Mid-Wicket Tales
From Trumper to Tendulkar

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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.

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.


  • 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
  • Acknowledgments
  • Bibliography
  • Index

AuthorS Giridhar
Height825 mm
Length550 mm
Width75 mm
Weight70 g
Language TypePublished
MPNblack & white illustrations, colour illu
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages292
Package Quantity2
Part Numberblack & white illustrations, colour illu
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2014-06-03
PublisherSAGE India
StudioSAGE India
Sales Rank67894

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