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The friendliest transcontinental cricket podcast. Join us, a group of Indian fans located in various parts of the globe as we talk through the goings on in cricket through stories, anecdotes and stats. Liberally smattered with attempts at humour, puns, and banter, Bits and Pieces is ideally coupled with a cold beverage and a pinch of salt on the rim. If cricket be your food of love, play on. read less
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Ep 117: Prodigal son returns after a year and nothing has changed
01-04-2024
Ep 117: Prodigal son returns after a year and nothing has changed
Kaustubh Kumar returns to the pod after nearly a year and says "nothing has changed". The same folk are doubing down on the same views on most things. The episode, which is hosted by doubler-PDP features other regular "downers" VaMu, Sadagopan Murali and MohanK. They talk about the IPL, Kohli's "mediocrity", the Nagin Derby and captaincy problems that have spilled over from the IPL to Pakistan cricket! Tune in... Catch us on social media: 1. PDP: https://twitter.com/prashantdptweet 2. VaMu: https://twitter.com/varunmurali43 3. Kaus: sorry, not on twitter 4. MohanK: https://twitter.com/mohank 5. Murali: https://twitter.com/muralisatagopun 7. Bits and Pieces: https://twitter.com/bnp_cricket SHOW NOTES: 1. KL Rahul impact subbed out: https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/ipl-2024-lsg-expose-ipl-playing-conditions-loophole-with-tricky-kl-rahul-naveen-ul-haq-impact-player-sub-in-pbks-match-101711868790461.html 2. Karthik Krishnaswamy on Mayank Yadav, the latest fast bowling IPL sensation... err... of this season: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/lsg-vs-pbks-can-we-have-more-of-mayank-yadav-the-exceptionally-quick-seamer-please-1427144 3. Did Pathirana do pranam/namaskaram to Thala Dhoni before bowling? https://www.news18.com/viral/did-pathirana-take-ms-dhonis-blessings-during-ipl-match-cricket-fans-video-is-viral-8830901.html 4. Bangladesh review, the worst ever? Not quite: https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/worst-review-ever-bangladesh-turn-repeat-offenders-as-dreadful-drs-vs-sl-brings-memory-of-bizarre-virat-kohli-incident-101711795088671.html 5. How funny is this dropped catch by Bangladesh in the slips, where two of three fielders involved are wearing a helmet: https://www.theroar.com.au/cricket/video/watch-pure-comedy-as-three-bangladesh-slip-fielders-drop-the-same-catch-in-relay-chaos-1341820/ 6. More than half the Bangladesh team chase this ball to the boundary: https://wisden.com/bangladesh-v-sri-lanka-2024/watch-entire-bangladesh-slip-cordon-chases-ball-to-boundary-in-sri-lanka-test
Ep 115: Ee Sala Cup Namdu!
18-03-2024
Ep 115: Ee Sala Cup Namdu!
After 16 years, Royal Challengers Bangalore are champions. We lived to witness this fine day. Whodathunk! Nitin, Max, VaMu and Brother T assemble soon after RCB's victory, to review a memorable second installment of the Women's Premier League. And with one week to go for the IPL, we wonder if the RCB boys will follow suit. Also in this episode - Rachana Ramchand, who recently completed a two-week stint coaching rural school children in Nepal as part of the Cricket Without Boundaries initiative, narrates her heart-warming reflections via several stories of joy and hope. Show notes: 1. Cricket Without Boundaries - a blog capturing the journey of the Nepal coaching stint: https://cwbblogs.com/nepal24/ 2. Rachana's own post in the blog: https://cwbblogs.com/nepal24/2024/03/03/week-1-team-reflections/ 3. Rachana's post on LinkedIn, with her reflections: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/rachanaramchand_cricketwithoutboundaries-sportsfordevelopment-activity-7175543993676517376-78Xz 4. You too can support CWB. Check it out! https://www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com/ Catch us on social media: 1. Max: https://twitter.com/maxdavinci 2. Bro T: https://twitter.com/tarequelaskar 3. VaMu: https://twitter.com/varunmurali43 4. Nitin: https://twitter.com/knittins 5. Tony: https://twitter.com/notytony 6. Rachana: https://twitter.com/thethingygirl 7. Bits and Pieces: https://twitter.com/bnp_cricket Find us wherever you listen to or watch stuff: https://linktr.ee/bitsnpieces
Ep 113: Does Mufa Bro have a BCCI contract?
04-03-2024
Ep 113: Does Mufa Bro have a BCCI contract?
