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The Last Wicket

By Cricket Guys
A one-stop-shop for cricket fans searching for intelligent conversations on analytics, cricket history and niche topics. The Last Wicket offers all that and more with the help of an array of guests who have a wide array of expertise in the game.

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Talking Biomechanics in Cricket
Human Movement specialist and Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics - Dr. Paul Felton joins host Mayank for a freewheeling discussion on the role of biomechanics in cricket. Paul talks about how he got hooked into cricket, the difference in biomechanics between the men’s and women’s game, the acceptance of cricket biomechanics at the international level, and much more. Links The Cricket Biomechanist (@TheCricketBiom) / Twitter Paul Felton (drpaulfelton.com) Four Tent Pegs Visual.pdf (cricket.com.au)
40:60
October 03, 2022
The Art of Wicket Keeping
ECB Level 3 Advanced Coach Josh Sivier joins host Mayank for a deep dive on all things related to wicket keeping. We discuss the importance of feet movement for keepers, grabbing takes down the leg side, what the best wicket keepers do on a consistent basis, and much more. Follow Josh on Twitter!
42:05
September 05, 2022
The Future of Cricket
BBC-TMS and ABC broadcaster Prakash Wakankar joins The Last Wicket to share his thoughts on the future of the game as we know it, including the sustainability of specialist teams for multiple formats, the resulting impact on quality of the cricket itself, the future of ODIs, feasibility of a franchise-based test league, and much more.  Follow Prakash on Twitter.
46:49
August 22, 2022
Caribbean Diaries featuring Johns Benny
Indian cricket 'superfan' Johns Benny aka @CricCrazyJohns joined The Last Wicket pod to share his experience of watching cricket in the Caribbean recently. Along with co-host Mayank, Johns talks about the difference between watching cricket in India and watching the game abroad, interacting with players and other fans, and how the Indian team is shaping up ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup.  Follow Johns on Twitter
51:05
August 09, 2022
Indian Cricket's Testing Times with Gaurav Joshi
Freelance cricket writer and broadcaster Gaurav Joshi joins host Mayank for a chat on his journalistic ethos, and what other sports can teach cricket. We also discuss what ails Indian test cricket at the moment, whether it's time for more youngsters to be groomed in the long format, key differences between Ravi Shastri and Rahul Dravid as coach, and of course what the pesky "Bazball" is all about. Follow Gaurav on Twitter
44:12
July 18, 2022
Yasmin Daswani and Associate Women in Cricket
Benny of The Last Wicket and Jay Dansinghani of All Over Cricket team up to chat with London-based lawyer and vice-captain of the Hong Kong women's cricket team - Yasmin Daswani. We discuss Yasmin's journey to become a cricketer, balancing law and her love for the game, the ongoing challenges faced by women in cricket, her platform "Associate Women in Cricket" among many other things. Links Home | Associate Women in Cricket (associatecricket.com) Associate Women in Cricket - AWC | Facebook Associate Women in Cricket (@Women_in_cric) / Twitter
43:55
June 27, 2022
Luke Sutton's Wonderful World of Wicket Keeping
Sports agent and former Derbyshire captain Luke Sutton joins The Last Wicket to talk about his book - "Welcome to the Wonderful World of Wicket Keeping". We talk about the intricacies of wicket keeping, how it has evolved over the years, and the keepers who have redefined the role. We also discuss the role of a sports agent in modern cricket, as well as Luke's journey in dealing with mental health and addiction issues. Links Luke Sutton (@luke_sutts) / Twitter Amazon.co.uk: Luke Sutton: Books, Biography, Blogs, Audiobooks, Kindle
47:54
June 20, 2022
Cricket in Nepal with Rajan Shah
Rajan Shah (@momocricket) joins The Last Wicket to talk all things Nepal cricket. We discuss the structure of domestic cricket in Nepal, the case for longer format competitions, the scope for improved administration of the game, rising stars to look out for and much more. Links Rajan Shah (@momocricket) / Twitter Home - Momocricket
45:14
May 30, 2022
Random Cricket Tales with Amit Sinha
Amit Sinha (@RandomCricketP1) joins The Last Wicket to talk about his passion behind unearthing stories related to random cricket photos. We talk about how his understanding of the game has evolved through researching the stories, how teams are more strategic in their use of social media, his interaction with some of the rising stars of Indian cricket, and much more. Amit shares a lot of fascinating anecdotes, including a couple from the iconic 1999 World Cup semifinal between Australia and South Africa.  Links TheRandomCricketPhotosGuy (@RandomCricketP1) / Twitter Random Cricket Photos That Make Me Happy | Facebook Random Cricket Photos Podcast - YouTube
01:14:07
May 23, 2022
When The Greats Stumble
