“You don’t play for the crowd. You play for the country!” Said MS Dhoni! “And that is the reason why victory is great. Because different players have made the contribution to the win!” Says another legend,
Sachin Tendulkar. Cricket is the most loved sport in the country. This sport is in every Indian’s blood. And speaking of our heroes on the field, they have devotees all over the world. Cricket maniacs spend time playing, watching and admiring cricket. Knowing the personal and professional lives of their favorite cricketers is enough to make their day brighter. ‘Mid-Wicket Tales with
Naseeruddin Shah’ is one such platform where you get to know your favorite cricket stars. The show travels through the cricket world.
It unveils many untold cricket stories. Naseeruddin Shah, a celebrated Bollywood actor, hosts the show, and he captivates the viewers with his unique narration. He narrates the experiences and moments of cricket which are worth sharing! Every episode of the show discusses various topics of the sport including anecdotes and trivia. There is a unique theme for every episode. Various aspects discussed are captains, fast bowlers, spinners, wicket keepers, glamor and much more. The show also features many celebrities who get nostalgic sharing their experiences both personal and professional. M S Dhoni,
Ravi Shastri, Tiger Pataudi,
Kapil Dev, Farookh Engineer,
Syed Kirmani, Vijay Hazare,
Shashi Tharoor and Bishan Singh Bedi are few of them.
The show grabs the attention of thousands of cricket fans out there who desire to travel through the moments shared by their favorite players. The show successfully telecasted 26 episodes. Each episode’s run time is 60 minutes. Each episode turns up with an interesting theme and discusses many untold moments associated with it. The opening episode of the show talks about our glorious openers. The role of an opener in deciding the game and how this concept has evolved through the years has been briefly elaborated in the episode. We also get to know the changes that our cricket world has undergone. The most prolific openers like Vijay Merchant from the bygone era to one of the best test openers Sunil Gavaskar.
Then the show discusses our beloved captains and their journey of success. We get to know the glorious path traveled by our warriors who led the battles. The episode features the victorious milestones in the professional careers of our leaders starting from our first test captain Col. C. K. Nayudu to the most successful captain M. S. Dhoni, who contributed to the tremendous win of Indian cricket team in the world cup after a gap of 28 years. The show captured many other untold stories of victory, moments of pride, the real heroes of the nation who fought every battle on the field with a sense of patriotism and made every Indian heart feel proud of the tricolor flag flying in the blue sky!
Mid wicket tales is a nonfiction show produced by Greymatter films hosted by the veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah who opens up about many untold stories of the Indian cricket. He is famous for his way of narration. This show was broadcast by Epic Channel networks Pvt limited and premiered on 10th July 2015 with each episode having a runtime of 60 minutes. The show was co-launched with two other shows. These are the 'Stories by Rabindranath Tagore' and 'Jaane Pehchaane with the talented lyricist Javed Akhtar'. All the three shows had bagged the top 5 positions in the channel.
Mid wicket tales has 26 episodes highlighting the attributes and aspects of the game with a mixture of trivia and anecdotes. The show had centered on various themes in every episode and had its appreciation for such theme-based concepts like captains, spinners, fast bowlers, wicket keeper, glamor etc. The show brought in many personalities who revealed their stories and experiences in cricket, and each episode had starred many celebrities who had their share of interesting and unknown short stories to share with Shah which gave out lot of cricket related gossips too. Few of the celebrities who appeared with Shah on screen for the show were Sharmila Tagore on tiger Pataudi,
Shashi Kapoor, Nari Contractor,
Charu Sharma, Bishan Singh Bedi etc.
Apart from these stars, there were also a few of the cricket stars who were a part of the show to open about their experiences and journey as a cricketer. They include Tiger Pataudi, Kapil Dev, Vijay Hazare, Syed Kirmani, Farookh Engineer, Ravi Shastri and M S Dhoni. The show had a total of twenty-six episodes with different themes starring one celebrity revealing trivial information. The show proved to be one of a kind amongst all the other daily soaps and reality based program. The show played a remarkable welcome in giving away the past and reminiscing their memorable moments. Each episode had spoken boldly about Sachin Tendulkar's life before making his test debut for India, Kapil dev's record of not being run out in his whole cricket career, Sunil Gavaskar's childhood, Yuvraj Singh's talent in another sport other than cricket and many more.
The show had only one season of broadcast gaining a huge popularity amongst the other non fiction shows due to the popularity and uniqueness of Naseeruddin Shah who is a famous Indian film and stage actor and director. He has won many awards for his remarkable performance. He has also garnered the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards.