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Episode 19 - What's in a Name?

BCCI - Beardos Cricket Chat and Insight

“That if we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is aquote from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. This quotation suggests that names themselves do not hold worth nor meaning. The Beardos, however, set out on their own journey to dissect the meaning and importance of two distinct cricketing names.

First, we weigh the importance of Ranji Trophy being named after the First Indian Test player – Kumar Shri Ranjitsinghji (Full name mentioned in the podcast). We elaborate on Ranji’s playing career, his contribution to Cricket, his Princely Status as Jam Saheb of Nawanagar and his disdain for Indian Cricket and Cricketers.Following Juhi Chawla’s questioning of 5G, we ask you to consider and judge the value of India’s premier domestic tournament being called Ranji.

Which brings us to our next question – “To Mankad or not to Mankad?”

Mulvantrai Himmatlal Mankad was the first Indian cricketer to reach the milestone of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket. Why then is the name of such a fine cricketer being sullied by the foreign press? Why is a dismissal, so clearly spelled out in the laws of Cricket, always the subject of controversy and debate? The Beardos have a spirited discussion on the law, its utility, the controversy that surrounds it and the alternatives to replace it.

But the nomenclature in the popular media brings us right back to our initial question -  “What’s in a name?”

Hosted by the 3 Beardos –

Amlan Sengupta

Sameer Dohadwala

Dipen Kothari

Special Thanks to –

Chief of Marketing – Shraddha Mukul

Head Critic – Siddhi Sengupta

References –

Books –

Myth-Busting: Indian Cricket Behind the Headlines by Gulu Ezekiel (Highly Recommended)

Portrait of Indian Sport - Anthony de Mello

Other Reading -


List of Mankading Incidents -

Ranjitsinghji -

A prince among batsmen – by Gideon Haigh -

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