Returning guest Gurkirat Singh Gill joins The Last Wicket at the midway stage of IPL 2022 to discuss ongoing travails of the Indian cricketing stars - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. We share our thoughts on the calls for Kohli to take a break, if Rohit needs to step away from IPL captaincy, and if expectations need to be reevaluated for Jadeja the T20 cricketer. Also, we discuss how fan perspectives can be maintained when our favorite players go through a prolonged rough patch. Links Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) / Twitter Gilly Cricket - YouTube Gilly Cricket (@gillycricket) • Instagram photos and videos Gurkirat’s view | Gurkirat Singh Gill | Substack
45:55
April 25, 2022
The Almost Men with Abhishek Mukherjee
Abhishek Mukherjee (Editor-in-Chief of Cricketnews.com) drops in to talk about a select group of cricketers whose international careers didn't quite pan out the way they were widely expected to. We spoke about Venkatesh Prasad, Nikhil Chopra, David Hussey, Vinod Kambli, Maninder Singh and Grame Hick among a few others. Links Abhishek Mukherjee on Twitter Sachin and Azhar at Cape Town: Indian and South African Cricket Through the Prism of a Partnership - Amazon link
53:12
April 11, 2022
Jarrod Kimber and the Multiverse of Cricket
Cricket's own jack-of-all-trades (writer, analyst, podcaster, author, broadcaster, etc.) Jarrod Kimber joins The Last Wicket for a free-wheeling chat on his unconventional journey from amateur blogger to one of the more prominent voices in cricket media today. We talk about if his trajectory is replicable, the sustainability of freelance content creation in cricket, and if this content can bring about actual change in the game. Also, some stray thoughts on Shane Warne and redesigning test cricket. Part 1 - Thoughts on Shane Warne (02:11 - 22:09) Part 2 - Jarrod's journey (22:22 - 1:15:26) Part 3 - Redesigning Test Cricket (1:15:30 - 1:24:57) Links Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) / Twitter Jarrod Kimber - writer | Facebook Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) • Instagram photos and videos Red Inker With Jarrod Kimber | Podcast on Spotify Fans With Laptops: The Sports Writing Course | Fans with Laptops: The (teachable.com) Jarrod Kimber - YouTube @jarrodkimber | Linktree
01:26:13
April 04, 2022
The State of Women's Cricket
Deputy Sports Editor at Scroll.in - Vinayakk Mohanarangan joins The Last Wicket to talk about the ongoing Women's World Cup in New Zealand and what it tells us about the talent and future of the women's game. We also touched upon India's performance, the role of social media engagement, and of course the pesky topic of a full-fledged Women's IPL. Links Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) / Twitter Vinayakk Mohanarangan | Scroll.in Streamlit - IPL Stats Page
01:11:24
March 28, 2022
Falling In Love With Australia's Summer Game
Host of the first established cricket podcast in Australia, The Cricket Library Podcast, and author of the new book - "For The Love Of Cricket: Haiku Poems Inspired By The Summer Game" - Matt Ellis joins The Last Wicket podcast to pay tribute to Rodney Marsh and Shane Warne, talk about the ongoing tour of Pakistan by the Australian team, and share how he fell in love with Australia's favorite summer game. Links The Cricket Library (@CricketLibrary) / Twitter thecricketlibrary.com | We love reading cricket books For The Love Of Cricket: Haiku Poems Inspired By The Summer Game eBook : Ellis, MJ, Fiction, M: Amazon.com.au: Books
01:11:27
March 14, 2022
Cricket and Business with David Paynter
Special guest David Paynter - founder of Payntr footwear brand and great-grandson of England Ashes Legend Eddie Paynter - joins us to chat about his cricketing heritage, his journey from player to entrepreneur, the challenges associated with running a cricket-themed business, and much more.  Links PAYNTR | Cricket Shoes, Golf Shoes, Trainers - Performance Multiplied PAYNTR™ (@payntr) • Instagram photos and videos PAYNTR™ Cricket (@PayntrCricket) / Twitter
57:12
March 07, 2022
Talking Leading Women with Mamatha Maben
Former India captain and current coach Mamatha Maben joins us for a chat about her playing career, coaching assignments with China, Bangladesh and now Karnataka, the evolution of Mithali Raj as leader, development of leadership within the younger crop of women cricketers, and player-journalist dynamics.  Also features some thoughts on the new IPL format and the Indian test squad for the Sri Lanka series. Links Mamatha Maben (@MabenMaben) / Twitter ‘Mithali Raj is both best and worst…’: War of words between commentator Isabelle Westbury and VR Vanitha over India skipper | Cricket News | Zee News
01:14:37
February 28, 2022
The Tale of the 2022 Under-19 World Cup
It is a no-guest episode, as hosts Benny and Mayank discuss the recently concluded Under-19 World Cup that resulted in yet another Indian win. We talk about what the tournament tells us about the future of men's cricket, if these World Cups have really helped young cricketers take a step up to the next level, the players we enjoyed watching, and the reasons why India are consistently good at the Under-19 World Cups. 
