My World in Cricket

The same would be true of one of my cricket heroes, Glenn McGrath. He may have looked cross and grumpy for some of the time, but I could tell just how much it meant to him that Australia should succeed. Furthermore, as a fast bowler, ...

Author: Stuart Broad

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471101588

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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Stuart Broad was born to be a cricketer. His skills with the ball and bat have made him world famous but what is it like to be the star of the England cricket team? From techniques and tactics to preparing yourself for action, mentally and physically, Stuart divulges what life is like at the top level and how anyone can achieve their full potential. Illustrated with key moments in his career and stories of sporting heroes, setbacks and successes, Stuart Broad's world in cricket is laid bare.

You Must Like Cricket

My mum plans to give it to my daughter once she finds her first cricket hero. It's my relic from the 'Summer of42'. Bankum, a small town several hundred kilometres away from Kolkata, is remarkable only for being unremarkable.

Author: Soumya Bhattacharya

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446484944

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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The great C L R James once asked: 'What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?' For some of us answering that can keep you awake at night. Soumya Bhattacharya knows this: he has a steady job, a loving wife, a daughter he dotes on. But most of all he has cricket. Or perhaps more accurately: cricket has him. Ever since he can remember, he's loved the game. From his first knockabouts on the living-room carpet - with his mother's paper bats and balls - he progressed to Test Match Special on short-wave, then to the whole panoply of obsession: one-dayers, Test matches, TV highlights, re-runs of TV highlights, always following one team - India. When you come from a country where the game is more than a religion, you must like cricket, right? In this sparkling memoir of a lifetime spent in the company of eleven men, a green field and a billion other worshippers, Soumya Bhattacharya gives us a guided tour of the soul of a cricket obsessive. Part reportage, part travelogue, part cultural politics, You Must Like Cricket? takes us from his home in Kolkata to Lord's and back again as Bhattacharya explores the joys and the lows (mostly the lows) of a thirty-year love affair, how one game has become so closely tied to a nation's identity, and the troubling hold cricket has over him. But if your home ground was called Eden Gardens, where else would you rather be?

The Onyx Stones 2 How Alexander and Cricket Save Uncle Chad

Cricket asks. “It's my turn to check on something,” I say. “You can come if you want.” Cricket, Hero, and I make our way to Uncle Chad's house. I don't bother to get the key, because this time, we're not going inside.

Author: Debby L. Johnston

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781664242579

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 264

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When a scientist, the revered uncle of thirteen-year-old Alexander Tennyson, mysteriously disappears, Alexander follows clues that Uncle Chad has left behind in his journal. The clues hint at treachery and abandonment—in an ancient past among two million newly freed Israelite slaves. A chance meeting with a brilliant quadriplegic girl lets Alexander reach across the millennia to attempt a rescue. But finding Uncle Chad is not the end. Instead, it leads to an unexpected second rescue that is harder and demands forgiveness. Can Alexander forgive?

Cricket Lovely Cricket

I was nearing the end of my university finals, where I had been preparing for my career as a cricket journalist by ... I had spent my formative years dreaming about: I had the chance to meet one of my cricket heroes (his identity must ...

Author: Lawrence Booth

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448103034

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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Cricket, Lovely Cricket is a journey around the perennially curious world of cricket, leaving no metaphorical leg-break unturned and peering at the game from every conceivable angle. Here, Lawrence Booth, who had little option but to turn a youthful obsession with the game into a means of paying the mortgage, seeks to consider the questions that crop up on a daily basis but rarely receive a satisfactory answer. What are the players really like? What is the secret of sledging? Why get so worked up about the Ashes? Why all the clichés? And how did India take over the world? Taking the reader to the heart of a game that seems more capable than any other of bewitching its followers, this is a captivating look at the way cricket has become what it is today - and what, given a fair wind, it might be like in the future.

Going Places

India's Small Town Cricket Heroes K R Guruprasad. pray. At 6 p.m. deepams were lit in the house. ... Surprisingly, my granny used to listen to Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. I think I was in kindergarten then.

Author: K R Guruprasad

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9788184751475

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

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How eleven men from the margins changed the way cricket is played and perceived beyond the metros. This is the story of a unique XI made up of cricketers--among them, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Munaf Patel and S. Sreesanth--who made the leap from the hinterland to centre stage. Difficult as it is to become a top-flight cricketer in India, it is doubly so for those growing up in small towns and villages. Yet there have been inspiring exceptions who have not let place names such as Azamgarh, Davangere, Ikhar, Jalandhar, Jamnagar, Kakur, Meerut, Muradnagar, Naichanpur, Najafgarh and Ranchi deter them from realizing their ambitions. These men have made the transition from rice fields and akharas to hallowed sports grounds, from abject poverty and menial jobs to IPL riches, from tennis balls and rough-hewn bats to shiny, red leather balls and sponsored cricket bats. A combination of a supportive family, a determined coach, talent and sheer hard work did the trick for them. Without this mix, the gentleman’s game would have lost these gifted players to farming, a job in Africa or driving a truck in Canada. India is fortunate to have this ‘team’ of small-town cricket heroes.

My Sporting Heroes

I literally thought Graham Gooch was going to play cricket for England forever. When I started my career he was playing cricket for England, when I finished my career he was playing cricket for England and each time I pick up a ...

Author: Ian Botham

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781845969035

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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In My Sporting Heroes, one of the country's great sportsmen, Sir Ian Botham, draws up his template of what he believes makes a true sporting hero. Botham singles out the ten qualities he believes are the basic elements in any true sportsperson - bravery, passion, composure, determination, skill, leadership, instinct, dedication, humour and compassion - then highlights the sportsmen and women who he believes best demonstrate each quality, backing up his selection with personal anecdotes of his time spent with them or watching them in action. Covering a wide variety of sports and discussing admired athletes of both the past and present, from Ian Woosnam, Paul Gascoigne and Jonathan Davies to Joe Calzaghe, Lewis Hamilton and Andy Murray, My Sporting Heroes is a lively celebration of exactly what makes a true sporting legend - from someone who knows a thing or two about it!

Straight Shooter

I still marvel at how my parents paid for all those school fees, but through it all they not only gave us the best ... I didn't really do sport in half-measures and I certainly gave it my all. ... Mark Waugh was my real cricket hero ...

Author: Andrew Clarke


ISBN: 9781459624597

Category: Australian football players

Page: 470

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Matthew Lloyd at his peak was a goal kicking machine in an era where the power forward was fading from the game. A five-time all Australian, he topped the AFL goal kicking three times in his 270 game career and kicked the ton twice, his first in the Essendon Premiership season of 2000. Born into a football family, it was clear early in his career that he had the ability to surpass his father John's 29 games with Carlton. For a while it looked he would head to Carton as well, but Essendon conjured up a complex deal to secure the talented 16-year-old in the 1994 pre-season draft. Brothers Simon and Brad each played football too and are now involved with the Fremantle Football Club, and sister Kylie works on The Footy Show at Channel 9. His mother Bev, even met his father at the football. Sport, and in particular football, was and remains in the blood. This book is the story of a kid driven by a fear of failure to climb the highest peaks in football. Of a young footballer who taught himself a process to become the most accurate shot for goal in the AFL after a tirade from one his coaches. It is how a boy with natural ability became the captain of the Essendon Football Club, a premiership player and a life member of the AFL. And now it is about the transformation into devoted father and a multi-media expert on AFL when it looked like from the outside his career was cut short before its time; of a testy relationship with his final coach and the bone crunching hit that saw him finish his time as a player on suspension. It looks at how he considered a future with other clubs before deciding to retire on his terms. Above all, it is a brutally honest account of an astonishing career from a man who is a straight shooter in more ways than one.

White on Green

I played cricket in my high school there and there used to be a ground near our house where I played most of my cricket during those ... Who were your early cricket heroes and did you have an opportunity to watch them or even meet them?

Author: Richard Heller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471156434

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 368

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Following Peter Oborne's award-winning global success with Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan comes a new volume, written with Richard Heller, to celebrate the extraordinary story of Pakistan cricket. In White on Green, we discover a rich tapestry of stories about cricket in all its forms that will fascinate all who want to understand more about that country. We hear from the players of Dera Ismail Khan, who appeared when their side lost by a world-record margin of an innings and 851 runs; and from the Khan sisters, who helped develop the women's game in Pakistan, despite the threats from those who believed their actions to be immoral. But we also hear from the greats of Pakistan cricket, past and present, who provide a revealing picture of the special challenges they have faced, both at home and abroad. Written with great warmth, affection and insight, White on Green is an evocative portrait of a country that is too often condemned and too little understood by outsiders. It shows how the spirit of cricket can help overcome the most difficult environments and bring people together.


'Do you play cricket?' he said. This went on for several minutes, despite the rain. 'Who is your cricket hero?' he asked. 'You, sir,' he replied. Learie roared with laughter. 'I haven't played for twenty or more years.

Author: Brian Scovell

Publisher: Book Guild Publishing

ISBN: 9781913913571

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

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Lord Learie Constantine was an all-time great West Indian cricketer who found himself at the centre of race relations in 1940s Britain when, on June 30, he won a High Court action when he and his family were ordered out of the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square because white US soldiers objected. It led to the passing of the Race Relations Act in 1968 – an act in which he was heavily involved. Lord Learie was the grandson of a slave, a High Commissioner of Trinidad, the first Afro-Caribbean to become a Peer of the Realm, a BBC governor, a writer and, later, a pioneer in race relations during WW2 Britain and the Windrush affair. In cricket, Learie was a sporting icon, in politics, he made a discernible difference to equality in the UK. This book tells the important and sometimes overlooked story, of Lord Learie’s achievements – both in the field of cricket and in politics. His fight for equality, seemingly against the odds, is a story that remains highly relevant today. Brian Scovell ghostwrote Lord Constantine’s cricket commentaries between 1963-69 for the Daily Sketch, driving him around the country while attending Test matches. They formed a lifelong friendship culminating in Brian being invited to speak at the Houses of Parliament when the bust of Lord Learie was unveiled in 2019, marking the 50th anniversary of his being appointed as the first black Peer in 1969.

A Company of Heroes

Suddenly my eyes caught movement 40 feet in front of me. A silhouette of a helmeted man approached me on all fours. I reached for my cricket and clicked it once, click-clack, the sign of a friend. The figure stopped.

Author: Marcus Brotherton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101537138

Category: History

Page: 384

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THE "MUST-READ"* BOOK THAT INSPIRED THE EXTRAORDINARY DOCUMENTARY FOR PUBLIC TELEVISION After the Band of Brothers went home, they never forgot the lessons of war . . . After chronicling the personal stories of the Band of Brothers in We Who Are Alive and Remain, author Marcus Brotherton presents a collection of remembrances from the families of the soldiers of Easy Company—and how their wartime experiences shaped their lives off the battlefield. A Company of Heroes is an intimate, revealing portrait of the lives of the men who fought for our freedom during some of the darkest days the world has ever known—men who returned home with a newfound wisdom and honor that they passed onto their families, and that continue to inspire new generations of Americans. *Jake Powers, Official E/506th Historian