English Sports Podcast
If you ask an Indian or Pakistani cricket fan about matches in Sharjah, several remarkable memories will find their way to the table. In this episode, ahead of the IPL's first game in Sharjah, we go back all the way to see where this mythical venue's cricketing spark comes from and spoke to one of the architects of its legacy - former Pakistan skipper and referee Asif Iqbal. For our Sportstar Extras IPL special episode on Sharjah ft Madan Lal and Mudassar Nazar, click here. Follow all the latest developments from IPL 2020 underway in the United Arab Emirates here.
After being postponed, having its title sponsor replayed and its venue being changed (all of this pandemic related), the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin in the United Arab Emirates today. The tournament, like most others, will be taking place under a bio-bubble for the safety of the player. In this episode, Gaurav Bhatt is joined by Nihal Koshie to discuss why this season will come with additional pressures for the player and whether the organizers will manage to pull this off without anyone getting infected.
Reaction from Old Trafford where England's men played their last match of the summer, as Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell both hit centuries for Australia to clinch a thrilling 2-1 series victory in the final one day international. We hear from both batsman on their record-breaking 212-run partnership as well as England captain Eoin Morgan, who reviews his side's performances with the white ball. The TMS team also discuss their champagne moments from an unprecedented summer of cricket that never looked like happening after the coronavirus outbreak. Picture: Glenn Maxwell of Australia embraces Alex Carey of Australia after reaching his century during the 3rd Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
It's almost time for the Indian Premier League to kick off. From the bio-bubble and conditions in the UAE to what's at stake in this surreal edition of the tournament, Shayan Acharya and Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya preview the 2020 edition. For our IPL special edition of the magazine, click here: https://sportstar.thehindu.com/magazine/ebook/ #IPL2020 | #COVID19 | #Cricket
Jonathan Agnew is joined by former England captain Michael Vaughan to react to an astonishing 24-run win for Eoin Morgan's side in the second one day international, which sets up a series decider with Australia on Wednesday. We hear from both captains Aaron Finch and Morgan as well as bowler Chris Woakes to get their thoughts on a thrilling encounter. WIth the last England international of the summer approaching on Wednesday, Aggers is joined by Lancashire Chief Executive Daniel Gidney and Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove to discuss how this summer's matches were organised in regards to the bio-secure bubbles at both Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl. Picture: Adil Rashid of England celebrates the wicket of Alex Carey of Australia and victory in the 2nd Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 13, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB)
Last week, as India-China tensions flared up along the LAC in eastern Ladakh, the Indian government banned 118 apps with Chinese links, citing concerns over threats to India’s safety and sovereignty. This included India’s most popular video game PUBG Mobile, whose publisher Tencent is a Chinese conglomerate. In this episode, hosts Mihir Vasavda and Gaurav Bhatt, along with producer Shashank Bhargava, talk about this decision’s impact on India’s esports community, what it takes to make it big in the field, the difference between esports and traditional ones, the announcement of the new Indian game FAU-G, and more.
James Anderson and Jonathan Agnew react to England's 19-run defeat by Australia in the ODI series opener. We hear from captains Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch as well as Sam Billings who scored a maiden international century. Then Aggers is joined by David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd to talk about his new book covering his career in the game as a player, umpire, coach and commentator. We discuss the star-studded Lancashire side he captained, recount tales of Bob Willis and Geoffrey Boycott, and get his take on the modern game including where he ranks Ben Stokes among the sport’s greats.
Australia won the third T20 by 5 wickets, but England take the series 2/1. We hear from stand-in England captain Moeen Ali and Australia skipper Aaron Finch. Plus the thoughts of Phil Tufnell, Adam Collins, Simon Mann and TMS stats guru Andy Zaltzman. And England’s batting star of the series Jos Buttler talks Alison Mitchell through his T20 mindset in a special feature.
The annual National Sports Awards ceremony was held last week and a record number of sports personalities were awarded during it – a total of 74, including five Khel Ratnas and 27 Arjuna awardees. This is in sharp contrast with how many medals India has won in the last two years. In this episode, Mihir Vasavda is joined by Nihal Koshie to talk about why such a ridiculously long list of awardees is a problem, how it devalues the entire point of awards, and the shortcomings of the selection committee.
England won the opening T20 in Southampton by 2 runs after a thrilling opening match of the T20 series against Australia in Southampton. Adam Collins, Isa Guha, Simon Mann and Ebony Rainford Brent review the action, Andy Zaltzman casts a statistical eye over events and we get reaction from Tom Curran, Eoin Morgan and David Warner.
Pakistan squared the T20 series against England with an exciting 5 run win in the 3rd T20 at Emirates Old Trafford. Daniel Norcross is joined by James Anderson, Aatif Nawaz and England World Cup winner Alex Hartley to review the game plus we hear from Moeen Ali, Mohammad Hafeez and Eoin Morgan.
