologies h) Are “The Hundred” and “T10” as sport more differentiated from cricket than T20 is?
October 31, 2019
Couch Talk 194 with Harry Gurney
In this episode, the quick bowler Harry Gurney of England and Nottinghamshire and a slew of T20 franchises talks about the use of slowers and yorkers in T20s, the art of setting a field and the options he has as a bowler in T20s, the difficulty in bowling the variations and the decision-making processes, and he breaks down the videos of Lasith Malinga's delivery to win the 2019 IPL (), and Jasprit Bumrah's slower to Shaun March in a Test match in 2018.   Malinga Video: Bumrah Video: Gurney Video:
October 25, 2019
Couch Talk 193 with R Ashwin
Indian offspinner R Ashwin talks about his stints in the English county system with Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire, the reasons behind it, rediscovering the joy of playing cricket again, how he has handled Team India's decision to play him only in Tests, managing worload and injuries, spin culture in England, amongst other things. 
October 15, 2019
Couch Talk 192 with Schalk Steyn
The father of Dale Steyn, Schalk Steyn, joins the show to talk about Dale's beginnings in cricket and his rapid rise, his childhood and his retirement from Test cricket, and his everlasting memories from Dale's career, amongst other things. 
September 30, 2019
Couch Talk 191 - Cheteshwar Pujara
Indian Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara discusses being compared to Rahul Dravid early in his career, dealing with the tag of "defensive batsman", his approach to training sessions, his favorite Test innings and most intense Test series he's been part, and the most difficult spell of bowling he'd faced in his career, amongst other things. 
September 28, 2019
Couch Talk 190 - Ian Bishop
Former WI fast bowler and now TV commentator Ian Bishop appears on the reboot of the Couch Talk podcast and discusses fast bowlers and fast bowling in the last 30 years. He talks about Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding's impact on him, the simple advice he received from Wasim Akram, fascinating spells of fast bowling he's seen, and breaks down the essentials of fast bowling. He also talks about the younger generation of fast bowlers including Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer, Shaheen Afridi and Kagiso Rabada.
September 07, 2019
Couch Talk 189 - R Ashwin
Indian spinner R Ashwin discusses the role of spin bowling in T20s, the asymmetrical contest of bat v ball in T20, and states that people ought to consider T20 as a different sport and not even part of cricket.
May 11, 2016
Couch Talk 188 - Sanjay Bangar
Former India cricketer and currently their batting coach Sanjay Bangar talks about the responsibilities of his job, the influence of a great generation of batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid on the current side, batting plans in Tests vis-a-vis limited overs, and how he works with players going through a rough patch etc.
May 02, 2016
Couch Talk 187 - Anjali Doshi
Anjali Doshi, editor of “Tendulkar in Wisden” talks about the idea behind the Wisden Anthology, the process of distilling 24 years of writing on Tendulkar in Wisden, her own experiences of covering Tendulkar and discusses the Sachin phenomenon that transformed from being about a great player to the level of infallible. The book is available from Bloomsbury (LINK) and Amazon (LINK).
April 02, 2016
Couch Talk 186 - Mike Hussey
Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey talks about his new book “Winning Edge: Behind the scenes of elite cricket”, his coaching philosophies, the change in T20 batting approaches, and the various captains he’s played for, amongst other things.
March 29, 2016
Couch Talk 185 - Graeme West
West Indies U-19 side’s coach Graeme West talks about moulding a side of young individuals from the different regions of the Caribbean as a unit, the game plans, the Keemo Paul Mankading incident and the fall-out from it, and looks ahead to the future of the under-19 players, among other things.
March 20, 2016
Couch Talk 184 - Shoaib Naveed, PSL
In this episode, Shoaib Naveed talks about his journey from being a student-blogger to becoming the Project Manager of PSL, his position paper that envisioned the PSL, his entry in to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the various hoops he and his team had to jump through to organize PSL, the various criticisms of PSL’s first edition, and the visions for its future, amongst other things.
March 05, 2016
Couch Talk 183 - Matthew Hayden
Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden talks about his pre-match visualization techniques, his opening partnership with Justin Langer and his ability to play spin, amongst other things.
February 27, 2016
Couch Talk 182 - Shikha Pandey
In this episode, Shikha Pandey, India women’s national team’s allrounder talks about her cricket journey through her college education, serving in the Indian Air Force, being part of a team that defeated England in England – on her debut, no less, the T20I series win in Australia recently, Women’s Big Bash League, and the upcoming World T20, amongst other things.
February 16, 2016
Couch Talk 181 - Ed Fox, Archie Archiwal
In this episode, Edward Fox, who is an Aussie that moved to the U.S. 24 years ago, and Archiwal, who took to cricket in the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan, and now lives with Edward Fox through his work with the U.S. Army as a translator in Afghanistan talk about the cricketing story that has brought these two very different individuals together from different corners of the world to living under one roof in Wichita, Kansas.
January 29, 2016
Couch Talk 180 - Jarrod Kimber
Jarrod Kimber talks about his new book “Test Cricket: An Unauthorised Biography”, the writing process that went in to it, the passing of Phil Hughes which forms the book ends, the good, the bad and the ugly carried out in the name of cricket throughout its history, and some of the most important figures in Test cricket, amongst other things.
January 21, 2016
Couch Talk 179 - Tim Cutler
The CEO of Hong Kong Cricket Association Tim Cutler talks about his journey from Sydney, Australia to his current position, the challenges of leading an emerging cricket nation, the inherent inequities within the ICC, prospects of T20 in the Olympics, and his hopes for Hong Kong Cricket in the future, amongst other things.
January 13, 2016
Couch Talk 178 - Shane Bond
Former New Zealand fast bowler and bowling coach Shane Bond talks about his playing career, the injuries that curtailed it, his advice for younger fast bowlers, his preparations and approach to fast bowling, coaching the New Zealand team bowlers, and some of his fond memories of playing for New Zealand, amongst other things.
December 03, 2015
Couch Talk 177 - Chris Adams
Former England batsman and Sussex captain Chris Adams talks about his short England career, his move from Derbyshire to Sussex, his captaincy philosophies, his successful years at Sussex, the life of a county professional, and the best English and non-English players he played with and against, amongst other things.
November 17, 2015
Couch Talk 176 - Javagal Srinath
Former Indian fast bowler Javagal Srinath talks about the changes to his bowling that were aided by the introduction of technology, the late start to his career, the loss of some fine young Indian fast bowlers, his memories of 2003 World Cup final amongst other things.
November 06, 2015
Couch Talk 175 - Ed Cowan
Australian batsman Ed Cowan talks about being dropped from the Test side after the first Test of Ashes 2013, how he dealt with it, his recent move from Tasmania back to New South Wales, his hopes of making a comeback to the Australian team, and the tweaks to his batting technique he has done in the last two years, etc.
October 14, 2015
Couch Talk 174 - Dr. Nitin Patel
Former India team doctor Nitin Patel discusses the reasons behind him resigning from his job with the Indian cricket team as team doctor after a period of 8 years, the challenges of the job, BCCI’s steps towards grooming more local physiotherapists, the impact of club tournaments on national players etc.
October 09, 2015
Couch Talk 173 - Tom Moody
Former Australian allrounder Tom Moody talks about the two world cup winning Australian sides he was part of in 1987 and 1999, his different approaches to coaching international, shield and T20 franchises with Sri Lanka, Western Australia and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, respectively, and his role as director of cricket at Caribbean Premier League, amongst other things.
September 30, 2015
Couch Talk 172 - David Gower
Former England captain David Gower talks about the handling of ‘individualistic’ players, and how he was managed as a young cricketer, the criticism of his batting that he didn’t try hard enough, the parallels to Kevin Pietersen, and also about his broadcasting career amongst other things.
September 16, 2015
Couch Talk 171 - Barry Richards
Former South Africa and Hampshire great Barry Richards talks about his recently released biography “Sundial in the shade”, his curtailed international career, facing some of the finest fast and spin bowlers, the tragedy of losing his son, batting alongside Viv Richards and Graeme Pollock, amongst other things.
September 02, 2015
Couch Talk 170 - Mike Gatting
Former England captain Mike Gatting talks about his career, highlighting the back-to-back Ashes wins in 1985 and 1986-7, the tour to India in 1984-5, his maturing as a batsman, the 1987 world cup and the rebel tour to South Africa amongst other things.
