Written with the passion of a fan and knowledge of a cricketer, Mid-Wicket Tales: From Trumper to Tendulkar is for all genuine lovers of cricket from every cricketing nation. It celebrates cricket in all its hues and brings alive the rich history, romance and technical nuances of the game, where diligent research and analysis is blended with rare and interesting anecdotes. Even as the essays reflect the authorsa passion for the game, there is a perspective, balance and tolerant objectivity right through the book. Thus, if they lavish praise on Rahul Dravid for his batting or the wondrous all-round skills of Garry Sobers or the incomparable slip catching of Bobby Simpson, they also admire the less successful test cricketers, for there are just a few thousand test players in 137 years of international cricket. It is the sort of book one can reach out and spend 30 minutes on any number of occasions, just like meeting old friends.Historians say he was not as successful in test cricket as in county cricket but we see no justification in that. ... Why do we forget the terrific exploits of Vogler, Faulkner, Hordern and Freeman? ... Was the googly from Hollies that bowled him so foxy or did tears in his eyes prevent Bradman from seeing that particular ball?
|Author||:||S. Giridhar, V. J. Raghunath|
|Publisher||:||SAGE Publications India - 2014-06-26|