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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ultras review the 2nd Test of the engrossing India v England series, as the action shifts to the pink ball test at Motera. And there's plenty more on the latest episode, including a lament for Moeen Ali, an appreciation of Rishab Pant's poetry, a eulogy for Faf's Test career and updates from a wild IPL auction.
The Ultras break down the biggest story rocking the cricket world — Toastiegate — before turning their attention to the rather more mundane matter of England's sixth consecutive Test win in Asia, this time stunning India in the first Test at Chennai. There's a preview of the various selection quandaries for the second Test in front of a #KnowledgeableChennaiCrowd, plus reviews of more excellent Test cricket in South Africa and Bangladesh. But, back to the big question, is Justin Langer too intense for his toastie-loving troops?
India's improbable fairytale is thoroughly examined by the Cricket Ultras pod, including the fearless performance by its emerging stars, the tactical acumen of the team's brains trust, Australia's increasingly average returns and the impressive social media performance by the Ashwins.
There's a lot of cricket to discuss in the latest Ultras episode, including the engrossing Australia v India series, and New Zealand's march to the top of the Test rankings. Also under the scanner are South Africa's progress versus Sri Lanka, England's upcoming tour, along with digressions into bubble fatigue, knighthoods and mental torture.
The final episode of a crazy year sees the Cricket Ultras preview Australia v India, review England's hasty exit from South Africa, ponder the meaning of clinically fit, explore the history of giant cricketers, review Parthiv Patel's career, discuss Yorkshire's ongoing racism row and, of course, cast an eye at Mushfiqur's meltdown.
International cricket is back with a bang, and the Ultras are here to make sense of it all. Starting with the most dramatic election on the planet...for the role of ICC chair. Other key issues under the scanner are India's never-ending injury intrigue, the end of cricket teas, whether cricket can be fun, and BBL's zany new rules. Enjoy everyone!