August 17, 2015
Couch Talk 169 - Jarrod Kimber, Sam Collins
Cricket journalists Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber embarked on a journey in 2011 to make a cricket film about Test cricket. It ended up being a documentary about cricket governance, misadministration, shady deals and the takeover of the game by India, England and Australia. They talk about the film, the four year journey to make it, the various hoops they had to jump through and their hopes for the fim, amongst other things.
August 10, 2015
Couch Talk 168 - Damien Fleming
Former Australian bowler Damien Fleming talks about being a swing bowler and surviving and succeeding in the subcontinental conditions, his side-on bowling action inspired by Dennis Lillee, bowling in the death, the memorable final overs in 1996 World Cup semifinal and 1999 World Cup semifinal, bowling to Sachin Tendulkar in his peak, and his life after cricket amongst other things.
July 24, 2015
Couch Talk 167 - Simon Jones
Former England fast bowler Simon Jones talks about his inspirations in becoming a fast bowler, his injury-curtailed Test career, the captaincy of Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain vis-a-vis Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook, the influence of Duncan Fletcher’s coaching, and his dream dismissal of Michael Clarke in Ashes 2005, amongst other things.
July 13, 2015
Couch Talk 166 - Andy Roberts
Former West Indian great Sir Andy Roberts talks about the root cause for the current malaise in the West Indies team, the coaching methods that do not aid the fast bowlers, the role of senior pros in the team and also about his role as mentor to the Saint Lucia Zouks franchise in the Caribbean Premier League, amongst other things.
June 22, 2015
Couch Talk 165 - Samir Chopra
Author and Philosophy professor Samir Chopra talks about his new book “Eye On Cricket: Reflections on the great game”. He offers a deeply personal take on a game that has captivated him his entire life. He reflects on a childhood centered on cricket, fandom, and the expatriate experiences of cricket amongst other things.
June 18, 2015
Couch Talk 164 - John Buchanan
The Former head coach of Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders talks about his coaching philosophies, dealing with detractors that questioned his lack of playing experience, his ideas on leadership culture, his logic behind multiple captains while at KKR and also his desire to be a coach again, amongst other things.
June 03, 2015
Couch Talk 163 - Michael Holding
Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holdings talks about fast bowlers and great batsmen of his time and modern day, the work loads on fast bowlers, the controversial incidents during WI tour to England in 1976 and to New Zealand in 1981, Mohammed Amir’s comeback to cricket from spot fixing ban, the health of Test cricket etc.
May 21, 2015
Couch Talk 162 - Nicola Browne
Former White Fern Nicola Browne talks about the state of women’s cricket in New Zealand, the proposed Women’s Big Bash league, her fond cricket memories, her struggle with Celiac’s disease and her future plans amongst other things.
May 06, 2015
Couch Talk 161 - Pravin Amre
Former India batsman Pravin Amre talks about his short-lived India career, scoring a hundred on debut at Durban facing hostile South African bowling, his coaching philosophies with Mumbai Ranji team and Delhi Daredevils of IPL, and also his learnings from coach Ramakant Achrekar, amongst other things.
April 22, 2015
Couch Talk 160 - William Porterfield
The captain of Ireland, William Porterfield, discusses his team’s performance in the recently concluded CWC 2015, the ICC’s decision to limit number of teams in the 2019 world cup to 10, impact of Phil Simmons as coach, and the influence of a golden generation of Irish cricketers on their grassroots cricket amongst other things.
April 09, 2015
Couch Talk 159 - Kiran More
Former Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More talks about his career, glovemen he admired, the deterioration in wicket keeping technique in modern day cricket, his memories from 1987 World cup and 1992 world cup – especially the Javed Miandad incident, and also about his time as Chairman of Selectors.
March 26, 2015
Couch Talk 158 - Dion Nash
Former New Zealand fast bowler Dion Nash talks about his career interrupted by injuries, NZ’s performances in the 1996 and 1999 World Cup, bowling to Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, Brendon McCullum’s captaincy and NZ’s prospects in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
March 13, 2015
Couch Talk 157 - Daniel Brettig
In this episode, ESPNcricinfo’s Daniel Brettig talks about his new book “Whitewash to Whitewas” covering the ebb and flow in Australian cricket between the 2006 and 2014. He speaks in detail about some of the main characters in that period including Michael Clarke, James Sutherland and Shane Watson.
March 07, 2015
Couch Talk 156 - Nathan Bracken
Former Australian bowler Nathan Bracken talks about his career cut short by injury, 2007 World Cup, the epic 438 game vs South Africa, the lawsuit he has ongoing against Cricket Australia, and Australia’s chances in the 2015 World Cup.
March 05, 2015
Couch Talk 155 - Phil Defreitas
Former England all rounder Phil Defreitas takes about his memorable debut in the 1986-87 Ashes, playing alongside Ian Botham, England’s losses in the 1987 and 1992 World Cup finals and also about England’s prospects in the 2015 World Cup.
February 19, 2015
Couch Talk 154 - S Badrinath
S Badrinath, formerly of Tamil Nadu and now with Vidarbha, talks about his move out of his home state, his desire to keep going at the First Class level, his Test debut for India, playing in Chennai Super Kings franchise and his disappointment over not being picked in the IPL auction of 2014.
February 12, 2015
Couch Talk 153 - Suhrith Parthasarathy, Aju John
In this episode, two Indian lawyers – Suhrith Parthasarathy and Aju John – discuss the recent Indian Supreme Court Rulings on the BCCI/IPL spot fixing case as well as the conflict of interest of N Srinivasan as BCCI President and owner of Chennai Super Kings. Suhrith practices in the Madras High Court and is on Twitter: @Suhrith and Aju teaches sport & media law at MyLaw.Net and is on Twitter as @islandexpress
February 05, 2015
Couch Talk 152 - Kragg Brathwaite
West Indies Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite talks about his growth as a batsman, influence of club cricket, coming from Barbados, and his aspirations of captaincy amongst other things.
January 29, 2015
Couch Talk 151 - Kepler Wessels
Former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels talks about returning to SA from Australia, the prevailing socio-political conditions, the 1992 World cup, leading a SA team that had no international experience, SA’s first Test after readmission against West Indies, his style of captaincy and its influence on Hansie Cronje, and also the captaincy styles of Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla.
January 22, 2015
Couch Talk 150 - Haroon Lorgat
Former ICC Chief Executive and current Chief Executive of Cricket South Africa Mr. Haroon Lorgat talks about his career in cricket administration, the challenge of transformation in South Africa, his rocky relationship with the BCCI, The Woolf Review he initiated towards the end of his time at ICC, Test Championship Proposal, ICC Revamp etc.
January 15, 2015
Couch Talk 149 - Daren Ganga
Former WI opener Daren Ganga talks about his stop-start career, being captain of Trinidad and West Indies, the highest successful chase of 418 vs Australia he was part of, and also the Test vs India on a tough Sabina Park wicket in Jamaica, amongst other things.
January 09, 2015
Couch Talk 148 - Ashwell Prince
Former South Africa batsman Ashwell Prince talks about choosing to play cricket while growing up in the Apartheid era, the quota system, his debut, the controversial circumstances under which he was made to open the innings on his comeback amongst other things.
January 01, 2015
Couch Talk 147 - Ajit Wadekar
Former Indian captain and coach Ajit Wadekar talks about the landmark tours to England and West Indies in 1971, handling 4 great spinners, taking over as captain from Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, slip catching, coaching India in the 1990’s, etc.
December 25, 2014
Couch Talk 146 - Madhav Apte
Former India opener Madhav Apte talks about his short international career despite averaging close to 50, tour to West Indies in 1952-53, playing alongside legends like Vinoo Mankad and Vijay Hazare, learning the art of opening batting from Vijay Merchant, his estimation of Subhash Gupte, his early impressions of Sachin Tendulkar and Mumbai dominance in Ranji Trophy.
December 18, 2014
Couch Talk - 145 Sadagoppan Ramesh
Former Indian opener S Ramesh talks about his debut in 1999 vs Pakistan where he faced perhaps the most complete bowling attack ever, his method to facing fast bowlers, his lack of footwork, disappointment over being dropped even with runs behind him, and his memories of the epic 2001 India-Australia series.
