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Playing It My Way

by Sachin Tendulkar

About the book:  The greatest run-scorer in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013 after an astonishing 24 years at the top. The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all time, he received the Bharat Ratna Award - India's highest civilian honour - on the day of his retirement. Now Sachin Tendulkar tells his own remarkable story - from his first Test cap at the age of 16 to his 100th international century and the emotional final farewell that brought his country to a standstill. When a boisterous Mumbai youngster's excess energies were channelled into cricket, the result was record-breaking schoolboy batting exploits that launched the career of a cricketing phenomenon. Before long Sachin Tendulkar was the cornerstone of India's batting line-up, his every move watched by a cricket-mad nation's devoted followers. Never has a cricketer been burdened with so many expectations; never has a cricketer performed at such a high level for so long and with such style - scoring more runs and making more centuries than any other player, in both Tests and one-day games. And perhaps only one cricketer could have brought together a shocked nation by defiantly scoring a Test century shortly after terrorist attacks rocked Mumbai. His many achievements with India include winning the World Cup and topping the world Test rankings. Yet he has also known his fair share of frustration and failure - from injuries and early World Cup exits to stinging criticism from the press, especially during his unhappy tenure as captain. Despite his celebrity status, Sachin Tendulkar has always remained a very private man, devoted to his family and his country. Now, for the first time, he provides a fascinating insight into his personal life and gives a frank and revealing account of a sporting life like no other.

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Sachin Tendulkar

by Ayaz Memon,Indranil Rai

About the book:  From his appearance on the firmament as a 16-year-old, Tendulkar has been a beacon for the new India. ‘When India won the Cricket World Cup in 2011, an abiding image from the celebrations was of the Indian cricket team carrying Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulders around Wankhede stadium. Tendulkar was not the captain of the team and the victory had been a team effort. But for the players, the victory was a gift to a man, arguably India’s greatest cricketer and inarguably one of the very greatest in the world.’ Sachin Tendulkar’s story may have been told many times, but it never stops delighting the cricket fan. In the 25 years that Tendulkar has played cricket, there is almost no existing batting record that he has not broken, or no impossible record that he has not set. He has even changed the way money and endorsements entered the game. At the same time, his incredible batting skills have kept him rooted in the fine traditions of cricket. Some say that one runs out of words when describing Sachin Tendulkar’s prowess and achievements. Others may more emphatically claim that there simply aren’t enough words to talk about this incredible cricketer. Ayaz Memon, one of India’s most prolific journalists, brings with him 33 years of experience in sports writing. He started his career covering sports and went on to edit newspapers like Mid-Day, Bombay Times and DNA as well as magazines like Sportsweek. Ayaz was also sports editor for the Times of India and the Independent at various stages. He is currently consulting editor with NewsX. Indranil Rai is a freelance journalist with an undying passion sports, especially cricket.

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Virat Kohli

by Ayaz Memon,C. Rajshekar Rao

About the book:  In many ways, Kohli epitomizes the New Age Indian — aggressive, sometimes brash, but also a go-getter with great clarity about what he wants. After making his mark at the junior level, when he led the Under-19 team to victory in the World Cup, Virat Kohli graduated into the senior ranks quite seamlessly and is now considered a pivotal player in the Indian team. He played a significant role in the 2011 World Cup triumph and has since matured into a consistent match-winner in limited overs cricket and a highly reliable batsman in the longer version of the game. His brilliant fielding enhances manifold his value to the team. Rated among the best young players in the world today, Kohli’s filmstar looks and dashing approach on the field make him hugely popular with both fans and brands. Not quite 25, he is sound on tactics, strong on fellow-player management and is already seen as the future captain of India. Ayaz Memon, one of India’s most prolific journalists, brings with him 33 years of experience in sports writing. He started his career covering sports and went on to edit newspapers like Mid-Day, Bombay Times and DNA as well as magazines like Sportsweek. Ayaz was also sports editor for the Times of India and the Independent at various stages. He is currently consulting editor with NewsX. C. Rajshekhar Rao is a sports writer with the international news agency, The Associated Press. He has in the past written for prominent Indian newspapers like The Hindu, The Indian Express and Daily News and Analysis.

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Line and Strength

by Glenn McGrath

About the book:  From working the land in Narromine to winning cricket's World Cup three times, Glenn McGrath has always faced life with fierce determination and an unerring will to succeed, despite the odds. Now, following his retirement from international cricket, McGrath tells his complete story - on and off the field. The man known as 'Pigeon' won his baggy green cap in Perth in 1993 and went on to forge a brilliant career, eventually becoming cricket's most successful fast bowler with 563 Test wickets. McGrath entered Ashes folklore in 1997 when he destroyed England by taking 8 for 38 at Lords, and he even scored a Test half-century with the bat. With leg spinner Shane Warne, he formed the most devastating bowling combination in Test history. Glenn McGrath's most meaningful achievements, however, have been off the field. With his wife, Jane, he established the McGrath Foundation, a major funder for and supporter of breast cancer sufferers. Here, in their own words, the McGraths discuss their battles with the disease and Jane's tragic death. Line and Strength is the tell-all story of an Australian country boy who took on the world.

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Roy on the Rise

by Andrew Symonds

About the book:  Never far from trouble, Andrew 'Roy' Symonds takes us on journey through his latest cricketing adventures. Roy on the Rise follows Symonds from victory at the 2007 Cricket World Cup tournament in the West Indies and the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 Championship in South Africa, through to the tri-series against India and the IPL Twenty20 Tournament, which saw Roy become the most expensive player to be auctioned. Covering highlights, controversy and personal reflections, Roy on the Rise charts an exciting year in the life of one of Australia's most high-profile sportsmen.

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KP: The Autobiography

by Kevin Pietersen

About the book:  The fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket. Kevin was dropped from the England squad in February 2014, seemingly calling time on an international career that began nearly ten years earlier. The decision puzzled many observers - although the England team had failed miserably in the Ashes tour of 2013-14, Kevin was the tourists' leading run scorer across the series, and he remains the country's highest run scorer of all time across all formats of the game. Kevin reveals all in his autobiography, telling the stories behind the many other highs and lows of his incredible career. Giving readers the full story of his life, from his childhood in South Africa to his experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket, KP is an autobiography that entertains and fascinates readers in equal measure.

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AB de Villiers - The Autobiography

by AB de Villiers

About the book:  'AB has become the most valuable cricketer on the planet' Adam Gilchrist AB de Villiers is one of the finest batsmen ever to play cricket, and yet his achievement extends beyond his outrageous armoury of drives, pulls, paddles, scoops and flicks. Whether he is delighting home crowds at the Wanderers or Newlands or setting new records in Bengaluru or Sydney, he plays the game in a whole-hearted manner that projects a positive image of his country around the world, and also makes millions of South Africans feel good about themselves. This is AB's story, in his own words. The story of the youngest of three talented, sports-mad brothers growing up in Warmbaths, of a boy who excelled at tennis, rugby and cricket, of a youngster who made his international debut at the age of twenty and was then selected in every single test played by South Africa for the next eleven seasons, of a batsman who has started to redefine the art, being ranked among the world's very best in test, ODI and T20. Through all the pyrotechnics and consistency, AB has remained a true sportsman - quick to deflect praise, swift to praise opponents, eager to work hard, to embrace the team's next challenge and to relish what he still regards as the huge privilege of representing his country. This is the story of a modern sporting phenomenon.

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Dhoni

by C Rajshekhar Rao

About the book:  Biography of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, b. 1981, Indian cricket player.

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Gavaskar

by Clifford Narinesingh

About the book:  Biography of Sunil Gavaskar, b. 1949, former Indian cricket captain.

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Ponting: At the Close of Play

by Ricky Ponting

About the book:  The number 1 bestseller in paperback. One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Ricky Ponting boasts more records than any other player in Australian history including the most wins as a player and a captain, as well as being Australia's highest run-scorer in test and ODI cricket. From childhood prodigy to the highs and lows of an extraordinary international career, At the Close of Play is the remarkable autobiography of one of the game's greats. But beyond the triumphs and scandals, records and retirement, this is the story of a life lived in cricket and of a life shaped by extraordinary talent and the people who believed in that talent.

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Adam Gilchrist

by Adam Gilchrist

About the book:  Going in first or seventh, wearing whites or colours, Adam Gilchrist was the most exhilarating cricketer of the modern age.This is the most complete, intimate and fascinating illustrated autobiography of 'Gilly', one of the most loved sportsmen of his generation.Featuring personal photographs, stories and precious keepsakes from Gilchrist's private life and illustrious career, this book provides unprecedented access to Gilly, on and off the field.Peppered with anecdotes, reflections and jibes from friends, family and many of the biggest names in Australian and world cricket, this is the ultimate collection for sporting enthusiasts.

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Out of My Comfort Zone

by Steve Waugh

About the book:  "A quintessentially Australian tale, told in a straightforward, unpretentious style." The Age Rarely does a truly great player reveal as much of himself and his sport as Steve Waugh does in his long-awaited autobiography. Waugh opens up on his personal life in a way few would expect of a man known in cricket circles as "The Iceman". He provides revealing insights into life on and off the field; the controversies and scandals; and clashes with other players, the media and cricket administrators. He also offers honest and perceptive portraits of the people who have shared his adventure. Out of My Comfort Zone is a frank study of a unique life in cricket – a journey into the heart and soul of not just the game but also one of its most respected players and finest leaders.

