Cricket is considered a gentleman’s game in many parts of the world. The English players made this sport popular on the planet, and now over 150 countries have their own cricket team. India is considered a powerhouse in cricket because of the immense talent present in the nation.
Besides, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has played a huge role in the Indian cricket’s growth. Apart from the Men in Blue, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have also done well at the international level.
During the lockdown period in 2020, Dream11 invested in European cricket. Many European nations got the platform they needed to grow cricket in their regions. The fans expect lesser-known European and African nations to develop into cricketing powerhouses soon.
Talking about cricket, the new nations need to understand the basics of the game. The best way of gaining knowledge about cricket is to read the books about it. Many famous cricket personalities have shared their experience via penning a book.
In this article, we will have a look at the top five cricket books.
Alan Ross’ Australia 55
Any casual cricket fan might also know details about the intensity of the Ashes rivalry. England and Australia have a historic rivalry in this sport and they compete for a little urn titled The Ashes every two years. The two nations host the series in an alternative manner.
Alan Ross’ Australia 55 is based on Len Hutton’s Australian team, which traveled to England when cricket was majorly considered a leisure-time sport. There are tales of drama and heroics in the book which make it a must-read one.
Ramachandra Guha’s A Corner of a Foreign Field
As mentioned ahead, the Indian cricket team has become a very big name in the cricket world now. However, there was a time when the foreign cricketers did not consider India as a serious threat. Many top cricketers even avoided visiting the nation.
Ramachandra Guha has summed up the Indian cricket history to perfection in his book aptly titled as A Corner of a Foreign Field.
Sunny Days – The Autobiography of Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar has played a major role in taking Indian cricket to the level it has reached right now. The Little Master inspired many youngsters to take the bat and face the bowlers bravely. Gavaskar’s autobiography titled Sunny Days shows his journey on and off the field.
The fans who followed the game when radio commentary was the most popular way of knowing the score, would definitely enjoy reading this autobiography.
Playing it my way – Autobiography of Sachin Tendulkar
From one little master to another’s autobiography, Playing it may way was published in 2014. Boria Majumdar penned this autobiography of the greatest batsman to have played the game. Nicknamed The God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar was a man who got more love than anyone else.
The Indian cricket fans were crazy after his batting and his match-winning performances often gave a good night’s sleep to his fans. Even the mothers of the fans who did not follow cricket would tell their children to switch off TV and sleep after Sachin would lose his wicket. Such was the impact of this cricketer.
Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel
For the fans who do not have much idea about Rahul Dravid’s incredible achievements on the cricket field and how he did it with a calm mind, Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel by ESPNCricinfo and Walt Disney Company India Pvt. Ltd is a highly recommended book for them.
Dravid redefined the world defense in cricket with his epic performances. Like Sachin Tendulkar, the former Rajasthan Royals skipper has a huge fan following in India. The book majorly contains his best interviews.