December 12, 2014
Couch Talk 144 - Dean du Plessis
Zimbabwean cricket commentator and journalist Dean du Plessis, who also happens to be visually impaired talks about his introduction to cricket and his love for commentary, and the mechanics of visualizing the cricket action in his mind’s eye and his hopes of being a regular on-air commentator amongst other things.
December 08, 2014
Couch Talk 143 - Aaqib Javed
Former Pakistani fast bowler and current UAE head coach Aaqib Javed talks about his playing career, playing alongside Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, the art of reverse swing, match fixing in the 1990’s Pakistani team, his opinion on Mohammed Amir’s expected return to international cricket and UAE’s prospects in the world cup.
December 05, 2014
Couch Talk 142 - Habibul Bashar
Former Bangladesh captain and current national selector Habibul Bashar talks about the early inspiration in his career, the travails of leading Bangladesh in the first 7 years of its Test status, Bangladesh’s first Test win, the fall out from World Cup 2007, and the current team led by Mushfiqur Rahim.
November 26, 2014
Couch Talk 141 - Asanka Gurusinha
Former Sri Lankan batsman Asanka Gurusinha talks about his batting role models, his Test career, the landmark 1996 World Cup victory including the semifinal vs India and the final vs. Australia, Aravinda de Silva’s batting, his relationship with Arjuna Ranatunga amongst other things.
November 19, 2014
Couch Talk 140 - Craig McDermott
Former Australian fast bowler and now their assistant coach talks about his playing career, bowlers he admired, Merv Hughes as his partner in crime, the crop of young Aussie quicks, his work with Hilfenhaus during the India series in 2011-12, amongst other things.
November 12, 2014
Couch Talk 139 - Mudassar Nazar
Former Pakistani opener Mudassar Nazar talks about his baptism by the fire of Lillee and Thomson, taking up after his father Nazar Mohammad, his playing career, his admiration for Sunil Gavaskar as a batsman, the greatest Pakistani team, how he handled the big name Pakistani players as their coach and his role with ICC”s Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.
November 04, 2014
Couch Talk 138 - Rohan Pate
In this episode, the owner and founder of “Blades of Glory”, the only cricket museum in India, Rohan Pate, talks about how he became a collector of cricket memorabilia, Sachin Tendulkar’s role in it, the various collections he has, and his ambitions amongst other things.
October 28, 2014
Couch Talk 137 - Chandu Borde
Former Indian batsman Chandu Borde talks about his playing career, his idol Vijay Hazare, facing up to the West Indian quick bowlers, meeting Sir Donald Bradman, his tenure as the chairman of Indian selectors, the story behind the selection of Mohammed Azharuddin in the home series vs. England, his relationship with Sachin Tendulkar, and his role in the Indian series win in 2007 in England amongst other things.
October 22, 2014
Couch Talk 136 - Ian Bradshaw
Former West Indies bowler Ian Bradshaw talks about his short lived Test career, captaincy aspirations, the famous 2004 Champions Trophy final run chase, Barbados club cricket, bowling a 25 over spell in a Test vs India amongst other things.
October 15, 2014
Couch Talk 135 - Simon Wilde
Sunday Time Cricket Correspondent Simon Wilde talks about his book “On Pietersen“, Kevin Pietersen’s troubled England career, KP’s influences and personality and the dramatic end to his international career.
October 03, 2014
Couch Talk 134 - Gavin Larsen
Former NZ bowler Gavin Larsen talks about his bowling style, the phasing out of it from ODI cricket, his career, the 1992 world cup, and his role as operations manager for the 2015 world cup.
September 18, 2014
Couch Talk 133 - Heath Streak
In this episode, former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak talks about his father’s influence on his cricket, the black arm band protest, the best Zimbabwe side he played in, the exodus of players from Zimbabwe, the troubles with the Zimbabwe cricket board and his new job with Bangladesh as bowling coach amongst other things.
September 11, 2014
Couch Talk 132 - Derek Pringle
Former England all rounder Derek Pringle talks about his unfulfilled career, comparisons to Ian Botham, World cup 1992, The final against Pakistan, India series of 1986, his eclectic music taste etc.
August 30, 2014
Couch Talk 131 - Jim Maxwell
ABC Grandstand commentator Jim Maxwell talks about his beginnings, learning the craft from his idol Alan McGilvray, the future of radio commentary, his forays in to TV commentary, his favorite player to commentate on, his colleague Peter Roebuck, amongst other things.
August 22, 2014
Couch Talk 130 - Gordon Greenidge
Former West Indian opener Gordon Greenidge talks about the mental and technical aspects of opening the batting, what is expected of a Test opener, his partnership with Desmond Haynes over the years, the great team he played in and the phenomenal 214 he made at Lord’s 1984 to secure an improbable victory for West Indies in just over 2 sessions chasing 344 runs.
August 06, 2014
Couch Talk 129 - Alex Kountouris
Australian national cricket team’s lead physiotherapist Alex Kountouris talks about the health management of cricketers, the impact of T20s, fast bowler injuries, comparing Asian and non-Asian teams, and the cricket health of several Australians including Ryan Harris and Shane Watson.
July 29, 2014
Couch Talk 128 - Dean Jones
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones talks about his legendary double hundred in the 1986 Madras Tied Test, his growth as a batsman, Allan Border’s role in cricket’s resurgence in Australia, Michael Clarke’s captaincy, facing up to fast bowlers, his excellence in ODIs, Indian Cricket League (ICL) and his on-air off-color comment about Hashim Amla amongst other things.
July 16, 2014
Couch Talk 127 - Curtly Ambrose
Former West Indies great Sir Curly Ambrose talks about the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20, his new role as bowling consultant of West Indies, his playing career, his memorable contests and also bowling alongside Courtney Walsh.
July 09, 2014
Couch Talk 126 - Colin Croft
In this episode, former West Indian fast bower Colin Croft talks about his international career that lasted only 27 Tests, his attitude towards his craft and cricket, the great West Indies teams he played on, the pressure on the modern cricketers amongst other things.
June 24, 2014
Couch Talk 125 - Kartikeya Date, Ahmer Naqvi
In this episode, two very popular cricket bloggers, Kartikeya Date and Ahmer Naqvi talk about the game of T20, what it has become, how it is perceived, it’s impact on cricket as a whole, what it actually is, and what it should be.
June 18, 2014
Couch Talk 124 - Mignon du Preez
South Africa captain Mignon du Preez talks about her team’s improvement in the last few years, the need for professionalism in women’s cricket, and the country’s attitude towards women’s sport.
May 28, 2014
Couch Talk 123 - Atul Wassan
Former India bowler talks about his playing career, lack of fast bowlers in India, the current crop of Indian pacers, watching Sachin Tendulkar get to his maiden century, amongst other things.
May 14, 2014
Couch Talk 122 - Roland Butcher
Former England batsman Roland Butcher, now director of sports at the University of West Indies, talks of his cricket and football careers, and his work in developing sport in the Caribbean, and the responsibility of being the first black cricketer to represent England.
May 06, 2014
Couch Talk 121 - Sanjay Manjrekar
In this episode, Former India batsman and current commentator Sanjay Manjrekar on dealing with expectations and batting failures, and the perils of criticizing Tendulkar.
April 29, 2014
Couch Talk 120 - Greg Chappell
In this episode, former India head coach Greg Chappell talks about his time as head coach with Team India, the role of specific batting and bowling coaches, the functions of a head coach in modern international cricket teams, his relationship with Rahul Dravid as captain, and his push for youth in Indian and Australian teams, amongst other things.
April 01, 2014
Couch Talk 119 - Dav Whatmore
In this episode, recent head coach of Pakistan Dav Whatmore talks about working in the subcontinent and dealing with various national boards, leading the Sri Lankan team to World Cup win in 1996, handling various captains such as Misbah (ul Haq) and (Arjuna) Ranatunga, amongst other things.
March 25, 2014
Couch Talk 118 - Gary Kirsten
In this episode, former head coach of India and South Africa Gary Kirsten, talks about the role of coaches in cricket, handling some of the best stars in the sport, and the pressures and expectations of leading teams of extraordinary talents and egos, and his cricket academy amongst other things.