01:06:18
February 21, 2022
A Conversation with Craig Govender
South African team physio Craig Govender joins in for a free-flowing chat on his work in both the domestic and national setup, his thoughts on modern techniques in fitness trainings, juggling individualized approaches for different formats of the game, and much more.  Links Craig Govender (@Craig_gov) / Twitter How New Zealand beat the heat in the UAE | Cricbuzz.com
50:54
February 14, 2022
Can Cricket Repurpose America's Talented Athlete Pool?
ESPNCricinfo USA correspondent Peter Della Penna joins us to discuss all things cricket in the United States. We explore the unique challenges the game faces, as well as possible ways cricket can make inroads among the American sporting public. Can cricket displace any of the existing big four sports in the country? Could any of the athletes among these sports be remolded to cricketers in a bid to expand the game's footprint?  Links Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) / Twitter The Stars and Stripes Cricket Podcast NCAA Softball on Twitter: "What 💪 a 💪 throw! 💪 @kaleiharding 📺 @espn #WCWS x @FSU_Softball https://t.co/qWldSjjpYY" / Twitter -------------------- Please register and vote for The Last Wicket in the ‘Best Cricket Podcast’ category on Sports Podcast Awards!
02:00:24
February 07, 2022
For The Love of the Game
We were joined by Saqib Ali, host of the Cricket with an Accent podcast to discuss our love of cricket - how we got into it, what we love about the game and what we dislike about it, how our Indian cricket fandom has evolved over the years, and what we hope to see in the future of the game.  Links Azhar caught and bowled Cricket with an Accent Podcast | a podcast by Saqib Ali (podbean.com) Saqib (@saqiba) / Twitter ----------- Please register and vote for The Last Wicket in the ‘Best Cricket Podcast’ category on Sports Podcast Awards! Check out 'Cricket with the Last Wicket' on the We Got Balls podcast!
01:36:07
January 31, 2022
Is Attending a Boys-only School an Incidental Contributing Factor to South African Cricket Success?
Dr. Habib Noorbhai is back to discuss the paper he authored in 2020 - "Attending boys-only schools: Is it an incidental or a strategic contributing factor to South African cricket development and success?". We discuss the quintile system in South African schools and how it relates to wealth disparity, the stark difference between co-ed and boys-only schools in yielding future cricket captains, the existing infrastructure for disadvantaged South African youngsters who want to play cricket, and much more. Links (PDF) Attending boys-only schools: Is it an incidental or a strategic contributing factor to South African cricket development and success? (researchgate.net) Habib Noorbhai, PhD (@Habib_Noorbhai) / Twitter ----------- Please register and vote for The Last Wicket in the ‘Best Cricket Podcast’ category on Sports Podcast Awards!
01:06:50
January 24, 2022
The State of English Cricket
Returning guest Dan Weston chats with The Last Wicket to give some perspective on what ails English cricket at the moment. We discuss the structure of county cricket, role of private schools in developing cricketers, the effect of limited overs success, the Azeem Rafiq saga and much more. Darren Stevens gets mentioned a lot. Links Dan Weston (@SAAdvantage) / Twitter 'Stevo's gonna get ya' The Ashes 2021-22 - Joe Root 'We need to put some pride back in the badge' (espncricinfo.com) Tom Brown on Twitter: "Paper published from my PhD outlining the ethnic & relative wealth representations within performance cricket in England and Wales. Huge thank you to @AdamKelly07, @lewisgough @iffykhawaja, Alun and Paul for their support. https://t.co/eRdGMnmLPF https://t.co/gcnhnHZg4j https://t.co/tOXyZKJK87" / Twitter ------------------------------------------- Please register and vote for The Last Wicket in the ‘Best Cricket Podcast’ category on Sports Podcast Awards!
