Ian Bradshaw on the Couch

14th October 2014

Military Mediums – audio/visual highlights

Clips to the on-side

The Cricket Couch, Subash Jayaraman is approaching the halfway point of his world cricket trip alongside his wife, Mrs Couch aka the Cricket Widow. Both of them have managed to maintain their diary entries despite the exhausting schedule – one, it must be said, rather more regularly than the other!

Kathleen’s regular reports, which include great written and visual snapshots of what she’s seen, are supplemented by her artistic little collages and sketches which she’s creating along the way. Her latest entry popped up today – you can read it here; and please go back and look at her previous entries.

As well as maintaining her own online journal, Kathleen has also been writing regularly for Wisden India, and the latest post in her ‘Adventures of a Cricket Widow’ blog has also appeared today, which you will enjoy here.

Subash has not been nearly as prolific as Kathleen with his own World Trip jottings, although he did give us this excellent piece on ESPN Cricinfo this week reflecting on the journey thus far. The article includes a brilliant action shot of Subash generating sheer, unadulterated, raw naked pace in the nets at Wanderers in Barbados. Great bowling action; great action photography!

But while Subash is keeping his ink dry, perhaps in storage for ‘explosive’ revelations when his autobiography/tour journal hits the shelves (watch out Matt Prior!), he’s managed to keep up his regular excellent interview series, Couch Talk.

That day at Wanderers, Subash ran into West Indies’, Barbados’ and Wanderers’ Ian Bradshaw, and he’s the subject of his latest Couch Talk interview. They talked about Ian’s Test Match career; his ODI experiences, including winning the Champions Trophy in 2004; and the moment when his brief flirtation with the WI captaincy was thwarted, and cruelly robbed him by the unlikely event of Chris Gayle being in a hurry to return to the field.

Brief exposure to international leadership was a question I suggested for Subash when he interviewed Derek Pringle a month or so back; and since then Subash has chatted with Zimbabwe’s Heath Streak; New Zealand’s Gavin Larsen; and The UK’s Sunday Times cricket correspondent, Simon Wilde who talked about the furore over Kevin Pietersen’s recent book.

Subash and Kathleen’s world trip has so far taken them from the Caribbean, to the UK and Ireland and now to India. While in Ireland he watched a couple of their ODIs v Scotland, and he talked to Andrew Nixon on the Idlesummers podcast about those games. You can hear him between 12-24 minutes of the show.

The Idle Summers podcast is presented by Russell Degnan, and is a regular gathering up of all the news that’s going on in the cricket world outside the Test and ODI arena – and gives much needed exposure of the Associate and Affiliate cricket nations. Russell’s latest show in company with Andrew Nixon can be heard here.

David Oram

David Oram is the resident ‘statto’, and sometime presenter of ‘Mason & Guests’ – Voice of Barbados’ weekly cricket talk show, the leading cricket radio show in the West Indies – hosted by the Caribbean’s principal  radio commentator, Andrew Mason. You can tweet me at DavidOram@colblimp1983.



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