March 18, 2014
Couch Talk 117 - Snehal Pradhan
In this episode, Indian cricketer Snehal Pradhan talks about her cricketing beginnings, her role models, the saga of her bowling action reported as illegal and her work to get it cleared, various steps for the improvement of Indian women’s cricket amongst other things.
March 11, 2014
Couch Talk 116 - John Holder
In this episode, former international umpire John Holder speaks about his dislike of DRS, player dissent, need for excellence in umpiring rather than perception of neutrality, the time he was approached by a bookie, his accusation of ball tampering by England directly leading to him being dropped from the TCCB Test panel of umpires, the advice he gave to Sachin Tendulkar on debut, amongst other things.
March 04, 2014
Couch Talk 115 - Richard Pybus
In this episode, Richard Pybus, the former head coach of Pakistan and Bangladesh national teams and several domestic sides around the world, and now the director of cricket at West Indies Cricket Board, talks about his new role, the challenges and goals, and the need to strengthen the WI domestic first class game and professionalize the system etc. He also talks about his time as the head coach of Pakistan, especially the 1999 World Cup in England, during which Pakistan lost in the final to Australia.
February 25, 2014
Couch Talk 114 - Dinesh Karthik
In this episode, Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik talks about his up-and-down career in India colors so far, getting picked by the Delhi Daredevils in the recent IPL auction, his outlook on returning to the Indian side, amongst other things.
February 18, 2014
Couch Talk 113 - Trent Johnston
In this episode, former Ireland captain Trent Johnston talks about the drain of Ireland players to the England set up, the shabby treatment meted out by the ICC to the Affiliate and Associate nations, his best on-field memories of beating England and Pakistan in cricket world cups, the future of Ireland cricket, and his retirement plans amongst other things.
February 04, 2014
Couch Talk 112 - Michael Atherton
In this episode, former England captain and currently SKY commentator Michael Atherton talks about cricket captaincy and leadership, his transformation from a professional cricketer to journalist/commentator, and give his thoughts on the leaked draft of the position paper.
January 28, 2014
Couch Talk 111 - Telford Vice
In this episode, Telford Vice of The Times (South Africa) talks about the controversial circumstances under which Cricket South Africa have revoked some of his journalistic privileges, and dealing with Haroon Lorgat in the aftermath of David Becker’s incendiary press release about cricket governance at the ICC that led to all this.
January 26, 2014
Couch Talk 110 - Mike Selvey
In this episode, former England cricketer and The Guardian newspaper’s cricket correspondent Mike Selvey talks about the pseudo-posturing and aggression that was on display during the recent Ashes down under, England’s dismal performance, the Andy Flower-Kevin Pietersen saga, and also about his own cricketing career.
January 21, 2014
Couch Talk 109 - Alvin Kallicharan
In this episode, former West Indian cricketer and captain Alvin Kallicharran talks about his humble beginnings, playing alongside WI legends, rebel tour to South Africa, his controversial run out by Tony Greig, lack of “maroon cap” pride in current WI players, taking Dennis Lille apart in the 1975 World Cup etc.
December 24, 2013
Couch Talk 108 - Ajit Agarkar
In this episode, former India cricketer Ajit Agarkar talks about his accidental origins as a fast bowler, the early comparisons to Kapil Dev, the infamous series of ducks, Adelaide Test of 2003 where his 6-41 led India to an improbable Test win, his controversial withdrawal from Mumbai’s Ranji team in 2011 etc.
December 10, 2013
Couch Talk 107 - Clayton Murzello
In this episode, the sports editor of Mumbai’s MiD DAY newspaper, Clayton Murzello, talks about the transformation in the Indian cricket media over the last two decades, the downside of a TV centric cricket media, BCCI-Media relations, the state of Mumbai cricket, the lack of mentoring of young Mumbai cricketers, and his 20 year long professional relationship with Sachin Tendulkar.
December 04, 2013
Couch Talk 106 - Mike Jakeman
In this episode, Author Mike Jakeman talks about his new book “Saving the Test”, the various challenges to the continued survival of Test cricket, the new avenue of cricket digital rights, the way forward, the need for increased cooperation between the various national boards for improving the health of Test cricket and cricket as a whole.
November 26, 2013
Couch Talk 105 - Hemant Buch
In this episode, Hemant Buch, VP of Production at TEN Sports talks about his career directing and producing cricket broadcasts, the expertise needed to be able to direct cricket telecast, the back and forth he has with on-air commentators and other things.
November 12, 2013
Couch Talk 104 - Cate McGregor
In this episode, Catherine McGregor who is a cricket writer and a speech writer for the Australian Army chief, talks about her book, “An Indian Summer of Cricket’, and her struggles in coming to terms with her gender transition from being Malcolm McGregor, her fascination with Rahul Dravid, changes in the Australian game etc., amongst other things.
October 29, 2013
Couch Talk 103 - Baba Aparajith
In this episode, Tamil Nadu all rounder Baba Aparajith talks about the experience of winning the U-19 world cup last year, making a double hundred in his Duleep trophy debut, interacting with the major international stars during the IPL, playing alongside Rahul Dravid in a club match, amongst other things.
October 22, 2013
Couch Talk 102 - Mike Hussey
In this episode, former Australian batsman Michael Hussey talks about his playing career, the self-doubts that constantly plagued him, his relationships with Mickey Arthur and Cricket Australia, the controversy surrounding Gurunath Meiyappan of Chennai Super Kings as mentioned in his autobiography “Underneath the Southern Cross”, amongst other things.
October 15, 2013
Couch Talk 101 - Misbah Ul Haq
In this episode, Pakistan’s captain Misbah ul-Haq talks about the late start to his cricketing career, what it’s like to be captain of Pakistan and leading a wide variety of personalities, the World T20 final vs India in 2007, impact of no international cricket in Pakistan since 2009, his future, amongst other things.
October 08, 2013
Couch Talk 100 - Jarrod Kimber, Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
In this episode, Jarrod and SidVee talk about the current sorry state of cricket governance, the imbalance in power within the ICC, the cabal of BCCI, ECB and CA dominating and cannibalizing the sport, the ongoing tussle between CSA and the BCCI, and how all this affects the cricket fan’s relationship with the game.
October 02, 2013
Couch Talk 99 - Azhar Mahmood
In this episode, former Pakistan all rounder Azhar Mahmood talks about why his international career was cut so short, about being offered Pakistan captaincy, and the life of globe trotting T20 specialist, amongst other things.
October 01, 2013
Couch Talk 98 - Jamie Harrison
In this episode, Jamie Harrison, the newly appointed CEO of American Cricket Federation talks about why he chose to cast his lot with the ACF and not the ICC approved cricket body USACA, his visions for the development of cricket in the US, the inherent issues in USACA that is stymieing cricket’s growth in USA amongst other things.
September 24, 2013
Couch Talk 97 - Angus Porter
In this episode, the chief executive of England’s Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Angus Porter talks about his organizations goals, the various support systems in place to help the players with a variety of issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, mental health, behavioral problems, corruption etc. He also talks about PCA’s role in helping English players play in the IPL amongst other things.
September 17, 2013
Couch Talk 96 - Tony Cozier
In this episode, the voice of West Indian cricket and a broadcasting legend Tony Cozier, talks about his beginnings, the art of TV and radio commentary, cricket’s role in the West Indian struggle for self-governance, his favorite commentary stint amongst other things.
September 10, 2013
Couch Talk 95 - Steve Waugh
In this episode, former Australian captain Steve Waugh talks about his new book, “The Meaning of Luck” and the role of luck in sports, business and life. He also talks about the recently concluded Ashes, the Argus Review that he contributed to, the role of leadership in cricket amongst other things.
September 03, 2013
Couch Talk 94 - CKM Dhananjai
In this episode, performance analyst of Team India and Mumbai Indians, CKM Dhananjai talks about the responsibilities of his job, the use of analytics in improving the performance of the cricketers, his beginnings in this career etc.
August 27, 2013
Couch Talk 93 - Lawrence Booth
In this episode, Editor of Wisden and The Daily Mail’s cricket correspondent Lawrence Booth talks about the Kevin Pietersen text message scandal story that he broke last summer, the responsibilities of cricket reporters, the ever changing cricket media environment, the effect of social media on cricket journalism, amongst other things.