57:15
January 17, 2022
What You Don't Know About the Bodyline Series
Cricket history buff Abhishek Chopra joins The Last Wicket for a special episode on the historic 'Bodyline' series of 1932-33. We talk about how the epic Ashes series upended the cricket world, created tensions between Australia and England, and inspired one of the first known debates over the spirit of the game. More importantly, we revisit some of the lesser-known incidents and anecdotes from an eventful passage in cricket history. More Follow Abhishek Chopra (El_Chopernos) on Twitter Check out more information about the Bodyline series at TheLastWicket.com
01:30:19
November 22, 2021
The Role of the Modern Cricket Coach
Senior Sub-editor at CricInfo - Shashank Kishore joins The Last Wicket to talk coaching - specifically, the evolving role of coaching in international and franchise cricket. We talk about the balance of strategy inputs and man management, how we evaluate their performances, the challenges of coaching across formats, and of course the tenure of outgoing Indian men's coach Ravi Shastri. Follow Shashank on Twitter
01:04:26
November 15, 2021
The Art of Training the Body with John Gloster
Former India and current Rajasthan Royals physiotherapist John Gloster joins us to share his thoughts on the evolution of fitness training in cricket over the last two decades, the pandemic's impact on athlete health, why sleep is the next frontier in body conditioning, and much more. Links How do batters train for the demands of T20? Rajasthan Royals physio John Gloster says recovery and speed key to success in IPL Space constraints could hamper Indian players' training - John Gloster
01:02:06
November 08, 2021
The Forgotten Sons of Indian Cricket
Author Trinanjan Chakraborty joins The Last Wicket for a conversation about his book - "The Forgotten Sons: Untold Stories of Indian Cricket". We chat about our shared love of cricket nostalgia, and the impact of lesser known Indian cricketers from history which served to inspire Trinanjan to write the aforementioned book. The select group of yesteryear cricketers we discuss in this episode are Palwankar Baloo, Hemachandra Adhikari, Pankaj Roy and Rusi Surti. Links Trinanjan Chakraborty on Twitter Amazon link to "The Forgotten Sons: Untold Stories of Indian Cricket"
58:25
November 01, 2021
When The Associates Come To The Party
All Over Cricket's founder Jay Dansinghani joins The Last Wicket to chat about the associate teams who are making waves in the 2021 T20 World Cup. We talk unsatisfying formats, significance of Scotland and Namibia making it to the Super 12 stage, the disappointing performances from Ireland and Netherlands, and much more. Links Follow Jay Dansinghani on Twitter  All Over Cricket on Twitter All Over Cricket website Ireland's T20 struggles and Nepal's cricket passion Podcaster Claim Token - 7gNMFhfZSnk1gKeRAXfu
01:11:45
October 25, 2021
When the Women in Blue Took a Trip Down Under
Ananya Upendran (Managing Editor, Women's CricZone) and Laura Jolly (Women's Cricket Editor, Cricket Australia) join us for a chat about the recently concluded tour of Australia by the Indian Women and what the performances say about both teams' prospects for the upcoming World Cup. We also talk about the participation of the Indian stars in the WBBL, the ongoing debate over 5-day tests and points structure, and much more. Links Ananya on Twitter Women's CricZone Laura on Twitter  The Scoop Cricket Podcast
01:03:03
October 18, 2021
A Conversation with Colin Miller
Former Australian cricketer Colin Miller joins us for a conversation about his professional career, the story behind his "colorful" persona, his coaching aspirations, and his thoughts on how cricket can break into the mainstream in the United States. Links Colin Miller profile and biography, stats, records, averages, photos and videos (espncricinfo.com) ------- Please answer our survey to tell us how we're doing! The Last Wicket podcast Survey
54:09
October 04, 2021
The State of Cricket with Anam Nadeem
Writer and digital presenter Anam Nadeem drops in to discuss the state of the game as Pakistan cricket faces another crisis. We explore the impacts of the withdrawals of the New Zealand and England squads from their tours to Pakistan, and what this means for the future of the game. We also talk about what current events mean for Afghanistan cricket, the MCC's announcement of adoption of gender neutral terminology and much more. New Zealand and England pulling out from Pakistan tours: 01:03 - 39:30 What happens now to Afghanistan cricket? 39:35 - 49:12 MCC says 'batsman' is now 'batter': 49:17 - 56:14 Impact on Pakistan's preparations for upcoming global tournaments: 56:18 - 1:03:35 Links Anam Nadeem on Twitter ------- Please answer our survey to tell us how we're doing! The Last Wicket podcast Survey
01:05:55
September 27, 2021
A Conversation with Malolan Rangarajan
