Twist in the Tail

Twist in the Tail
A podcast about cricket games and life by Brian, Shourov and Abhik. Each episode, one of us picks an old cricket game and leads a conversation about why it is significant. Somewhere along the line there is a twist, which takes us away from cricket and …

Beyond the Numbers (with Gaj Skandakumar)
Jun 28 • 39 min
Special guest Gaj brings in his list of most memorable cricketers, sparking a discussion about the value of data vs subjective impressions.
Impetuous Youth
Jun 16 • 34 min
Perth 2008 - after the bitter acrimony of the “Monkey-gate” affair, two fired up teams face off on a unusually placid WACA track. Australia bring one of the fastest bowling attacks in history, but a lanky young fast bowler from Delhi turns heads by…
Hero Worship (with Shomik Sengupta)
May 25 • 33 min
Before Kohli and Tendulkar, there was one man who single-handedly carried India’s hopes with the bat. In this week’s family special, Abhik’s brother Shomik comes on to discuss an uncharacteristically swashbuckling innings from the one and only Sunil…
The Saviour
May 5 • 37 min
1984 was a tough one by the high standards of the Australian cricket team. As well as a string of losses home and away against the West Indies, they lost their captain and were on verge of losing their dignity, and perhaps hope for the future. Enter a…
Missed Opportunities (with Andrew Menczel)
Apr 28 • 30 min
This week the boys are joined by Australian podcast royalty. Andrew (Menners) Menczel from the Cricket Unfiltered Podcast reminisces about a formative time of his life, as he travelled around England following the Australian team during the 1999 Cricket…
Dealing with Disappointment
Apr 16 • 36 min
In this episode, Shourov brings another famous game and an iconic image. Edgbaston, August 2005 - England haven’t won the Ashes for 16 years and are one Test down once again. Glenn McGrath misses with a freak injury. Ricky Ponting wins the toss and puts…
Coming Back
Mar 29 • 30 min
This week the boys look back an another time when cricket was interrupted by pandemic. Almost exactly a century ago, a group of English cricketers toured Australia. Amongst them were legendary players like Jack Hobbs and others who had been through the…
The Long Wait (with Bradley Scott)
Mar 2 • 27 min
International cricketer Bradey Scott joins the boys to talk about cricket in NZ, an inside perspective on the game and how success is even sweeter after a long wait.
Love Lost And Found
Feb 23 • 27 min
An obscure game and the debut of the elegant Rohit Sharma rekindles Abhik’s love for cricket, leading to a discussion on other loves lost and found.
Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right
Feb 13 • 23 min
Brians reminds us of the time big Merv Hughes gets into an altercation with Javed Miandad, sparking a discussion about the ethics of retribution, 80s hairstyles and the power of humour.
The Law is An Ass
Feb 2 • 31 min
An infamous confrontation with the umpire leads to musings about choosing between ethics and morality.
The First Time
Jan 19 • 37 min
Heroics in a classic Australia vs New Zealand Test match and reminiscing about our first time watching cricket.
Xmas Special
Dec 18, 2019 • 16 min
The boys recap the year and send out a big thank you to listeners for joining the podcast in its debut year.
Timing and Luck (with Ben Mercuri)
Dec 3, 2019 • 44 min
A one-sided game with contrasting debuts leads to a pondering on the role of timing and luck in this lottery called life.
Trashing Tradition
Nov 24, 2019 • 39 min
Brian Lara’s last World Cup in 2007 sparks memories and a discussion about keeping traditions alive in a world obsessed with change.
Nothing to Lose
Nov 11, 2019 • 27 min
The highest ever ODI 10th wicket partnership proves yet again that we perform extraordinary feats when we have nothing to lose.
First Impressions
Nov 2, 2019 • 24 min
Contrasing debuts in Warne’s first Test match lead to a musing over what makes a memorable first impression.
Whatever it Takes
Oct 23, 2019 • 38 min
An infamous moment in cricket history sparks a discussion about the ethics of winning at all costs.
Oct 7, 2019 • 24 min
Tragedy on the field sparks a discussion about overcoming fear and going alone as the highest form of courage.
Sep 13, 2019 • 36 min
Hazare’s centuries in India’s first tour of Australia lead to a debate on the link between self-discipline and success.
A Tribute
Aug 27, 2019 • 28 min
A special episode in memory of an iconic cricket fan Vamsi Budige, original founder of the Swami Army.
The Underdog
Aug 11, 2019 • 32 min
Reminiscing about Sri Lanka’s famous 1996 World Cup victory leads to a discussion on the morality and psychology of supporting the underdog.
Love Conquers All (with Dean Anderson)
Jul 1, 2019 • 28 min
A famous Test match illustrates how love, whether of cricket or otherwise, can conquer against the odds.
Good Ol’ Days
Jun 24, 2019 • 42 min
Abhik reminisces about an unusual pitch invasion in a benefit match and the boys fondly look back on those things that you just don’t get to do anymore.
Never Give Up
Jun 14, 2019 • 45 min
One of sport’s greatest comebacks sparks a discussion about faith, freedom and the power of never giving up.
The Odd Couple
Jun 5, 2019 • 33 min
Opposites attract both on and off the cricket field as the boys take a trip back to the Ashes in 1990.
High and Dry
May 22, 2019 • 37 min
The boys reminisce about a dazzling partnership and find unconventional analogies between cricket and human reproduction.
Peaking Late
May 13, 2019 • 38 min
Iconic victories and surprising career changes lead into a deeper discussion about peaking late in life.
The Step Up
May 4, 2019 • 46 min
An Aussie icon’s career and untimely death prompt ponderings on the intangible quality that marks those who excel in their field.
The Iconoclast
Apr 16, 2019 • 29 min
The boys reminisce about close encounters with cricket royalty and the decline of the unconventional hero.
An Elegant Obsession
Mar 27, 2019 • 32 min
A domestic one-day game from the late eighties leads to a discussion on the nature of obsession.