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Peter Lever

'If I could do it all again, I'd gamble more'

Nov 15, 2013: Peter Lever talks about facing Thommo, nearly killing Chatfield, and the time he refused to bowl upwind

Interview by Scott Oliver

Haroon Rasheed

'I can take credit for the discovery of Afridi'

Nov 1, 2013: Former Pakistan batsman Haroon Rasheed talks about taking on the might of Australia and West Indies, discovering a teenage sensation, and surviving an attack by a gunman

Interview by Ijaz Chaudhry

Syed Kirmani

'I excelled without knowing what wicketkeeping was all about'

Sep 30, 2013: Syed Kirmani on being a self-taught wicketkeeper, 1983, and his peers

Interview by Vishal Dikshit

Peter Pollock

'Successful sportsmen are wired to think they can do the job'

Sep 5, 2013: Peter Pollock talks about playing on the back lawn with his brother, South Africa's isolation from international sport, and a sweet victory at Trent Bridge

Interview by Sidharth Monga

Intikhab Alam

'To become a good wristspinner, you need patience and practice'

Aug 16, 2013: Former Pakistan leggie Intikhab Alam, who coached the national team to victory in the 1992 World Cup, looks back at the highs and lows of his career

Interview by Ijaz Chaudhry

Ray Price

'You've got to pick yourself up and get on with it'

Aug 3, 2013: Ray Price on sitting between Tendulkar and Symonds at the IPL, Hayden's 380, and Zimbabwe's 1999 World Cup team

Interview by Liam Brickhill

Derek Randall

'You've got to entertain the crowd'

Jul 23, 2013: Derek Randall talks about the Centenary Test, playing with Garry Sobers, and his love for Nottinghamshire

Interview by Scott Oliver

Brian Booth

'I was fortunate to be able to play two sports'

Jul 1, 2013: Brian Booth talks about playing cricket and hockey at the top level, facing Charlie Griffith, and the time Richie Benaud bowled Peter May around his legs

Interview by Ken Piesse

Habibul Bashar

'Playing for Bangladesh is the best thing that happened to me'

Jun 17, 2013: Habibul Bashar was in the side (though he nearly wasn't) when Bangladesh played their first Test, and for many of the other high and low points in their cricket history

Interview by Mohammad Isam

Bev Congdon

'I knew you weren't going to be popular all the time with all the players'

May 29, 2013: Bev Congdon chats about a knock in the face from John Snow, cricket's unreasonable demands from modern players, and captaining New Zealand

Interview by Andrew McGlashan

Frank Tyson

'I wanted to stop batsmen from getting on to the front foot'

May 16, 2013: The Typhoon remembers being at his fastest, chopping willow trees to get strong, and the mateship of the 1954-55 English side

Interview by Ken Piesse

Jack Potter

'I'd cancel everything to watch Clarke make a century'

Apr 25, 2013: Victoria batsman Jack Potter looks back at Shield cricket in the '60s, the young Shane Warne, and his experiences on the fringes of the Test side

Interview by Ken Piesse

Chandu Borde

'In cricket you always get a second chance'

Apr 3, 2013: Chandu Borde played Gilchrist and Griffith without a helmet and padding and has lived to tell the tale

Interview by Siddhartha Talya

Rick McCosker

'If you didn't hook, you either got hit or got out'

Mar 20, 2013: Rick McCosker broke his jaw in the Centenary Test, played in WSC, captained NSW, and lost the 1977 Ashes for Australia

Interview by Sidharth Monga

Shane Bond

'I never wanted to let the batsman think I'd eased off'

Feb 27, 2013: Shane Bond never took his foot off the pedal, and didn't ever want to. He looks back at life in the fast lane

Inrerview by Andrew Fidel Fernando

'I left cricket far too early'

Jan 23, 2013: Ian Davis, one of the casualties of the freeze after World Series Cricket, looks back at the troubled late '70s, the advent of protective gear, and Packer

Ken Piesse

Asanka Gurusinha

'I had the confidence that I could clear any ground'

Jan 6, 2013: He may not have played T20, but Asanka Gurusinha would have fit right in if he had

Interview by Andrew Fernando

'Headingley gave me my identity'

Dec 7, 2012: Sanjay Bangar was part of India's famous win in England in 2002. He looks back at that innings and talks about being a senior statesman in the Railways side

Interview by Siddhartha Talya and Abhishek Purohit

Waqar Hasan

'Pakistan's first tour of India was my most memorable'

Nov 11, 2012: Waqar Hasan, who loved to bat in a crisis, remembers his many milestones while playing for Pakistan during their early days of Test cricket

Interview by Ijaz Chaudhry

Chris Harris

'I would have loved to have played international T20'

Oct 11, 2012: With his slow medium-pace bowling and exceptional fielding, the former New Zealand allrounder reckons he could have done well in the shortest format

Interview by George Binoy
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