Coach and former cricketer Malolan Rangarajan joins The Last Wicket podcast for a conversation about his work with the CPL-winning SKN Patriots, the importance of planning strategy before the start of a T20 season, his experiences with the Caribbean stars, the transition from player to coach, and much more. Links Malolan Rangarajan on Twitter Malolan's CricInfo profile ------- Please answer our survey to tell us how we're doing! The Last Wicket podcast Survey
47:43
September 20, 2021
Narine and Mustafizur: The Art of T20 Bowling
Returning guest Karthikeya Manchala joins us to talk about the nuances of T20 bowling as exhibited through the likes of Sunil Narine and Mustafizur Rahman, the value of wide yorkers, construction of death bowling and much more. Links Karthikeya on Twitter Sunil Narine - The King of T20 spin bowling - by Karthikeya Manchala - Caribbean Cricket News (substack.com) ------- Please answer our survey to tell us how we're doing! The Last Wicket podcast Survey
38:50
September 13, 2021
The Biomechanics of the Backlift with Dr. Habib Noorbhai
Sports scientist Dr. Habib Noorbhai joins The Last Wicket gang for a chat on his PhD on the backlift technique, the unique training bat he helped develop, the future of biomechanics in cricket, and much more. Links Habib Noorbhai on Twitter Training bat with racquet shaped toe-end Kohli-Root-Smith comparison Use of coaching cricket bat aligned with long term athlete development Website The batting backlift technique in cricket (PhD Thesis) A descriptive analysis of batting backlift techniques in cricket: Does the practice of elite cricketers follow the theory? Novel coaching cricket bat: can it be used to enhance the backlift and performance of junior cricket batsmen? | BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine ------- Please answer our survey to tell us how we're doing! The Last Wicket podcast Survey
01:04:49
September 06, 2021
The World's Biggest Sports Fan
Australian radio show host and former cricketer Kieran "Beefy" Blake joins us for a chat about the current state of Australian cricket, the role sports can play in other areas of life, and his "365 Days of Sport" project which led to him being crowned as the official "World's Biggest Sports Fan".  Links 365 Days of Sport - Facebook page 365 Days of Sport - Instagram To check out "the scorecard", visit our website. Please answer our survey to tell us how we're doing! The Last Wicket podcast Survey
01:05:12
August 30, 2021
When Emotions Run High in Cricket
The Last Wicket gang (sans Himanish) reflect on the dramatic finish to the Lord's game, and revisit other memorable instances in recent times where emotions got the better of calmer heads on a cricket field.  Links England collapse to a shock defeat - by Freehit - Freehit's Blog (substack.com) Free hits for no-balls would have stopped Jasprit Bumrah's attack on James Anderson (telegraph.co.uk) Virat Kohli Fight With Mitchell Johnson | Virat Kohli Vs Mitchell Johnson 2014 - 2015 Test Series 'Get ready for a broken fucken arm': how Michael Clarke got ruthless Full coverage of the Anderson-Jadeja altercation Cricket: England choke on their jelly beans as Zaheer savours sweet revenge Eng vs Ind 2021 - James Anderson vs India - A history of wickets and verbals (espncricinfo.com) Please answer our survey to tell us how we're doing! The Last Wicket podcast Survey
01:00:38
August 23, 2021
A Conversation with Lewis Hatchett
Former Sussex player Lewis Hatchett drops in to chat about his professional career, his Poland Syndrome diagnosis, the physical and mental challenges he had to face after an early retirement, and the current work he does with athletes in the areas of mindfulness and discovering inner purpose. Links Lewis Hatchett website Podcast Twitter Instagram YouTube Sport Yogi
01:05:47
August 16, 2021
Talking The Hundred with Toby Reynolds
Host of the Sticky Wicket podcast and Trent Rockets content creator Toby Reynolds joins The Last Wicket to talk about the England-India test series and the immediate impact of the new Hundred competition.  Links Toby Reynolds on Twitter Sticky Wicket on Twitter Sticky Wicket on Instagram
59:29
August 09, 2021
Talking Cricket Broadcasts with Hemant Buch
Live cricket director and producer extraordinaire Hemant Buch joins The Last Wicket to talk about the recently concluded tour of Sri Lanka by India, his career in television broadcasting, and the challenges faced by behind-the-scenes personnel in a post-COVID world.  Links Hemant Buch on Twitter
01:05:25
August 02, 2021
Pakistan in England - T20 Vision for 2021
Clive (_vanillawallah) is back to talk Pakistan cricket and T20....specifically Pakistan in T20 cricket. We talk about batting approaches, assigned roles in the playing XI, Misbah's impact on the team's performances, Pakistan's chances in the upcoming World T20 championship, and much more. Links Clive on Twitter Clive's article on Pakistan's T20 side