August 20, 2013
Couch Talk 92 - John Wright
In this episode, the former head coach of India and New Zealand, John Wright talks about his coaching philosophies, what it takes to be a good coach, how it is different to be head coach for T20 franchise in the IPL from a national team, his experiences as the head coach of India, the challenges, his relationship with Sourav Ganguly and Ross Taylor etc.
August 12, 2013
Couch Talk 91 - Sharda Ugra
In this episode, Senior Editor at ESPN Cricinfo, Sharda Ugra, talks about the challenges and obstacles she had to face breaking in to journalism’s last male bastion – sports, sexism in the work place, the reinforcement of stereotypes in IPL broadcasts and various other things from her 24-year career.
August 07, 2013
Couch Talk 90 - Hari Surendhra
In this episode, Freelance cameraman from Bangalore, Hari Surendhra, who has covered cricket for 15 years talks about his profession, how he got in to it, the grind of setting up the cameras before a cricket match, the effect on family life from all the traveling, memorable cricket matches he has covered amongst other things.
August 06, 2013
Couch Talk 89 - Gideon Haigh
In this episode, Australian writer Gideon Haigh talks about the Decision Review System (DRS) that has been a major talking point in the ongoing Ashes series, the ethics of walking, Australia’s confused approach to this Test series (replacing the coach, surprise debut, omissions etc.) and discusses the ways Big Bash League might be affecting the Australian batsmanship.
July 30, 2013
Couch Talk 88 - Oliver Broom
In this episode, Englishman Oliver Broom talks about his odyssey of cycling to Brisbane, Australia from London to watch the 2010-11 Ashes. He talks about the planning, the struggle – physical and mental, the kindness of strangers, playing cricket in places cricket is unknown and all other experiences.
July 16, 2013
Couch Talk 87 - Shane Jurgensen
In this episode, the head coach of Bangladesh National Cricket Team Shane Jurgensen, talks about his career path that brought him to Bangladesh, his team’s challenges, the Mohammed Ashraful spot fixing issue, Mushfiqur Rahim’s sudden resignation from captaincy, and what the future holds for Bangladesh Cricket.
July 09, 2013
Couch Talk 86 - Harsha Bhogle
In this episode, cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle talks about the preparation that commentators do before matches, the quality of on air TV commentary, and also about the lack of discussion about spot fixing scandal on air as the issue surfaced.
July 02, 2013
Couch Talk 85 - Ebba Qureshi
In this episode, Ebba Qureshi, wife of Pakistani Cricket Azhar Mahmood, talks about the important role the wives play in the lives of the modern day professional cricketer, how she met him, about putting her career on hold to support her husband’s, the various issues that the families have to handle as the cricketer criss-crosses the world in the name of cricket and an incident that happened at the Wankhede Stadium during IPL6.
June 25, 2013
Couch Talk 84 - Rohan Chandran
In this episode, Rohan Chandran who was one of the first people to be involved with the coverage of cricket on the internet 20 years ago. He talks about the various things that he, and his various friends, had to do back then to access cricket and how it gave birth to Cricinfo and opines on what Cricinfo is today.
June 18, 2013
Couch Talk 83 - Saad Shafqat
In this episode, Pakistani writer Saad Shafqat describes the scenario by which he came to co-write Javed Miandad’s autobiography “Cutting Edge”, the rise of Miandad from middle-class Karachi to be Pakistan’s best batsman, his inveterate competitiveness and his relationship with Imran Khan etc.
June 04, 2013
Couch Talk 82 - Kadambari Murali
In this episode, Kadambari Murali (Former Editor-in-chief of Sports Illustrated India) talks about the recent spot fixing controversy in the IPL, the 2011 SI India cover story investigation in to fixing and bookies in India, the vulnerability of players, the bookie structure and what the BCCI must do to curb the problem of corruption in Indian cricket.
May 28, 2013
Couch Talk 81 - Sunil Subramaniam
In this episode, former Tamil Nadu cricketer and current coach of R Ashwin, Sunil Subramaniam, talks about his playing career and the reasons why he never got a chance to play for India, spin bowling mechanics, what he saw in Ashwin as a youngster, the effects of T20 on bowling skills, amongst other things.
May 21, 2013
Couch Talk 80 - Heath Mills
In this episode, the Chief Executive of New Zealand Cricket Player Association (NZCPA), Heath Mills, gives his thoughts on the controversy surrounding the election of Laxman Sivaramakrishnan as player representative on the ICC Cricket Committee, and the need for better governance of cricket from the ICC. He also discusses the hoopla around the removal of Ross Taylor as NZ captain, professional contracts awarded to NZ Women cricketers and also the Jesse Ryder situation.
May 14, 2013
Couch Talk 79 - Kartikeya Date
In this episode, Kartikeya Date of “A Cricketing View” blog explains why he doesn’t think T20 is not actually cricket but is a different sport altogether. He answers some of the common queries that gets posed to him as a critic of the T20 game. He talks about the corrosive influence of IPL and the T20 game which has turned cricket in to a moneymaking product rather than a sport, and the lack of clear merits in evaluating the goings on during a T20 match. He also suggests some of the ways T20/IPL could be redeemed through certain innovations that bring the balance between the bat and ball in the game, and could then provide an even contest.
May 08, 2013
Couch Talk 78 - Peter Lalor
In this episode, Australian cricket journalist Peter Lalor talks about the reasons for decline in the standards of Australia’s shield cricket including Aussie Rules Football attraction for the young Aussie athletes as the preferred sport, the impact of Big Bash League (BBL) and the Indian Premier League (IPL), Australia’s recent tour of India, the squad selection for Ashes, Brad Haddin’s role as vice captain etc.
April 30, 2013
Couch Talk 77 - Hassan Cheema
In this episode, Hassan Cheema who covered the recently concluded Pakistan’s tour to South Africa for, talks about his maiden experience as a journalist on tour, his good and bad experiences of covering cricket and traveling in a country as diverse and troubled as South Africa, the supposed Misbah Ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez rift during the tour amongst other things.
April 23, 2013
Couch Talk 76 - Stuart McGill
In this episode, former Aussie legspinner Stuart MacGill talks about bowling with Shane Warne, compares his style of legspin with Warne’s, reasons for Australia’s problems with finding Test quality spinners and the influence of coaching methods, and his recent endeavor in providing an alternative to cricket commentary with the Google Hangout show “Cricket Club“.
April 17, 2013
Couch Talk 75 - Nishant Jeet Arora
In this episode, Yuvraj Singh’s manager Nishant Jeet Arora talks about his responsibilities as the manager of a high profile Indian cricketer, how he came to be a player manager from being a journalist, the evolution of player agent in the Indian cricket scene, how negotiations are done, the changing landscape of commercial endorsements in the time of IPL, and also about Yuvraj’s book “The Test of my life” which he co-authored.
April 09, 2013
Couch Talk 74 - R Ashwin
In this episode, Indian Cricketer R. Ashwin talks about his Indian career so far, his approach to the game, his potential as a batsman, domestic cricket, M. S. Dhoni, among other things.
April 02, 2013
Couch Talk 73 - Peter Chismon
In this episode, Peter Chismon from the U.K. talks about his travels around the world following cricket. Peter has watched First Class cricket in 56 Test venues since he started this pilgrimage in 1994. He talks about how he got hooked on to this, various experiences, the dos and don’ts of global travel, and how long he intends to continue with his passion.
March 27, 2013
Couch Talk 72 - Russel Arnold
In this episode, former Sri Lankan cricketer and current TV commentator Russel Arnold talks about his playing career, and his current profession, the contract issue stand off between the Sri Lankan players and their board recently, the political interferences in the running of SLC, the future of Sri Lankan cricket, amongst other things.
March 19, 2013
Couch Talk 71 - Nishant Joshi
In this episode, the founder and editor of Alternative Cricket Almanack, Nishant Joshi, talks about the site, its growth in popularity, the charitable causes that AltCricket embraces including “Cricket Without Boundaries” and managing medical education with the running of a popular cricket website.
March 12, 2013
Couch Talk 70 - Ed Cowan
In this episode, Australian Test opener Ed Cowan talks about his international career so far, the recent Test series vs South Africa and Sri Lanka, the upcoming Test series against India, the Shane Watson situation and the “Warniefesto”.
February 13, 2013
Couch Talk 69 - Vivek Narayan
In this episode, Vivek Narayan, USA U15 cricketer, talks about his cricket beginnings, the bleak future for an American cricketer, meeting VVS Laxman, his goals, role models, and his recent trip to India on a U-15 squad,  amongst other things.
