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Mid-Wicket Tales

Mid-Wicket Tales
From Trumper to Tendulkar

First Edition
Critical Acclaim

June 2014 | 292 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

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 authors’ 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.

Foreword Harsha Bhogle
The Thrill of Close-in Catching
The Lesser Known Facets of Kapil's Brilliance
Fab Four: Once in a Lifetime Lineup
Men Like Dravid: Trust Them With Your Life
Rolls Royce and Other Terrors: Right-arm Fast
The Magic of Leg Spin
First-class Cricket: Lifeblood of the Game
Worrell, Brearley and Other Great Captains
Big Hitting is Not New: Ask Trumper and Jessop
Leg before Wicket: The Changing Paradigm
An Evening with Salim Durani
A Special Place in Our Hearts: The Right-hand Stylists
Left-arm Spin: Its Place in Cricket History
Nurturing New Batsmen: Look for Early Signs of Greatness
Left-arm Fast: Just a Few Pearls
600 Sit-ups a Day: The Wicket Keepers
All About Opening Batsmen
The Chinaman and Mystery Bowler
Every Form of Spin: That’s India
Nobility and Courage: The Very Spirit of the Game
The Sublime Left Handers
Neil Harvey: Every Left Hander’s Idol
For an Even Game between Bat and Ball
Prasanna, Laker and the Tribe of Off Spinners
Rubbing Shoulders with the Best: Stories from Madras and Bombay League
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar: Carrying a Billion Hopes
Last Word: In Conversation with S Venkataraghavan—Player, Captain, Umpire and Administrator

A delightful read...the book is a must read for its detailed analysis of so many aspects of the game...there is no denying the book touches the heart of a cricket lover.

The Asian Age

An honest attempt to rediscover the love for the game.... The language of the book is simple and plain...a collection of essays arranged randomly which gives readers the freedom to pick and choose and not follow any particular sequence. It's a good read; informative while bringing in different insights into the game.

A collection that certainly would fight for a place in any kind of cricket fan’s affections...the essays in the book cover the entire range of skills: bowling, batting, fielding, wicket keeping and captaincy. They question preconceived notions and stand a few clichés on their head with a lightness of touch and much finesse. The book works at several levels. For everyone who remembers an age where ‘days cricket’ of all forms was central, it is a dip into nostalgia combined with an acceptance and appreciation of the modern.


The book is rare for how many people would have thought of putting together cricketing stories that are not brushed upon in newspapers and websites…anecdotes don’t just make you smile but the wonderful narration, also helps you visualize the action being relayed…the book surprises you with little known nuggets even about the game’s legends….It is a book straight out of the 20th century. Yes, there is no glamour, but plenty of romance if cricket is your first love…. A detectable mix of rare anecdotes, cricketing history, objective analysis of the game, its stars and its underdogs a must read for every cricket lover.                                                                    

The Sunday Standard, 27 July 2014

The book is well worth reading for some unexplored insights into India’s world of celebrity cricket.

Business Standard, 18 July 2014

A fun, anecdotal but in- depth approach to the world of cricket.

Business Line, 14 July 2014

The authors have added right amount of Ingredients—anecdotes, history, statistics and analysis—to serve a broth that lovers of the game would find agreeable…[the book] is a trivia-hunter’s delight.

The Telegraph, 7 November 2014

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