‘Mid-wicket Tales celebrates the game with gusto and sincerity…It is analytical, dissects technique, explores various facets…[An] informative and a racy read.’—The Hindu
‘[Mid-wicket Tales]…touches the heart of the cricket lover, combining as it does a feel for the game’s history as well as its romance. The book is highly recommended.’—The Asian Age
First published in 2014, Mid-wicket Tales is back almost a decade later, in a revised and expanded edition to delight and entertain cricket fans and scholars alike. Humorous and richly detailed, this marvellous series of essays—written by two ‘incurable cricket romantics’—tells the characterful story of one of the most beloved sports in the world.
A seamless blend of theories with statistical data, technical assessments, and charming anecdotes, the essays range in theme from Kapil Dev’s batting style; big-hitting superstars like Victor Trumper, Viv Richards, and Virender Sehwag; the fearsome pace of Michael Holding; the magical close catches of Eknath Solkar and Bobby Simpson; and the mastery of Sachin Tendulkar; to delightful evenings spent with the dashing Salim Durani and the fabulous M.S. Dhoni, and illuminating conversations with the cerebral stars, Rahul Dravid and S. Venkataraghavan. This revised edition also has superb new essays where we learn of Mahatma Gandhi’s involvement with cricket, discover the integral role of video analytics in modern-day cricket strategy, and experience the brilliance of women’s cricket, which has taken the world by storm.