February 12, 2013
Couch Talk 68 - Mike Brearley
In this episode, former England captain, Mike Brearley talks about captaincy in modern day cricket, role of coaches, captaincy methods, the Kevin Pietersen situation, handling of talented but sometimes disruptive players, and the impact of social media.
February 05, 2013
Couch Talk 67 - Ross Brooks
In this episode, the General Manager of Gibraltar Cricket, Ross Brooks, talks about the state of the sport in the Associate nation of Gibraltar, how he came to be their GM, the facilities there and the difficulties they face in developing the sport, and the future outlook of Gibraltar Cricket. He also discusses the attitude of the major Test playing nations towards the Associate & Affiliate members of the ICC and how that negatively impacts the growth of cricket as a global sport.
February 02, 2013
Couch Talk 66 - Hemang Badani
In this episode, former Tamil Nadu and India cricketer Hemang Badani talks about his playing career, his move from Tamil Nadu to Vidarbha and his playing days with the Indian Cricket League (ICL). He explains the reasons behind Tamil Nadu not producing cricketers that represented India for a long time, and not having won the Ranji Trophy more than twice. He talks about his role in the legendary partnership between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in 2001 vs. Australia, in Kolkata.
January 29, 2013
Couch Talk 65 - Jarrod Kimber
In this episode, the very popular Jarrod Kimber of Cricket with Balls, Two Chucks and Cricinfo, talks about the overall performance of the Australian team in 2012, the big retirements and the promising debuts, omission of Mike Hussey from the ODI squad, the enigma that is Shane Watson, Big Bash League, and looks ahead to what seems to be quite a busy year in 2013 for Australia. He also provides an update on his upcoming documentary “Death of a Gentleman“.
January 09, 2013
Couch Talk 64 - Samir Chopra
In this episode, well known cricket blogger, Samir Chopra talks about his new book “Brave New Pitch” which deals with this crucial juncture we find ourselves in, where there are competing interests, financially and politically, between different formats of cricket and the different national boards. He talks about his background as a cricket blogger and how that aided him in writing this book, the club-vs-country debate in sport, possibility of franchise-based Test cricket and what should and could be in the future for cricket and its fans, amongst other things.
December 21, 2012
Couch Talk 63 - Rahul Dravid
In this episode, former India batsman and captain Rahul Dravid talks about his methods to prepare for a Test series, the adjustments he made to his technique based on the opposition and the conditions he faced, captaincy, his decision to retire from the game, and his new role as a commentator.
December 01, 2012
Couch Talk 62 - Simon Taufel
In this episode, Umpire Simon Taufel talks about his decision to call time on his international umpiring career, his new role at the ICC as the Umpire Performance & Training Manager, the kind of preparation and homework he did to be one of the best and the most respected umpires in the business. He also discusses the issues of Spirit of Cricket, women in the role of cricket umpires amongst other things.
November 15, 2012
Couch Talk 61 - Andy Zaltzman
In this episode, comedian and cricket columnist Andy Zaltzman talks about the intersection of his cricket obsession and comedic profession, in addition to U.S. and U.K Politics, Test Match Special-Sofa kerfuffle, the England team’s prospects in India and of course, the KP situation.
November 09, 2012
Couch Talk 60 - Gideon Haigh
In this episode, author and cricket historian Gideon Haigh talks about his new book, “On Warne” which was published on October 24, 2012. He also discusses the motivation behind the book, club cricket culture, cricket journalism, his favorite sports books etc. He also gives advice to the budding writers and explains how he has continued to maintain an independent voice.
November 06, 2012
Couch Talk 59 - Dileep Premachandran
In this episode, the editor of Wisden India, Dileep Premachandran talks about  the lack of long form features in cricket writing, the reasons behind it, the issue of journalists’ access to cricketers and administrators amongst other things.
November 03, 2012
Couch Talk 58 - Wright Thompson
In this episode, Wright Thompson, writer for and, who has been writing long form features on cricket in the last 18 months starting with the 2011 Cricket World Cup, talks about the evolution of the cricket fan and cricket writer in him, his writing technique and methods, sports writing, cricket administration, cricket media in general and his favorite cricketer/team amongst other things.
October 19, 2012
Couch Talk 57 - Mike Young
In this episode, the former Australia fielding coach and current fielding coach of the King’s XI Punjab, talks about his transition from his Baseball roots to Cricket, the new philosophies he brought in to improving fielding skills, his experiences of coaching International players, and also about the Youth Clinic he is holding in Maryland shortly.
August 25, 2012
Couch Talk 56 - Ian Bishop
In this episode, former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop talks about the motivation behind becoming a fast bowler, what it takes to be a fast bowler, current state of West Indies fast bowling and the injuries that curtailed his career. He also talks about the toughest and hardest batsmen he had bowled to, breaking Robin Smith’s jaw, and the memories from the 1997 West Indies – India Test match at Barbados.
August 21, 2012
Couch Talk 55 - Firdose Moonda
In this episode, ESPN Cricinfo’s South Africa correspondent, Firdose Moonda, talks about her experiences of her first trip to England to cover the England vs South Africa, the smugness she encountered from some of the English media at the beginning of the series, the injury to Mark Boucher, the South African performance so far in the series, the Kevin Pietersen situation, amongst other things.
August 12, 2012
Couch Talk 54 - Sambit Bal
In this episode, editor-in-chief of ESPN cricinfo, Sambit Bal, talks about the role of his organization in cricket’s vast landscape, their editorial processes, cricket media in the internet age, evolution of sport journalism among other things.
August 04, 2012
Couch Talk 53 - Paul Harris
In this episode, South African cricketer Paul Harris talks about how he got to become a spinner, whether he feels hard done by the team preferring Imran Tahir over him even after 4 years of service to the team, his thoughts on people calling him a “buffet bowler” etc. He also talks about his debut test (vs India in 2007) and bowling to Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, sledging, and Herschelle Gibbs’ comments about cliques in the South African team. He tells us the keys to the South African win in the test series vs England, the loss of Mark Boucher, and gives his prediction.
July 18, 2012
Couch Talk 52 - Anjum Chopra
In this episode, former captain of India who represented the nation in six world cups, and Arjuna Award winner Anjum Chopra, talks about the various issues facing the women’s game, especially in India, struggles she has faced as a budding cricketer, what the road ahead is, the upcoming T20 World Cup, and also her ventures outside of the cricket field.
July 17, 2012
Couch Talk 51 - Peter Della Penna
In this episode, USA Cricket Correspondent for ESPN Cricinfo and, Peter Della Penna, talks about the T20s recently held in Florida between the West Indies and New Zealand, and compares them to the ones held between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the same venue in 2010 in terms of fan experiences, media coverage etc, and elaborates on the long- and short-term impact on the overall development of Cricket in the USA.
July 13, 2012
Couch Talk 50 - Vikram Kumar
In this episode, former Tamil Nadu Ranji wicket-keeper Vikram Kumar talks about his career path in cricket, from age level cricket to Ranji, the pressures on young cricketers, his reasons to give up playing first class cricket, how the cricketers are cared for in the Indian domestic set up and whether his decision would be any different if he were to make it in the current climate of T20 leagues. Vikram is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Economics in the United States.
July 08, 2012
Couch Talk 49 - Wasim Akram
In this episode, arguably the greatest fast bowler cricket has ever seen and most definitely the greatest left hand fast bowler of the game, Wasim Akram, talks about his dismissal of Rahul Dravid in the 1999 Chennai test, what it takes to be a very good fast bowler, bowling with Waqar Younis, how he managed his health issues during his career, his views of Pakistani cricket amongst other things.
June 24, 2012
Couch Talk 48 - Venkatesh Prasad
n this episode, former India cricketer and bowling coach, and the current assistant coach for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Venkatesh Prasad, talks about his coaching stint with India, the role of coaches in cricket, the state of fast bowling in India, and also foreign coaches vis-a-vis Indian coaches. Prasad discusses at length the need for the Indian bowlers to bowl a lot more to develop bowling fitness rather than just gym fitness, and the need for players to spend time playing first class cricket before being selected for India A or the Indian team.