This week, Bits and Pieces goes deep into contract law and HR practices, and quite fittingly, we do this without the lawyer or the HR professional in our gang joining the pod. Our group randomly sympathises with Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer, randomly ridicules the Dharamsala 100th Test darlings Ashwin and Bairstow. And somehow foretells Shardul Bedex Thakur's incredible Ranji semifinal performance. Murali's Bedex rap and PDP's David Attenborough impression of the Bairstow Migration are worth the entry price for this episode, which by the way is 0. Come for the bantz, stay for the hot-takes, and give us 5 stars, or else we'll terminate your contracts. Thank you. We are on Twitter: 1. Bits and Pieces: https://twitter.com/bnp_cricket 2. Hank: https://twitter.com/mohank 3. Sandy: https://twitter.com/sandeeplanjewar 4. Max: https://twitter.com/maxdavinci 5. SpamMo: https://twitter.com/sleepyhead148 6. Adi: https://twitter.com/adi1112 Show notes: 1. The Bairstow Migration Ft. David PDP Attenborough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1PHtndb5jE 2. What’s happened at the central contracts: https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/129667/shreyas-iyer-ishan-kishan-excluded-from-bcci-central-contracts 3. That Kane Williamson run-out: https://twitter.com/ESPNcricinfo/status/1763423873838490032 4. McGrath spotted Wagenaar/Wagner/WagonR before the world did: https://twitter.com/ESPNcricinfo/status/1224640238355566595 5. The PE teacher from Wayanad who’s changing WPL: https://sportstar.thehindu.com/cricket/wpl-2024-sajana-minnu-mani-asha-sobhana-wayanad-cricket-elsamma-baby-mumbai-indians-delhi-capitals-news/article67890682.ece
Ep 108: Two unlikely wins and one group hug
29-01-2024
Ep 108: Two unlikely wins and one group hug
What a start to a summer of grief, and the Shamar of joy... Bisi, Sandy, Srinath, Murali and Chops get together on the day of Bazball's first win on Indian shores and a Windies' win for the ages at the Gabba to cry, feel angry, smile, guffaw, break heads and crack jokes while constantly pointing and laughing at Ashwin's fielding, and AB de Villiers' ridiculous new ideas to 'improve' the game. And - a bonus epicmax clip of Srinath Sripath pulling off the most audacious Harsha Bhogle impression ever. Come troll us on Twitter: 1. Bits and Pieces: https://twitter.com/bnp_cricket 2. Chops: https://twitter.com/el_chopernos 3. Bisi: https://twitter.com/bisibelebhaat 4. Srinath: https://twitter.com/srinathsripath 5. Murali: https://twitter.com/muralisatagopun 6. Sandy: https://twitter.com/sandeeplanjewar Shownotes: 1. The great BC Lara can't hold back his tears after a miraculous win at the Gabba for the Windies: https://twitter.com/MarkHoward03/status/1751507132372111479?t=k47FSoyKcBrxIzrMdNxVWg&s=19 2. Neither can the fantastic CL Hooper: https://twitter.com/BenCameron23/status/1751506262393782634?t=9mgkP7TadjvkLyGQ_BK01Q&s=19 3. A truly out-of-their-minds discussion between Kevin "Switch Hit" Pietersen and AB De "360" Villiers: https://twitter.com/KP24/status/1748803502195806235?t=ETj-jNwhx6zD0vNNM-tCDQ&s=19 4. How's that for a first Test wicket celebration from the wonderful Kevin Sinclair?: https://twitter.com/7Cricket/status/1750825771151614034?t=0ZaGoHEUOiBtqoGoWKA10w&s=19 5. How's that for a player review for the LED bails! Well played, Hodge! https://twitter.com/FoxCricket/status/1751205776696524883?t=JBO8UqZ3_jDWMHfRK4-SmA&s=03
Ep 107: Five-nil. Puff of (dust).
22-01-2024
Ep 107: Five-nil. Puff of (dust).