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Playing With Fire

by Nasser Hussain

About the book:  Nasser Hussain was acclaimed as England's best cricket captain since Mike Brearley. Under his leadership, a side more famous for its batting collapses and ability to seize defeat from the jaws of victory discovered its backbone. With coach Duncan Fletcher he put some steel into the side; they became a difficult team to beat. Hussain wore his heart on his sleeve: railing against complacency, defying critics of his place in the batting line-up and making a principled stand at the last World Cup when the ECB seemed incapable of it. Expect passion, integrity, insight and candour in his eagerly awaited autobiography.

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Andrew Flintoff: Ashes to Ashes

by Andrew Flintoff

About the book:  'Freddie' Flintoff is perhaps the best-known cricketer in the world, and definitely the most loved in the UK. Widely considered the greatest English all-rounder since Ian Botham, bars at cricket grounds immediately empty the moment he approaches the wicket. It was victory in the 2005 Ashes series that cemented Flintoff's place at the nation's heart, with his stunning performances helping ensure the Ashes were regained for the first time in eighteen years.

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White Lightning

by PAT MURPHY ALLAN DONALD

About the book:  The world’s greatest fast bowler and the cutting edge behind the success of South Africa at Test level and Warwickshire in the county championship during the mid-nineties, explains his winning mentality in his first-ever autobiography.

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Sir Vivian

by Viv Richards,Bob Harris

About the book:  Wisden Cricket Monthly announced in May 1999 that Vivian Richards had been voted the best international cricketer of the past 25 years by his peers. Ian Botham came second and Shane Warne third. Both of them voted for Viv Richards.

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Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

by Jason Gillespie

About the book:  The long-awaited autobiography of one of Australia's finest sportsmen A key member of one of the greatest Australian teams in cricket history, and part of an exceptional bowling line-up that dominated opposition batsmen for a decade, Jason Gillespie gives his fascinating account of a life in cricket in Dizzy: the Jason Gillespie Story. the first player of Aboriginal descent to represent Australia at test level, Jason grew up obsessed with the game. Little did he realise his remarkable career would feature such dramatic highs and lows, including helping Australia claim the Ashes four times in succession; breaking his leg in a horrifying accidental collision in the field with Steve Waugh; taking on and getting the better of such legendary batsmen as Brian Lara and Sachin tendulkar; being dropped during the 2005 Ashes series; scoring a brilliant double century against Bangladesh, and ultimately carving his name in the record books as one of the top Australian wickettakers of all-time. In Dizzy: the Jason Gillespie Story, Jason takes us through the tours, tests and trials of playing for Australia during an unforgettable era of cricket in this country.

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Kapil Dev

by Romi Dev

About the book:  Contributed articles on Kapil Dev, b. 1959, Indian cricket player.

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Lala Amarnath

by Rajinder Amarnath

About the book:  Lala Amarnath was the first Indian to score a century when in his first Test match, against England, with the score at 21 for 2, he chose to counter-attack rather than stonewall. He reached his 100 in just 117 minutes, but never made a Test century again.?A strong-willed and plain-spoken man, he was sent back from England during India’s 1936 tour before the Tests started accused of “indiscipline”. In this book his son Rajender tells what really happened.?The war curtailed his best years; his fourth Test, in England in 1946, coming 13 years after his first. That tour was memorable for his becoming India’s top wicket-taker, with five wickets in the first innings of the Lord’s Test.?He was drawn into the establishment when he captained India to Australia in 1948, where his aggressive, imaginative captaincy drew praise from Don Bradman. But he never became truly part of it although he also made a name for himself as a selector and commentator.?Two of his three sons, Mohinder and Surinder, played Test cricket for India while the author Rajender played at first class level in India and in League cricket in England.

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Pakistan

by Anatol Lieven

About the book:  Born only five years after Pakistan was created in 1947, Imran Khan has lived his country's history. Undermined by a ruling elite, and unable to protect its people from the carnage of regular bombings from terrorists and its own ally, America, Pakistan has for years suffered from instability. Now Imran Khan and his own political party, the Tehreek-e-Insaf, offer a real political alternative for the people of Pakistan at a time when tension between Pakistan's government and the powerful military has reached dangerous new levels. How did this flashpoint of volatility and injustice come about? Pakistan: A Personal History provides a unique insider's view of a country unfamiliar to a western audience. Woven into this history we see how Imran Khan's personal life - his happy childhood in Lahore, his Oxford education, his extraordinary cricketing career, his marriage to Jemima Goldsmith, his mother's influence and that of his Islamic faith - inform both the historical narrativeandhis current philanthropic and political activities. It is at once absorbing and insightful, casting fresh light upon a country whose culture he believes is largely misunderstood by the West.

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