England's record wicket-taker James Anderson joins Mark Chapman, Michael Vaughan and Steven Finn to discuss all things fast-bowling. Jimmy provides an insight into how he developed his arsenal of bowling deliveries, how he enjoys the pain of fast bowling and his feelings about taking his 600th Test wicket. The team also look at England's T20 win over Pakistan and look at Joe Root's chances of making the T20 side.
The US open seems to be all set to start from 31st August (Monday). The fact that it is happening in the country that has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, and whose current administration’s handling of the pandemic is severely under question, has not escaped anyone. So in this episode, Gaurav and Mihir ask - is it too risky to have it this soon? Is it selfish? It is really possible to have the tournament without spreading the virus further? And what precautions can be taken so that it doesn’t turn into Djokovic’s Adria Tournament? Listen as they try to answer these questions and reveal why they are skeptical.
Just three days after becoming the first ever fast bowler to get 600 Test wickets, Jimmy Anderson joins the Test Match Special team on a rain-delayed first T20 international between England and Pakistan. Jimmy reveals how he celebrated his 600th Test wicket, why he can’t wait to bowl to Virat Kohli again, whether he’s likely to play in the Ashes next year, and how much he enjoys batting.
A momentous day for James Anderson as he becomes the first seamer to reach 600 Test wickets. Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl as the TMS team, including Michael Vaughan, Daniel Norcross and Andy Zaltzman, pays tribute. We hear from Anderson himself on his achievement and there’s further insight from his partner-in-crime Stuart Broad about Anderson’s ability, when he first became aware of him and their friendship. There are also reflections on England's series win over Pakistan including interviews with Joe Root, Azhar Ali and Jos Buttler. Lastly, one year on from England’s incredible 3rd Test win against Australia at Headingley, Jack Leach joins us to discuss all the memorable moments: his near-run-out, his vital single and the moment Ben Stokes won the match.
With Jimmy Anderson poised to reach the 600 Test wickets milestone, Mark Chapman, Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell assess just how England’s leading wicket-taker is keeping himself at the top level. Outgoing chairman Colin Graves looks back on his time in charge of the ECB, discussing the Hundred, the state of the County game, and whether he might go for the vacant ICC chairman’s position. And we hear from Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie, who has announced he’ll depart for a job in Australia at the end of the season.
Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl, where there was more frustration for everyone as rain and bad light meant a truncated fourth day between England and Pakistan in the 3rd Test. Following-on, the tourists reached 100-2, still 210 behind, but with the opportunity to save the match if they can bat out the final day. James Anderson took one of those dismissals to move to 599 Test wickets. However, with the forecast looking poor once again, could the rain thwart his bid for 600? Aggers and Mark Ramprakash discuss how important it might be for Anderson to reach that milestone tomorrow and we hear from England head coach Chris Silverwood. Lastly, a panel including Michael Vaughan and Ebony Rainford-Brent debate who has been England's player of the summer.
Jonathan Agnew presents a review of the third day of the 3rd test between England and Pakistan. Joe Root's side forced the follow on in Southampton after bowling out Pakistan for 273, despite the efforts of visiting captain Azhar Ali who scored an unbeaten 141. England could have dismissed the tourists earlier had they not dropped three catches in the space of 10 James Anderson deliveries. Anderson ultimately finished with figures of 5-56 and is now just two shy of 600 Test wickets. Aggers is joined by Michael Vaughan and Azhar Mahmood to discuss the action, while Dan Norcross speaks to Ali and the England spinner Dom Bess. On the anniversary of Brian Johnston's final TMS broadcast, we look at the connection between Brian, his former colleague and fellow TMS legend John Arlott, and the south coast.
Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl as England strengthened their grip against Pakistan on day two of the 3rd and final Test. Zak Crawley's brilliant 267 and 152 from Jos Buttler helped England to a huge score of 583-8. Following their declaration, James Anderson struck three times to leave the tourists on 24-3. Former England captain Michael Vaughan gives his verdict on the day's play and we hear from Crawley and Buttler. Elsewhere, we find out why a Spitfire flew over the ground and Pakistan opener Shan Masood tells Aatif Nawaz about some of his team-mates and learning to speak like Geoff Boycott.
Last week the former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, through an Instagram post, announced his retirement. In this episode, Gaurav is joined by Indian Express’ National Sports Editor, Sandeep Dwivedi to take a look back at his 16-year-long storied career. They discuss what made him one of the greatest India has ever seen, what made him stand out from so many others, his influence on young cricketers, his calmness on the field, the legacy he leaves behind and much more.
Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl where Zak Crawley's brilliant maiden century has put England in command of the 3rd and final Test against Pakistan. His 171 not out, and unbroken partnership of 205 with Jos Buttler, guided England from 127-4 to 332-4 at the close. Aggers is joined by Michael Vaughan and Azhar Mahmood to review the day, while Crawley tells Daniel Norcross how it feels to get his first century and why his dad will be the first person he calls. The outgoing ECB chairman Colin Graves explains how vital it's been for English cricket to have these series against Pakistan and West Indies and how he would improve the structure of county cricket, and Simon Hughes and the Rajasthan Royals owner Manoj Badale discuss their new book in which they outline how cricket can change post-COVID.
Mark Chapman is joined by Phil Tufnell and Marcus Trescothick to look back on a weather-hit second Test between England and Pakistan. The team look at solutions for bad light, which caused controversy during the drawn Test. We hear from Hampshire CCC chairman Rod Bransgrove, who gives his perspective, and discusses why putting a roof on the Ageas Bowl proved not to be viable. And after M.S. Dhoni’s retirement, the team look at why the former India captain is considered one of the all-time greats.
Simon Mann presents from the Ageas Bowl where the 2nd Test between England and Pakistan finished in a draw. There was more rain but we finally got some play in the afternoon. England reached 110-4 in reply to Pakistan's 236 before the teams agreed to end proceedings. The result means Joe Root's side still lead 1-0 in the series. Michael Vaughan, Azhar Mahmood and Aatif Nawaz dissect what little cricket we saw across the five days and debate how the two sides will approach the final Test which starts later this week. Jonathan Agnew gets reaction from Root and Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali about the match and how the sport can get round the bad light issues that affected this Test, while Andy Zaltzman provides some statistical analysis including how England's declaration score compares with other low totals seen in previous matches.
Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl where there was play for 60 minutes and then the rain fell. Play was abandoned with England on 7-1 after having finally bowled Pakistan out for 236. Aggers is joined by Michael Vaughan to discuss the little cricket they saw, while Simon Mann chats with England batting consultant Jonathan Trott about his involvement with the team. Following MS Dhoni's international retirement yesterday, Simon, Mark Ramprakash, Isa Guha, Andy Zaltzman and Prakash Wakankar discuss the man, his playing career and his significance to people in India.
No play at The Ageas Bowl as bad weather wiped out the third day of the 2nd Test between England and Pakistan. Bad light, rain and a wet outfield prevented Pakistan resuming on their overnight 223-9. Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan reflect on what might have been and a surreal day in Southampton which involved squash, playing the banjo and someone singing ‘Sweet Caroline’. They discuss the retirement from cricket of MS Dhoni, with Michael explaining why he’s the best one-day captain he’s seen. Lastly, we take advantage of the lack of play to sit down with Mark Ramprakash to reflect on his career: who was his most awkward opponent, how could he join Surrey from Middlesex and which of the current England side could emulate his success on Strictly?
Earlier this week, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said that six India players had tested positive for Covid-19 upon reaching the training camp of the men’s hockey team in Bengaluru. Later, SAI also announced that training camp for archery will resume from this month. In this episode, Gaurav and Mihir, discuss whether or not India should hold off on starting training camps, how contracting the virus can affect the athlete’s performances, and how quarantining itself can cost them.
Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl on a frustrating day two for England in the 2nd Test against Pakistan. Rain and bad light meant only 40.2 overs were possible as the tourists reached 223-9 with Mohammad Rizwan unbeaten on 60. Michael Vaughan and Azhar Mahmood join Aggers to discuss whether England got their tactics wrong and, looking ahead, if Pakistan's bowling attack could swing the match in their favour. There's reaction from Stuart Broad and we hear from Warwickshire Chief Executive Stuart Cain about plans to have some fans at the T20 Blast Finals Day. There's also a classic View from the Boundary with Waheed Khan, who survived being shot six times in the head during a terrorist attack in Pakistan when he was just 12 years old.
Jonathan Agnew presents from the Ageas Bowl where England's bowlers performed well on a rain-affected first day of the second Test against Pakistan.The tourists were 126-5 - James Anderson with two of those wickets to edge him that bit closer to the 600 mark - before rain and then bad light brought an early end to proceedings. Aggers is joined by Mark Ramprakash and Aatif Nawaz to chew over the day's play while there's reaction from Sam Curran. Elsewhere, Aatif, Azhar Mahmood and Simon Mann discuss Shoaib Akhtar's career on his 45th birthday, whether he deserved his bad boy reputation and his recent role as a game show host. There's also an interview with Dr Samara Afzal, one of the frontline NHS staff to be honoured during the West Indies series, with her name appearing on the shirt of Chris Woakes.