In Episode 107, Bits and Pieces continues its Pulitzer-worthy investigation into the state of cricket pitch manufacturing, outfield preparation and stands manufacturing as the American venues for the 2024 T20 World Cup get into a race against time, logic and sense to be ready in time for the ICC's big event. Also, an in-depth look into various Indian squads for various formats of cricket, some of which have been announced and some of which haven't (to be clear, we are referring to the squads here, and not formats of the game). In addition to compelling conversations on Bazball's impending India debut and West Indies' troubles in Australia, we also ask the most important question in cricket: Is it time Harsha Bhogle stopped tweeting? Bits and Pieces is anywhere you listen to (or watch) podcasts. Do help your friends discover us from https://linktr.ee/bitsnpieces Is there a series from 2029 or later for which you'd like us to predict India's playing XI? Write to us at: 1. Bits and Pieces: https://twitter.com/bnp_cricket 2. PGK: https://twitter.com/peegeekay 3. SpamMo: https://twitter.com/sleepyhead148 4. Chops: https://twitter.com/el_chopernos 5. Nitin: https://twitter.com/knittins Shownotes: 1. When Bill Brown was worried about Kardar Mankading him: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/australia-tour-of-england-1948-61329/oxford-university-vs-australians-352987/full-scorecard 2. Sky Cricket interviews Johnny Grave, CEO of Windies Cricket: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/west-indies-cricket--58370831 3. The anatomy of an American disaster loading at the upcoming T20 World Cup: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/never-done-before-adelaide-oval-s-key-role-in-new-york-s-t20-world-cup-pitches-1417224
Ep 106: Fielding cauliflower match ups for dust bowels
15-01-2024
Ep 106: Fielding cauliflower match ups for dust bowels
At one point Tony says "We've been talking for 20m and only Rachna has made any sense" (edited out). At another point Tony whines on like a pork "chop" about Sanju Samson not making the "cut" (edited out). And for some part of the pod Tony self edits himself out of the pod on account of a power-cut. In between all of this, Chops, Bisi, Rachna, VaMu, SandyG and Tony talk about "cricket without borders", fielding in the IPL, over-reliance on data, selection methods, the Afghanistan ODIs, the upcoming India-England series and much more.... Tune in for an hour and a quarter of "from the sublime to the ridiculous". Share. Subscribe. Leave us some feedback... LINKS: Have you subscribed to our Youtube channel, dear current listener and potential viewer? Here is the link... Go watch/hear us there (too): ⁠https://youtube.com/@bitsandpiecesthefriendlies7100⁠ Bits and Pieces on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bnp_cricket Chops: https://twitter.com/el_chopernos Tony: https://twitter.com/notytony VaMu (Varun) : https://twitter.com/varunmurali43 SandyJi: https://twitter.com/sandeeplanjewar Rachana: https://twitter.com/thethingygirl Bisi: https://twitter.com/bisibelebhaat SHOW NOTES: 1. The IPL in Jan is flying high even before the IPL has begun - https://x.com/StarSportsIndia/status/1746482773916033474 2. Chappelli thatha doesn't like any of his time wasted when he's watching a Test - https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/why-aren-t-we-making-a-bigger-deal-of-the-slow-pace-of-play-in-test-cricket-1416516  3. Johnson and Kelly, and Faf du Plessis bringing up some outrageous catches to start off 2024 - https://x.com/robelinda2/status/1746102830258414042?t=0s4MadG6g_fmP2t9Mdyeng&s=09 and https://x.com/SA20_League/status/1746170663667188205?t=MJf4LOnzsHqwY6ttvL9ncw&s=09 4. Jemi Rodrigues on the bane right now that is India W fielding and catching - https://www.espncricinfo.com/cricket-videos/rodrigues-our-fielding-hasn-t-been-up-to-standard-1415270 5. Contribute to Rachana's very promising attempt to spread cricket and life lessons in rural Nepal - https://www.justgiving.com/page/rachana-ramchand-cwb-nepal and read more about Cricket Without Boundaries here - https://www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com 6. Weirdest coin toss ever! EVER! https://twitter.com/FanCode/status/1745323088613630133
Ep 104: A Placid Prasidh Centurion Manchurian
31-12-2023
Ep 104: A Placid Prasidh Centurion Manchurian
As 2023 winds down, catch the gang in a mood that is equal parts dark and humorous. There's a bit of looking back with dollops of recency bias thrown in and there's a bit of looking forward with pessimism and optimism jostling with each other for screentime in a set of moving pictures called imagined reality. Time is a circle, they say and the circle of Centurion has made us none the wiser. Oh, and don't miss the many in-jokes that all of you are in on, dear listeners and the needles that are ready to pierce your bananas. Here's to bits and pieces of everything that's good sprinkled across 2024 for all of us and Sanju Samson! Find us on Elon's servers: Bits and Pieces: https://twitter.com/bnp_cricket Chops: https://twitter.com/el_chopernos Tony: https://twitter.com/notytony Sameer: https://twitter.com/sleepyhead148 Max: https://twitter.com/maxdavinci Iman: https://twitter.com/imanpande Nitin: https://twitter.com/knittins Adi: https://twitter.com/adi1112 Show Notes: Notytony's quest for Bill Watterson throughout the 2023 Men's ODI World Cup: https://whereisbillwatterson.substack.com/p/one-day-standhttps://whereisbillwatterson.substack.com/p/tantalus-finalushttps://whereisbillwatterson.substack.com/p/peace-plus-the-hooting CSA decides to send SA C team to NZ for Men's Tests: https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/3842534 Looks like the Men's T20 World Cup 2024 is all set to outdo the Men's ODI World Cup 2023 but in not such a good way: https://twitter.com/PeterDellaPenna/status/1741435794290520356?t=okrQjzzV3WtsJ5jyerKvXA&s=19 Have you subscribed to our Youtube channel yet, dear current listener and potential viewer?: https://www.youtube.com/@bitsandpiecesthefriendlies7100