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David Shepherd

'I've never given a dishonest decision'

Oct 28, 2009: David Shepherd on Nelson, the village he grew up in, the lowest point in his career, and the impact of TV on umpiring

Interview by David Foot

Ian Bishop

'Fast bowling is an emotive art'

Oct 23, 2009: Ian Bishop on growing up idolising the great West Indian pacemen, the importance of intimidation, and coming back from injury

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Dave Richardson

'Quotas will soon be irrelevant'

Oct 2, 2009: South Africa's first keeper after readmission looks back at the early 90s, and the influences on their cricket, from Wessels to Woolmer to Cronje

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Dennis Amiss

'After you get a hundred you really learn how to bat'

Sep 2, 2009: England's dogged, difficult-to-dismiss 1970s opener reflects on playing fast bowling, the Packer years, and running out Geoff Boycott

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

John Reid

'Cricketers enjoy their game more than other sportsmen'

Aug 28, 2009: The last New Zealand captain before Vettori to also have been a selector talks about his life and times in the game

Sidharth Monga

Bishan Bedi

'I was obsessed with bowling'

Aug 10, 2009: The Rolls-Royce of left-arm spin talks left-arm spin, controversies and friendships

Interview by Ijaz Chaudhry

Khan Mohammad

'Cricket is the most intellectual outdoor sport'

Jul 12, 2009: The late great Pakistan fast bowler reflects on his life and times in this interview conducted a fortnight before his death

Interview by Ijaz Chaudhry

Glenn Turner

'Being a perfectionist was my problem'

Jul 3, 2009: Play straight, talk straight - what you got was what you saw with Turner, one of New Zealand's first professional cricketers

Interview by Sidharth Monga

Curtly Ambrose

'Pride is essential'

Jun 8, 2009: His Highness was fast, he was tall, he was proud, he didn't care for the batsman's well-being

Interview by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Ewen Chatfield

'I never bowled a bouncer'

May 5, 2009: He wasn't quick, he didn't swing it; he was an unsung hero for New Zealand cricket in the age of Hadlee

Interview by Sidharth Monga

Mushtaq Mohammad

'Wes Hall was just another bowler'

Apr 20, 2009: The youngest Test centurion in his time talks about his experiences in cricket

Interview by Ijaz Chaudhry

Raj Singh Dungarpur

'The most thankless job is the most fruitful'

Apr 7, 2009: The former Indian board president talks about the players and teams he knew

Interview by Anand Vasu

Mike Procter

'I never took defeat very well'

Mar 11, 2009: He featured in the only two series where South Africa beat Australia at home. One of the world's great allrounders reflects on his life and times

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Gundappa Viswanath

'Experience is about learning, not just playing'

Feb 13, 2009: One of India's finest batsmen looks back at his career in the game

Interview by Suresh Menon

Len Pascoe

'I liked to see fear in a batsman'

Feb 3, 2009: He rose fast, he fell fast. Len Pascoe talks about the love of his life, fast bowling

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Maninder Singh

'I never realised how good I was'

Jan 9, 2009: One of India's most promising talents looks back at an all-too-brief career

Interview by Sidharth Monga

Dilip Doshi

'Spin bowling is a battle of wits'

Dec 19, 2008: One of India's oldest Test debutants on spin, playing county cricket before turning out for his country, and his best bowling effort

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Graham Thorpe

'I never found the game easy'

Dec 5, 2008: England's most reliable middle-order batsman in recent times talks about how being dependable is a lot more difficult than it looks

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Lance Klusener

'I've been lucky to be able to play like I do'

Nov 21, 2008: Zulu talks about the Cronje years, fishing, finishing, and reinventing yourself

Interview by Sriram Veera

Greg Matthews

'There are no skeletons in my closet'

Oct 20, 2008: Fifteen years after he retired from international cricket, the New South Wales hero and star of the tied Test still has the spark of old

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi
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