June 20, 2012
Couch Talk 47 - Ed Cowan
In this episode, Ed Cowan, the Australian test opener, talks about his test debut on Boxing day 2011 at the MCG, the step up from domestic cricket to international arena, the media scrutiny, Australian first class cricket system, getting to play with and against cricketing legends, his book “In the firing line: Diary of a season“, future of test cricket, T20 leagues etc.
June 13, 2012
Couch Talk 46 - Dileep Premchandran
In this episode, Dileep Premachandran, the editor of Wisden India talks about the launch of Wisden India, their goals and ambitions in capturing the interest of the Indian cricket fan, his plans for Wisden India to be different from Wisden Almanack, their recent website launch and answers listeners questions.
June 06, 2012
Couch Talk 45 - Andrew Miller
In this episode, the editor of The Cricketer Magazine and former U.K. editor of ESPNCricinfo, Andrew Miller, talks about his career move and what he hopes to achieve at The Cricketer, the challenges to his vision, cricket journalism in the era of social networking, and the purchase of Test Match Sofa by The Cricketer, amongst other things. Follow Andrew Miller on Twitter at: @miller_cricket.
May 09, 2012
Couch Talk 44 - Dirk Nannes
In this episode, Victoria/Australia/Netherlands fast bowler Dirk Nannes, currently with the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the IPL, talks about his late start to cricket, the choice he had to make picking Australia over the Netherlands, the IPL grind, training in the IPL, mercenary aspect of some of the T20 players (including himself) and his team mate Chris Gayle, club vs country debate and his post-retirement plans.
May 05, 2012
Couch Talk 43 - Gaurav Kalra
In this episode, the sports editor of the television network CNN IBN, Gaurav Kalra talks about the quality of cricket reporting in Indian media, BCCI, India’s selectors, Decision Review System (DRS), role of bloggers and sports journalism in India, in general.
April 30, 2012
Couch Talk 42 - Neils Momberg
In this episode, Cricket South Africa’s Youth Cricket Manager Neils Momberg joins Couch Talk’s South African host Ant Sims, to talk about the challenges faced by Youth Cricket programs in South Africa in terms of funding, the amount of youth leaving South Africa, the influence of T20 cricket on South African youth cricketers and also the spin bowling prospects there.
April 24, 2012
Couch Talk 41 - Iain O'Brien
In this episode, former New Zealand fast bowler Iain O’Brien talks about his battle with depression, mental health issues faced by cricketers, the support system for the players, and how it is looked up on within the cricket community and society in general.
April 13, 2012
Couch Talk 40 - Mohammad Isam
In this episode, Mohammad Isam, Senior sports reporter for the Daily Star in Dhaka, discusses Bangladesh’s results in the Asia cup and whether they have turned a corner as a team, the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and the reports of spot fixing in that tournament, the proposed tour of Pakistan by Bangladesh, Bangladeshi first class cricket structure, amongst other things. 
April 06, 2012
Couch Talk 39 - Harsha Bhogle
In this episode, cricket commentator, columnist and the face of Indian cricket commentary, Harsha Bhogle, talks about a wide range of things including his career as a TV commentator, quality of cricket commentary on TV, the intrusive ads during cricket telecasts, radio commentary, sharing the commentary box with legends of broadcasting and the game among other things.
March 26, 2012
Couch Talk 38 - Kartikeya Date
In this episode, Kartikeya Date of A Cricketing view, who has provided his readers extensive insights in to the technology and philosophy of the Decision Review System (DRS) talks about the changes to the DRS debate in the last 9 months, the future of the role of on-field umpires, and the discussions he has had with Dave Richardson, ICC’s Manager of Cricket.
March 23, 2012
Couch Talk 37 - Daniel Norcross
In this episode, the founder of TestMatchSofa, Daniel Norcross, talks about The Cricketer Magazine buying out the Test Match Sofa, the implications to both the parties and what the listeners of Sofa should expect. He also addresses the press this deal has received and the possible conflict of interest Jonathan Agnew of BBC Test Match Special may have as he is a stakeholder in The Cricketer as well.
March 19, 2012
Couch Talk 36 - Chetan Narula
In this episode, Cricket journalist and writer, Chetan Narula talks about his book “Skipper – A definitve account of India’s greatest captains”, including the inspiration for the book, the research involved in writing it and also about MS Dhoni’s future as India’s captain among other things. Follow Chetan on Twitter at @ChetanNarula.
March 10, 2012
Couch Talk 35 - Venky Mysore
In this episode, CEO & MD of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) of the IPL talks about his introduction to sports management, his first major decision as CEO of KKR (not picking Sourav Ganguly in the 2011 auction), their methods of player analysis prior to an auction, the past and the future of KKR franchise etc.
March 02, 2012
Couch Talk 34 - Gideon Haigh
In this episode, Gideon Haigh, writer and Cricket historian, talks about the ICC, Woolf review, DRS, BCCI and other national cricket boards, influence of T20 cricket, the various franchise-based T20 leagues, the future of test cricket,  John Howard’s (unsuccessful) nomination to the post of ICC vice-president, the power structure within the ICC, and cricket journalism.
February 28, 2012
Couch Talk 33 - Jarrod Kimber, Sam Collins
In this episode, Jarrod Kimber and Sampson Collins, of Two Chucks fame (amongst other things) talk about their independent Cricket documentary “Death of a Gentleman” that is still in production. They have interviewed plenty of Cricket administrators, journalists, player agents, ex-players, current players and fans to find an answer to the burning question that is in a lot of cricket enthusiasts’ minds: “Is Test Cricket dying?”
February 23, 2012
Couch Talk 32 - Lawrence Booth
In this episode, the editor of Wisden, Lawrence Booth talks about England’s failings in the test series vs. Pakistan, cricket reporting and journalism, and how Wisden is relevant in the current environment of 24-hour news cycle and social networking.
February 10, 2012
Couch Talk 31 - Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
In this episode, former Cricinfo correspondent Sidhartha Vaidyanathan talks about India’s disastrous 4-0 test series loss in Australia and answers listeners questions on retirements of Dravid/Laxman, Duncan Fletcher, Sehwag, Dhoni’s captaincy amongst other things.
February 05, 2012
Couch Talk 30 - Ahmer Naqvi, Hassan Cheema
In this episode, Ahmer Naqvi and Hassan Cheema of Dawn Blogs talk about Pakistan’s test series win over England, their personal experiences, Team Misbah and the future of this team. Ahmer is on twitter @KarachiKhatmal and Hassan is at @MediaGag
February 01, 2012
Couch Talk 29 - Sushrut Jain
In this episode, filmmaker Sushrut Jain talks about his cricket documentary “Beyond All Boundaries” that follows three characters, Sudhir Kumar (The Indian Super fan) and two young cricketers, in India with the Cricket World Cup in the Indian subcontinent as the background. The documentary is in post-production and is scheduled to be released late 2012.
January 30, 2012
Couch Talk 28 - Adam Carroll-Smith
In this episode, the author of “Chasing Sachin”, Adam Carroll-Smith talks about the seemingly impossible quest he undertook this past summer – to bowl Sachin Tendulkar out. Adam elaborates on his quest, his particular dislike of Ronnie Irani, and his inspiration Roger Whelan and how things unfolded during his quest.
January 22, 2012
Couch Talk 27 - Shoaib Naveed
In this episode, Shoaib Naveed, a freelance blogger for PakPassion, Dawn Blogs and All Out Cricket, talks about the India-Australia series that he is covering Down Under, the upcoming Pakistan-England series in UAE, meeting his cricketing idol Wasim Akram and narrates a scarcely believable story he pulled off while covering the world cup in Sri Lanka, recently. 
January 15, 2012
Couch Talk 26 - Aakash Chopra
In this episode, former India test opener and author of the new book “Out of the Blue: Rajasthan’s Road to The Ranji Trophy” Aakash Chopra, talks about his book, provides suggestions for improving the Ranji Trophy competition, discusses India’s upcoming tour to Australia and also opines on his former batting partner, Virender Sehwag.
December 11, 2011
Couch Talk 25 - Mahesh Sethuraman
In this episode, Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd) talks about how the experiences of a cricket fan in India – watching it on Television with the intrusive ads or in the stadium with not so great facilities – have got worse over the years.
