Couch Talk


'Six well-constructed bad balls could be the way forward in T20 cricket'
'Six well-constructed bad balls could be the way forward in T20 cricket'

Offspinner R Ashwin believes that cricket's shortest format is a different sport altogether

'The current generation's batting preparation is as intense as Sachin's and Rahul's'
'The current generation's batting preparation is as intense as Sachin's and Rahul's'

Sanjay Bangar, India's batting coach till recently, talks about plans in Tests and limited-overs, and how he approaches players with technical issues

'I press players to play their own way'
'I press players to play their own way'

Michael Hussey talks about his coaching philosophy, the dynamics of T20 batting, and why he didn't let Mick Jagger into the Australian dressing room

'The mankading incident was in the spur of the moment'
'The mankading incident was in the spur of the moment'

West Indies Under-19 coach Graeme West talks about how his team overcame the controversy and won the World Cup

'PSL will reach its true potential when it comes to Pakistan'
'PSL will reach its true potential when it comes to Pakistan'

Shoaib Naveed, PSL's project manager, talks about how the league overcame a lot of scepticism to emerge as a successful brand after its first season

'I was as much an iron man as I was a cricketer'
'I was as much an iron man as I was a cricketer'

Matthew Hayden talks about visualisation, batting with Justin Langer, and playing spin bowling

'Winning the World Cup is going to make a lot of difference to Indian women cricketers'
'Winning the World Cup is going to make a lot of difference to Indian women cricketers'

India allrounder Shikha Pandey talks about the potential impact of a World T20 win at home, and the satisfaction of playing Tests

'Before a game started, my job was to look for bombs'
'Before a game started, my job was to look for bombs'

An Afghan and an Australian talk about moving to United States and rediscovering their love for cricket there

'It's soul-destroying that Hong Kong doesn't get due recognition'
'It's soul-destroying that Hong Kong doesn't get due recognition'

The cricket board's CEO, Tim Cutler, talks about the challenges involved in spreading the game, and the fight to stay relevant on the global stage

'You try to construct an over before you think of how to get a batsman out'
'You try to construct an over before you think of how to get a batsman out'

Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond talks about making plans as a bowling coach, and how to counter batsmen like AB de Villiers

'Realising my England career was over was the beginning for me'
'Realising my England career was over was the beginning for me'

Former Sussex and Surrey captain Chris Adams on his brief Test career, and discovering his leadership skills in the county game

'My ODI length influenced my Test bowling negatively'
'My ODI length influenced my Test bowling negatively'

Former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath on the impact technology had on the latter part of his career, Ishant Sharma's development, and the 2003 World Cup

'I felt like I had a few credits in the bank, but apparently I'd run out'
'I felt like I had a few credits in the bank, but apparently I'd run out'

If given a second chance, Australian opener Ed Cowan is certain he'll do better. He talks about his move to NSW, and working on his technique

'As a coach you cannot ignore the experience the players bring'
'As a coach you cannot ignore the experience the players bring'

Tom Moody talks about his experiences coaching various teams, winning two World Cups, and his role at the CPL

'You play at your best when your instincts are at 100%'
'You play at your best when your instincts are at 100%'

Former England captain David Gower talks about the mental side of batting, dealing with critics who questioned his commitment, and handling Ian Botham

'Not playing Test cricket isn't a tragedy, losing a son is'
'Not playing Test cricket isn't a tragedy, losing a son is'

Legendary South African batsman Barry Richards puts his shortened Test career in perspective, and talks about facing Bedi and batting with Pollock and Viv

'The definition of being positive has changed'
'The definition of being positive has changed'

Former England captain Mike Gatting on changes in attacking cricket, the long wait for his first Test hundred, captaining England to an Ashes win, and the 1987 World Cup

'I always wanted to bowl the last over of an ODI'
'I always wanted to bowl the last over of an ODI'

Former Australia fast bowler Damien Fleming on bowling in thrilling World Cup semi-finals, mastering the subcontinent, and taking on Tendulkar

'Being involved in '05 defined my career'
'Being involved in '05 defined my career'

Former England fast bowler Simon Jones talks about his short-lived Test career, battling injuries, and the captains and coaches he has played under

'Most West Indies fast bowlers are afraid of hard work'
'Most West Indies fast bowlers are afraid of hard work'

Andy Roberts talks about flawed coaching methods, the problems with the domestic game in the Caribbean, and mentoring St Lucia Zouks