48:59
July 26, 2021
Battle Of The Blues - Indian Women In England
Special guest Ananya Upendran returns to break down the recent Indian Women's tour of England. We revisit the talking points from across the formats, as well as explore the fairness of critiquing the Indian Women, the value a players association could add to the game, the impact of domestic cricket experience on performances abroad, and much more.  Links Ananya Upendran on Twitter Women's CricZone
56:26
July 19, 2021
Talking Associate Cricket with Bertus de Jong
Dutch writer/journalist Bertus de Jong dishes about the state of Associate cricket, what the World Cup Super League is all about, ideal World Cup formats, the growth of cricket in emerging cricketing nations and much more. Links Follow Bertus de Jong on Twitter 14 team World Cup format ideas "Whatever happened to the Intercontinental Cup?" - Peter Della Penna
48:24
June 28, 2021
The Umpire's Calling
ECB Level 2 umpire Amit Sangekar joins us for a chat about his journey in the umpiring circuit, the preparation and challenges behind his job, his experiences in umpiring different age groups in men's and women's cricket, his thoughts on technology and it's impact on the state of umpiring in international cricket, and much more. Listen in for some fascinating insights shared with him by the likes of Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena. Links Follow Amit on Twitter ECB umpiring courses
01:03:28
June 21, 2021
Memories of A Humbling: 0-8 in 2011
Special guest Subash Jeyaraman (@cricketcouch) joins The Last Wicket gang for a therapy session as we talk about the horror tours of England and Australia by the Indian test side in 2011. We break down each of the eight games and dissect what went wrong, and in the process we talk about Dhoni's captaincy and test batting, Sachin and Dravid's battles against the fading light of their careers, the lack of bench strength, emergence of Kohli the test batsman and much more. Listen in as we revisit some forgotten gems like Eoin Morgan scoring a test ton, and RP Singh taking a break from a vacation in Miami to appear for a solitary game. Links Stuart Broad's hattrick  Ian Bell run-out incident Virat Kohli's maiden test ton
01:57:02
June 14, 2021
The Road to the World Test Championship Final
The Cricket Guys are joined by special guest Michael Wagener (@Mykuhl) to discuss the upcoming World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand. We also talk reasons for New Zealand's recent successes, expectations from the public, memorable games from this championship cycle, thoughts on the structuring of the WTC, and some fascinating statistical insights. Links: Follow Michael on Twitter Bowling SR for right-arm pacers in England in last five years  New Zealand vs Pakistan - dramatic finish at Mt Maunganui Australia vs India - history made at Gabba
01:08:11
June 07, 2021
A Conversation with Murali Kartik
Former Indian international Murali Kartik joins The Last Wicket to chat about spin-friendly pitches, evolution of spinners in T20s, transition to television career, the "Mankad" debate and much more. Links: Murali Kartik on Twitter Circle of Cricket
01:09:22
May 31, 2021
A Tale of Indian Speed Merchants with Vijay Lokapally
We speak with eminent journalist and cricket author Vijay Lokapally about his career in journalism, current state of Indian cricket and the book he co-authored with Gulu Ezekiel - “Speed Merchants: The Story of Indian Pace Bowling 1886 to 2019”. Links Follow Vijay Lokapally on Twitter. “Speed Merchants: The Story of Indian Pace Bowling 1886 to 2019”
01:14:42
May 24, 2021
A Conversation with WV Raman
Former Indian cricketer and Indian Women's coach WV Raman joins us for a chat about his time as a player with the Indian and Tamil Nadu side for close to two decades, his thoughts on an expanded Women's IPL as well as women's tests, his book "The Winning Sixer: Leadership Lessons to Master", and much more. Links Follow WV Raman on Twitter Find his book on Amazon Follow his podcast on Buzzsprout
54:41
May 17, 2021
A Conversation with Arun Lal
The Cricket Guys are joined by former India player, commentator and current Bengal coach Arun Lal for an expansive chat touching upon his approach to coaching in the domestic circuit, his thoughts on how a commentator can add value to proceedings, memories of Bengal's Ranji trophy win in 1990, his fight against cancer, and much much more. Don't miss his thoughts on dealing with anxiety in the middle of a pandemic.
01:23:38
May 10, 2021
The Evolution of IPL Fandom
Delhi Capitals super-fan Gurkirat Singh Gill joins us to chat about the transformation of the Daredevils into the Capitals, the evolving social media strategies of the IPL franchises, the wild extremes of IPL fandom, the enduring allure of the IPL and much more.  Links Follow Gurkirat on Twitter.