December 04, 2011
Couch Talk 24 - Umran Khan
In this episode, Umran Khan of the Dubai-based sports management company, Aces Middle East talks about his job as manager of cricketers. He talks about the different tasks his job entails on a day-to-day basis, his clients (Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq amongst others), the spot fixing scandal and some of the lighter moments of managing players.
November 04, 2011
Couch Talk 23 - Sana Kazmi, Masuud Qazi
In this episode, Passionate Pakistani fans Sana Kazmi and Masuud Qazi talk about their reactions to the spot fixing scandal. Masuud brings his perspective on the spotfixing trial from attending the court proceedings. They also talk about the way forward for Pakistani cricket.
October 31, 2011
Couch Talk 22 - Jamie Harrison
In this episode, the president of US Youth Cricket Association, Jamie Harrison talks about his organization’s approach to grow the game of cricket from the bottom up in the United States. He also discusses the future of the sport in US and the role of T20 in all that.Please visit the USYCA Website for all the wonderful initiatives undertaken to bring cricket to the kids in USA. 
October 28, 2011
Couch Talk 21 - Stacey Harris
In this episode, Stacey Louise Harris (@lilmissashes) talks about her conversion to cricket and her book, “Point to Fine Leg: A Modern Woman’s Complete Guide to Cricket”. The book is available for electronicdownload from Pitch Vision and you can also follow Stacey on her blog “Point to Fine Leg“.
October 26, 2011
Couch Talk 20 - Jarrod Kimber
In this episode, Jarrod Kimber of Cricket with Balls and SPIN Magazine talks about his recently released book, “Australian Autopsy”, Two chucks, Cricket Australia, India-England series, problems facing India, Australia and other top sides and why England are that much better than the rest.
October 22, 2011
Couch Talk 19 - Martin Rowe, Evander Lomke
In this episode, co-authors of “Right off the bat” Martin Rowe and Evander Lomke (Two New Yorkers with differing backgrounds) talk about their book that deals with the interplay and parallelism that exists between the two beautiful sports of Cricket and Baseball in terms of their history, culture, jargon, future etc. The discussion covers in detail the future of cricket in the United States, the authors’ favorite cricket and baseball players amongst other things.
October 19, 2011
Couch Talk 18 - Firdose Moonda
In this episode, The South Africa Correspondent of ESPN Cricinfo, Firdose Moonda talks about the recent changes to the South African cricket team in terms of coach, captaincy, selections as well as the upcoming home series against Australia.
October 10, 2011
Couch Talk 17 - Henry Olonga
In this episode, former Zimbabwe fast bowler Henry Olonga talks about the situations that led to he and Andy Flower wearing black armbands to protest against the human right abuses of the corrupt Robert Mugabe government, which led to Henry leaving Zimbabwe. He also talks about his cricketing career, the Pakistani thread to his on-field cricket experiences, role of faith in his life and the future of Zimbabwe cricket.
September 23, 2011
Couch Talk 16 - Anupam Mukherji
In this episode, Anupam Mukherji, the founder of Pitch Invasionand the Fake IPL player blogger, talks of his experiences in founding and doing cricket commentary on Pitch Invasion, the future of this enterprise and how the idea for Fake IPL player came about.
September 16, 2011
Couch Talk 15 - Nitin Sundar
In this episode, Nitin Sundar, sub-editor at ESPN Cricinfo talks about the life of a cricket sub-editor, the ball-by-ball commentary operations at Cricinfo, his interaction with the fans,  job satisfaction etc.
September 09, 2011
Couch Talk 14 - Osman Samiuddin
In this episode, Osman Samiuddin (Former Pakistan editor of Cricinfo and current sports writer for The National) talks about the several issues surrounding the Pakistani cricket team and its board (PCB) including the spot-fixing scandal, Afridi’s retirement, resignation of Waqar Younis from the post of coach, Shoaib Akhtar’s autobiography amongst others.
September 06, 2011
Couch Talk 13 - Sidin Vadukut, Anand Ramachandran
In this episode, Sidin Vadukut (author, blogger, editor) and Anand Ramachandran (Game designer, blogger), both Page 2 writers on Cricinfo and all around nice guys, discuss satire in cricket writing, the enormous ability of cricket to provide material for humor, the feedback from fans etc. I apologize in advance for the audio-recorder malfunctioning that caused a slight feedback towards the end of the podcast.
August 31, 2011
Couch Talk 12 - Sriram Dayanand, Mahesh Sethuraman
In this episode, Sriram Dayanand and Mahesh Sethuraman talk about their experiences of watching cricket in England and how it compares to their experiences in India. They also talk about their favorite moments on a cricket field that they have been witness to. 
August 25, 2011
Couch Talk 11 - Prem Panicker
In this episode, The Managing Editor of Yahoo! India, Prem Panicker talks about his start in cricket journalism with Rediff, covering the 2002 India tour of England from his office in India, BCCI selectors and their selection policies, future direction of Yahoo! cricket amongst other things.
August 19, 2011
Couch Talk 10 - Daniel Norcross
In this episode, Daniel Norcross, the founder of Test Match Sofatalks of how he went about setting up the testmatchsofa, the future of alternative cricket commentary, and the favorite matches from the past he’d have loved to cover and players (past or present) he would like to have on the sofa.
August 13, 2011
Couch Talk 9 - Wright Thompson
In this episode, Wright Thompson, senior writer from, talks about his introduction to cricket, watching Tendulkar score a century at Bangalore during the world cup, and meeting the legend afterwards, and professes his new found love for test cricket after having watched a test match at Lord’s.
August 08, 2011
Couch Talk 8 - Nishant Joshi
In this episode, the founder and editor of Alternative Cricket, Nishant Joshi, talks about his efforts in raising funds for the Afghan Youth Cricket by putting together the book “Alternative Cricket Almanack” and the future direction of “alternative cricket”, the IPL Girl controversy amongst other things.
August 06, 2011
Couch Talk 7 - Jarrod Kimber
In the first part of this episode, Jarrod Kimber of Cricket With Balls talks about his cricket origins, his books – “When Freddie became Jesus” and his upcoming book “Australian Autopsy” and his love for Pakistani cricket. Do check back for part 2, where Jarrod talks about India-England, Shane Warne ruining the lives of all leg spinners in Australia and much more.
July 23, 2011
Couch Talk 5 - Aatif Nawaz, Henna Khan
In this episode, Aatif Nawaz and Henna Khan, who are English but of Pakistani origins, discuss the various aspects of immigrant children adapting to and adopting the sporting culture of the country they grew up in.
July 16, 2011
Couch Talk 6 - Gary Naylor, Dileep Premchandran
In this episode, Dileep Premchandran and Gary Naylor preview the upcoming India-England test series, including discussions on the aftereffects of India’s tour match vs Somerset, the bowling line-ups, middle orders, openers, captains and their series prediction.
July 16, 2011
Couch Talk 4 - Peter Della Penna
In this episode, Peter Della Penna, a full-blooded American with no ties to cricket, talks about his introduction to cricket and how he ended up being the lone cricket journalist in the U.S. writing for ESPN, Cricinfo and Dreamcricket, and also about his upcoming book – a compilation of his experiences in playing and covering cricket in the U.S. and around the world.
July 13, 2011
Couch Talk 3 - Kartikeya Date
In this episode, Kartikeya Date of A Cricketing View comes on the show to discuss the fragilities of the ball tracking technologies used in the DRS, their impact on the interpretation of the LBW law and ponders about the role of an umpire in cricket.
July 04, 2011
Couch Talk 2 - Ant Sims, Sana Kazmi
In this episode, we try to take a look at women in the field of cricket reporting and women bloggers. There is a large number of women that follow cricket but that is not reflected in the number that cover cricket. Two wonderful bloggers Ant Sims and Sana Kazmi are on Couch Talk to discuss the various sides of the issue.
June 26, 2011
Couch Talk 1 - Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
In part 1, SidVee talks about how he came to be a reporter for Cricinfo and all the joy and experiences that brought in to his career. He talks about couple of on-field performances by players he got to witness, and the strains on the personal life of a cricket journalist. Part 2: The discussion turned towards current state of cricket journalism. The nexus of cricket journalists (in need of access) and player agents, the dynamics between cricket administrations and journalists is also covered. SidVee also talks about his favorite cricket writers, and the role of cricket bloggers in the grand scheme of things.
June 24, 2011