Steve Crossman is joined by Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan to look back on England’s first International Test win against Pakistan, and analyse the upcoming second Test in Southampton. What has Joe Root learned? How much will England miss Ben Stokes after he was ruled out of the rest of the series? And is the 600 wicket milestone playing on James Anderson’s mind and affecting his cricket? We catch up with former England assistant coach Paul Farbrace, who gives us an insight into Jos Butler’s batting and wicket keeping. Plus, ahead of the return of the women’s domestic game, Alex Hartley reveals how it feels to be back playing, after almost an entire year out.
Isa Guha and Aatif Nawaz spend a lively half hour with the first man to break the 100 miles per hour barrier Shoaib Akhtar. Shoaib enjoyed a colourful 14 year international career with Pakistan and has since become an outspoken media performer. He discusses that famous fastest ball at the 2003 World Cup, shares memories of famous battles with Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Flintoff and he reveals how he thinks he’d be able to dismiss Virat Kohli these days.
Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England produced an incredible comeback to snatch victory from Pakistan. Chasing 277, England looked all but beaten at 117-5, but pushed on by a Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler partnership of 139, they claimed a thrilling win by 3 wickets. Michael Vaughan, Azhar Mahmood, Mark Ramprakash and Simon Mann look at where it was won and lost. Aggers speaks to the respective captains Joe Root and Azhar Ali, as well as England heroes Buttler and Woakes, while TMS statistician Andy Zaltzman gives a historical perspective to England's win.
Amidst India-China border tensions, Vivo, the Chinese smartphone maker, is all set to pull out of IPL as its title sponsor; at least for the 2020 edition starting next month in the UAE. In this episode, Gaurav and Mihir discuss the controversy, how this will affect the T20 tournament, how the Chinese boycott affects the Indian sports industry, Women’s T20 controversy, PubG and more. Additional links: - Gaurav's PUBG piece (https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/sporting-game-faces-pubg-india-naman-abhijeet-tanmay-6144717/) - Shivani Naik's piece on Women's T20 challenge (https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/women-ipl-challenge-wbbl-steffi-graf-moment-6537485/)
Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England have fought back to give themselves a glimmer of hope of winning the 1st Test against Pakistan. The home side took four wickets for 27 runs late on, including two for Ben Stokes, to leave the tourists on 137-8 - a lead of 244. Earlier Joe Root's side, who were 92-4 overnight, had managed to reach 219 in their first innings. Aggers is joined by Michael Vaughan, Azhar Mahmood and Vic Marks to review the day, while Henry Moeran interviews England batsman Ollie Pope. We also hear from film-maker and historian Anwar Akhtar about the importance of cricket in the British-Pakistani community and there's an interview with 83-year-old Old Trafford steward Stan Pritchard about his rapport with West Indies captain Jason Holder.
Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where Pakistan are firmly in control of the 1st Test against England. After the tourists were all out for 326, with Shan Masood scoring a superb 156, their bowlers seized the moment to leave England on 92-4 at the close. Aggers, Michael Vaughan and Azhar Mahmood look back on the day while Henry Moeran interviews Masood and England bowler Jofra Archer, who discusses England's display and how he felt to miss the 2nd Test against West Indies when he broke the bio-secure protocols. There's also an interview with PCB chairman Ehsan Mani on why he thinks England should tour in Pakistan once again and whether we could see a Test match against neighbours India soon.
Jonathan Agnew presents from Old Trafford where England endured a frustrating first day in the 1st Test against Pakistan. Rain interruptions and some excellent batting from Babar Azam allowed the tourists to finish the day on 139-2. Azhar Mahmood tells Aggers why he thinks it's been a good day for Pakistan while Michael Vaughan asks whether Azam could have a similar impact on this series as Steve Smith did in the 2019 Ashes. Dan Norcross gets reaction from England head coach Chris Silverwood and Pakistan opener Shan Masood and, with a new biography about the late Bob Willis being released this week, Aggers speaks to his widow Lauren and brother David about Headingley 81, Bob's style of punditry and his love of Bob Dylan.
Tuffers & Vaughan: Collingwood and Trescothick on coaching, England against Pakistan, and facing Wasim and Waqar
Phil and Michael are joined by Paul Collingwood and Marcus Trescothick to discuss England’s ODI series victory over Ireland, their experience of coaching the side, and how England can still improve in the 50-over having won the World Cup last year. We get the inside track on Pakistan with the PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan ahead of the start of the Test series. PLUS we get Michael and Phil’s memories of facing some of Pakistan’s legendary quicks Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
After speculations about it being postponed to next year, like other a major sporting events, the world's richest T20 cricket tournament is now scheduled to take place amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to government approvals will take place in UAE between September 19 to November 8. In this episode Gaurav and Mihir talk about why the BCCI could not afford to postpone it, why UAE has been picked as the destination, and what its logistics would look like. Additional link - Shamik's IPL piece (https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-how-uae-saved-bcci-millions-of-dollars-6525623/)