59:54
May 03, 2021
A Conversation with Arjun Dev
Rajasthan Royals team coordinator Arjun Dev joins The Last Wicket to talk about coaching kids at the Six Cricket Community in Bangalore as well as his experience of working within the IPL. We talk about his journey in coaching, the dynamics of mentoring kids, the rising interest of girls for the game, and much more. We also hear some interesting behind the scenes stories from the Rajasthan Royals dressing room.  Also, The Last Wicket hosts take some time to share their thoughts on the debate over the IPL in times of spiking COVID-19 cases in India. 00:13 - 25:10 - The Last Wicket hosts share their thoughts 25:47 - 01:38:33 - Conversation with Arjun Dev Links Follow Arjun Dev on Twitter Six Cricket Community Cricket Central Store
01:39:55
April 26, 2021
Talking T20 Analytics with Dan Weston - Part 2
The Cricket Guys continue their conversation with analyst and author Dan Weston (@SAAdvantage) who works with teams to provide recruiting and strategy assistance through his firm Sports Analytics Advantage. In the second of a two-part conversation, we talk about the value of anchors in T20 batting, future of cricket analytics and advice for budding analysts. 00:14 - 18:32: Thoughts on the "denied run" between Sanju Samson and Chris Morris, as well as the criticisms of KL Rahul and Manish Pandey 18:39 - 56:41: Conversation with Dan Weston (Leave us a voice message to be featured on an upcoming episode of The Last Wicket!) Links Find Dan on Twitter Sports Analytics Advantage Check out his book: "Strategies for Success in the Indian Premier League"
57:52
April 19, 2021
Talking T20 Analytics with Dan Weston - Part 1
The Cricket Guys are joined by analyst and author Dan Weston (@SAAdvantage) who works with teams to provide recruiting and strategy assistance through his firm Sports Analytics Advantage. In the first of a two-part conversation, we discuss Dan's journey in cricket analytics, his views on IPL team building, inferring player potential from statistics and much more.  (Leave us a voice message to be featured on an upcoming episode of The Last Wicket!) Links Find Dan on Twitter Sports Analytics Advantage Check out his book: "Strategies for Success in the Indian Premier League"
58:19
April 12, 2021
A Conversation with Aatif Nawaz
In a freewheeling chat with the Cricket Guys, stand-up comedian and TV presenter Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) talks about his juggling act as a television presenter and comedic performer, his thoughts on the cricketing rivalry between India and Pakistan, the PSL setback, his expectations from Pakistan's tour of South Africa and much more. Spoiler alert: not everything about this episode is concerning cricket. Links You can follow Aatif on Twitter  Check out his YouTube channel Post Match Chat YouTube channel Ranveer Singh consoles Aatif Nawaz Postcards from Lahore
01:12:06
April 05, 2021
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai - When Dhoni Lifted the 2011 Cricket World Cup
In this special episode, the Cricket Guys and Minal (Granger_Gab) gather on the 10 year anniversary of the 2011 Cricket World Cup final to reflect on some fond memories. We talk pre-tournament expectations, greatest moments, our immediate reactions to India's win, and the team's legacy ten years on. Tune in for some flashbacks to the insouciant Sehwag, tribute to Tendulkar, Yuvraj's champion mentality and well of course, "Dhoni finishes off in style". Links: You can follow Minal on Twitter here. You can read her article on the World Cup win, written three days later: Why I Can Only Say Thank You Some video clips from the stands (World Cup Final): World Cup 2011 Memories Bonus Link: Minal's other passion is KDramas; wondering what all that is about? Check out her podcast: Crash Landed on KDramas
01:13:06
April 01, 2021
A Conversation With Jake O'Flaherty
New Zealand Cricket's Ground Announcer Jake O'Flaherty (@jakoboflaherty) pulls over by the side of the road to talk with us about how he got into ground announcing, memories of announcing Dhoni's and Kohli's names in front of a raucous crowd, exciting talents in New Zealand cricket, and what he expects from the inaugural World Test Championship final. We also commiserate over shared heartbreaks from the 2019 World Cup. 
51:48
March 29, 2021
Has Test Match Batting Got Harder Recently?
Why has batting averages in test cricket plummeted in recent times? Is it due to the flattening of conditions brought about by Limited Overs cricket? Has deeper bowling attacks tightened the pressure on batsmen? Or is all of this due to worsening defensive techniques among modern batsmen? Aftab Khanna joins The Cricket Guys to dissect this phenomena and bust some myths. Tune in for some surprising stats. Links: Check all graphs and tables referenced in this episode over here. Follow Aftab Khanna on Twitter Cover art by @RanjithaS
56:23
March 22, 2021
Same Story Different Day - When India Bossed Another Home Series
In this episode, we break down India's dominant home series win against England with a returning James Marsh (@pavilionopinion). We recap the four tests, dissect the talking points from each game, and talk about where the two teams go from here. Tune in for James' rousing optimism about the English test side. Links: Follow James Marsh on Twitter You can find his writing on Substack Bonus: Kartikeya Date's breakdown of the difference between the 2012-13 series and the recent series between the two sides Cover art by @RanjithaS
01:13:49
March 15, 2021
The Fire Burns Blue for Women's Cricket in India
We speak with Karunya Keshav (journalist and co-author of "The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women's Cricket in India") and Ananya Upendran (former cricketer and managing editor of Women's CricZone) about the evolution of women's cricket in India over the last few decades. We talk the beginnings of women's cricket in India, growth of the game at a grassroots level, rising stars to watch out for, the Equal Hue Project, Women's CricZone, and so much more.  Links: Buy the book: "The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women's Cricket in India" | India | United States | The Equal Hue Project Women's CricZone Follow them on Twitter: Karunya Keshav and Ananya Upendran Cover art by @RanjithaS
49:24
March 08, 2021
The Faf Legacy
In a special mid-week episode, we speak with writer Rohit Sankar about South African cricketer Faf du Plessis who recently retired from test cricket. We talk Faf's standout moments in tests, his captaincy tenure, and the larger legacy he leaves behind. Towel-clad Faf defusing a volatile situation will be missed for sure. Bonus: we also talk Ravichandran Ashwin's momentous achievement of 400 test wickets. Links: Follow Rohit on Twitter: @imRohit_SN Check out his Wisden article on Faf: Six times Faf du Plessis was too cool for Test cricket Also, check out CricXtasy (co-founded by Rohit)  Cover art by @RanjithaS
47:07
March 04, 2021
An Indian Perspective on the PSL
The Cricket Guys speak with Clive Azavedo about the Pakistan Super League (PSL). We talk Clive's experience of working for the Islamabad United franchise, the uniqueness of PSL that sets it apart from other leagues, the player drafts, and much more. We also get some exclusive behind-the-scenes tidbits: Always play nice with Saeed Ajmal. Links: Follow Clive on Twitter: @_vanillawallah  You can subscribe to his writings at: When You Win The Toss Cover art by @RanjithaS
01:07:21
February 28, 2021
IPL 2021 Auction - Who Won and Who Lost?
