The Cricket Ultras Podcast
Ep 81: Thorpegate, Ashes, stump mics, skinful tests & much more

Ep 81: Thorpegate, Ashes, stump mics, skinful tests & much more

January 26, 2022

The Ultras review England's Ashes debacle and ponder how India managed to win a match in South Africa. There's also plenty more, including Graham Thorpe's commitment to multimedia content, BCCI politics, and the latest goings on in Yorkshire, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. 

Ep. 80: Azeem Rafiq, House of Paine, happy endings, pennies dropped & more

Ep. 80: Azeem Rafiq, House of Paine, happy endings, pennies dropped & more

November 26, 2021

Cricket hits the front pages again and the Ultras are here to break it all down, from the Yorkshire racism scandal, to Tim Paine's woeful texts, Australia's T20 success and the next phase of the Shastri era. 

Ep. 79: Hedonistic adaptation, Bollywood villains, Nobel Prizes, peak cricket & more

Ep. 79: Hedonistic adaptation, Bollywood villains, Nobel Prizes, peak cricket & more

October 31, 2021

The Ultras are back to explore exactly what peak cricket feels like, amid a relentless viewing schedule of Test matches, IPL, T20 qualifiers and a World Cup. There's an in-depth review of T20 World Cup prospects, along with a look at the QDK controversy, India's coaching & captaincy change, and Matthew Hayden's inspiring impact on the Pakistan batting lineup. 

Ep. 78: Backyard blues, Superman, Olympics buffet, Yorkshire & more

Ep. 78: Backyard blues, Superman, Olympics buffet, Yorkshire & more

August 21, 2021

The Ultras are back to review the dramatic second Test between England and India, and discuss whether 'Kohlism' is a sustainable policy. They also mull over the prospects for chilled out entertainer Justin Langer, as he faces more pressure in the wake of Australia's awful form. All that plus reviews of the Hundred, Yorkshire's discouraging racism row and whether cricket can thrive at the Olympics. 

Ep 77: NZ on top, Eng disarray, ECB strife, Heath Streak & more

Ep 77: NZ on top, Eng disarray, ECB strife, Heath Streak & more

July 4, 2021

The Ultras pay tribute to the New Zealand cricket team after a superb WTC final win over a disappointing India. They also review England's discouraging Test performances & the women's series between England & India. Also under the spotlight are Ollie Robinson's tweets, Heath Streak's ban & Shastri at Wimbledon. 

Ep. 76: Test Match Special’s Daniel Norcross

Ep. 76: Test Match Special’s Daniel Norcross

May 28, 2021

Daniel Norcross of Test Match Special and Test Match Sofa fame joins the Cricket Ultras podcast to discuss his career in commentary, prospects for the summer ahead, and the changing nature of cricket broadcasting. Norcross also opens up about his early days as a pub quiz machine hustler, his favourite stump mic moments and his WTC final prediction. 

Ep. 75: IPL preview, fake fielding, bail bonus & much more

Ep. 75: IPL preview, fake fielding, bail bonus & much more

April 8, 2021

The IPL is back & the Ultras break down prospects for each of the eight franchises. There's also DRS & DLS drama, a fake fielding flap, and reviews involving series in India, South Africa, West Indies and Australia.

Ep. 74: Prakash Wakankar

Ep. 74: Prakash Wakankar

March 23, 2021

Prakash Wakankar is not only an experienced businessman but also a well-known cricket commentator who has graced the airwaves for the BBC's Test Match Special, ABC and All India Radio, among others. He joins the Cricket Ultras for a wide-ranging conversation that includes his days playing state cricket with Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar, his thoughts on the changing nature of cricket commentary and the media environment, and his observations on the rise of the BCCI. 

Ep. 73: Failed souffles, omelettes, 2-day Tests, The Hundred & more

Ep. 73: Failed souffles, omelettes, 2-day Tests, The Hundred & more

March 18, 2021

With Easter in sight, the latest Cricket Ultras episode involves not just one, but two instances of egg-based 'humour', including Sachin Tendulkar's latest dreadful dad joke. There are also reviews of India's Test series victory over England, the ongoing T20 series, along with other contests involving New Zealand, Australia, West Indies and Sri Lanka. The Ultras also try to explain The Hundred, send off Martin Johnson and Joey Benjamin, and explore Ravi Shastri's viral banter renaissance. 

Ep. 72: Sir Martin Sorrell

Ep. 72: Sir Martin Sorrell

March 5, 2021

It's a special Ultras episode as Sir Martin Sorrell joins the podcast to discuss his cricketing life. Best-known as the executive chairman of S4 Capital and former leader of WPP, Sorrell's love of cricket and his history as an amateur player means plenty of stories featuring the likes of Boycott, Imran, Warne and Brearley, along with his views on cricketing innovation and why The Hundred cannot be saved by marketing. 

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