India versus South Africa, 2019 Test series preview
The very first episode of HotSpot looks ahead at India's 2019-2020 Test season that begins on October 2 against South Africa at Visakhapatnam, with the following Tests at Pune and Rajkot. They are also joined in by South Africa's well-known journalist/broadcaster Neil Manthorp as the trio preview the series as well as the first Test.
Season 2019-2020, Episode 1:
Here's what's in store for you in this episode...
0:00-3:20 - A brief introduction to HotSpot and what this podcast is all about, and what we are going to cover on this first episode.
3:30-12:00 - The World Test Championship has begun. We take a look at where India stands and what's their prospective schedule over 2019-2020, leading up to the 2021 final at Lord's.
12:00-32:00 - Rohit Sharma as opener? We take an in-depth look at India's latest selection merry go-round and what this change in opening strategy means for the Indian team as well as for Rohit Sharma.
32:00-39:00 - Rishabh Pant or Wriddhiman Saha? Who should be India's first-choice wicket-keeper for this Test series versus South Africa?
39:00-1.10:00 - Neil Manthorp joins us from Cape Town and gives us the lowdown on South Africa's preparations for this Test series. After a dismal performance in the 2019 ODI World Cup, he sheds light on the Proteas' transition. In this final segment, we also take a deep look into the first Test and whether India should bring back R Ashwin into their playing eleven. Last but not the least, some predictions for the Test series.
Follow our hosts and guests on Twitter: @chetannarula, @DeepDasgupta7 and @NeilManthorp