This week, the Cricket Guys speak with Karthikeya Manchala about the recent IPL mini-auction. We talk mini auction dynamics, evolution of team strategies, seam-bowling allrounders, the Pujara buy, and much more. We also discuss Himanish's recent article on Cricinfo, talk about unconventional ways to assess batsmen's consistency across their careers, and see if we can come up with an answer to the question: Who is currently the most consistent batsmen in Test cricket? The answer might surprise you. IPL auction conversation with Karthikeya: (06:53 - 43:29) "Stat Attack" - Who is the most consistent batsman in test cricket? (43:34 - 1:02:52) Links: You can find more of Karthikeya's thoughts on Twitter. Himanish's article: Virat Kohli, Steven Smith or Joe Root - who's the most consistent of them all? (espncricinfo.com) Cluster Profiles — ImgBB (ibb.co) HaloData-Feb.xlsx (dropbox.com) Cover art by @RanjithaS
01:04:11
February 22, 2021
Are India's new cricket stars the true face of modern India?
This week, the Cricket Guys speak with journalist Raghu Kesavan about his recent article on The Wire: "Siraj, Sundar and Natarajan Are the Real Representatives of New India". We talk to him about the Indian identity shift over the last two decades, the desire to claim collective success as our own, and even talk some football (?!). We also have an IPL Trivia contest, and let's just say the results went in favor of a certain Chennai Super Kings fan. Links: You can find Raghu Kesavan on Twitter and read his article below: Siraj, Sundar and Natarajan Are the Real Representatives of New India (thewire.in) Cover art by @RanjithaS
01:10:45
February 15, 2021
Is the Umpire's Call still relevant in DRS?
This week, the Cricket Guys take aim at the umpire's call within the ubiquitous Decision Review System (DRS) and try to understand it's role in the modern game. We explore it's background, the science beyond it's technology, potential improvements, and the ways the system has changed the game, as told through numbers - all while taking potshots at certain sections of broadcast teams. We also take a glance at news that 'almost' passed us by in our brand new 'Meanwhile' segment. As always, brace yourselves for plenty of links and data. Links: Two papers on HawkEye and its interface with the public: Welcome to the Hawk-Eye Page – Harry Collins Are Umpires giving more LBWs now? - Karthik Krishnaswamy http://es.pn/3aMlomT The Numbers of the DRS by Tony Corke (@MatterOfStats) http://bit.ly/2N2Iygv Goeff Allardice on the HawkEye testing in 2016: http://es.pn/3oZpVHI Virtual Eye MD on Umpire’s Call: http://bit.ly/2LzObCE On Umpire's Call - A Cricketing View (substack.com) Cover art by @RanjithaS
01:01:40
February 08, 2021
England in Spin-land
For our series premiere, we take a look at England's track record against playing spin in India and the approach that could bring about improved results for them in the upcoming test series against India. We also hear from English cricket blogger James Marsh about his thoughts on the England squad for the first two tests against India, and we take a look back at some of the more memorable moments in past India vs England encounters. Links: 1. Dravid's letter to Kevin Pietersen 2. James Marsh: Twitter Substack 3. Article on Justin Langer 4. Shubman Gill's father reacts to his son's valiant 91 at the Gabba 5. YouTube links for incidents referred to in Blast from the Past 6. Statistics discussed in the episode Cover art by @RanjithaS
01:28:09
February 01, 2021