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2000. Millennium's Greatest Indian Cricketers by Ravi Chaturvedi
1991. Winning Colours: Selected Racing Writings of Edgar Wallace

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  • Millennium's Greatest Indian Cricketers [top]
    Written by Ravi Chaturvedi; foreword by Madhavrao Scindia
    First published in 2000 in India by Saru Prakashan in paperback, 163pp, ISBN 8187041013

    Photographs by Ravi Chaturvedi; Suresh Saraiya; Hulton-Deutsch; Roger Mann; Patrick Edgar

About this book/synopsis: The author Ravi Chaturvedi's passion for cricket began in 1945 when at the end of World War 2, his parents moved from Lucknow to Delhi and he came into direct contact with the British Army returning to barracks after active service. In the evenings and on Sundays, the Army Officers would organise cricket matches, which Ravi would go and watch and which captivated him.

His actual love affair with cricket started in 1945 at the Roshanara Club in Delhi, where an Indian XI and an Australian XI crossed swords in an event which he has never forgotten due to the exploits of Hassett-Miller and Amarnath-Mushtaq on the green. Since that fateful day, he has seen many ups and downs for Indian Cricket; he took to cricket commentary in 1962 and had covered more than 105 tests and 152 one-day internationals, both for Radio and TV by the time this book was published. He covered the Indian tour of the West Indies in 1976 where he was also a guest commentator for the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation. Since then he has been considered an expert on Caribbean cricket. His first book, incidentally, was 'West Indies-India Test Cricket'. He covered the twin tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1980-81 and was the guest commentator on New Zealand TV in the same year. In 1994, World Tel asked him to join its panel of international commentators where he shared the mike with such greats of the cricket game as Sir Garfield Sobers, 'Tiger' Pataudi, Glenn Turner, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Krishnamachari Srikkanth and distinguised broadcaster Henry Blofeld. He joined the STAR SPORTS commentary team in 1996 at Singapore, Sharjah, West Indies and England. Ravi was also on the TWI commentary team for the India-New Zealand series in 1999 and technically is regarded as the best Hindi cricket commentator who understands the nuances of the game. This is combined with a ready wit and a phenomenal memory able to recall incidents and episodes with which he enriches his outstanding commentary.

It's understandable therefore that the author has gained his own legend, that of 'Panditji' - 'the knowledgeable one,' a title which he has felt under pressure to live up to with this book - making the titans of cricket stride across the field in a way in which the audience can recognise the description of that cricketer and understand why that cricketer is in the list. For the benefit of this summary page, he states that he selected the cricketers in this book based on their pioneering efforts, pivotal role or legendary status inside Indian cricket:

Contents:
Foreword by Madhavrao Scindia
Preface by Ravi Chaturvedi
THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL:
Batsmen:
1. C. K. Nayudu: The Colonel
2. Vijay Merchant: The Merchant of Runs
3. Lala Amarnath: Lord Byron of Indian Cricket
4. Mushtaq Ali: The King Cavalier
5. Vijay Hazare: The Shy Sheet Anchor
6. Polly Umrigar: The Prince Charming
7. Vijay Manjrekar: Vijay the Third
8. Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi: The Tiger
9. Gundappa Vishwanath: The Supreme Stylist
10. Sunil Gavaskar: The Recorder
11. Dilip Vengsarkar: Chhote Nawab
12. Mohammad Azharuddin: The Artistic Genius
13. Sachin Tendulkar: The Phenomenon

Bowlers:
The Fastest Couple:
14. Mohamed Nissar and Amar Singh
Magical Fingers:
15. Vinoo Mankad: The Persistent Performer
16. Subhash Gupte: The Master Memeriser
The Spin Quartet:
17. Bishen Singh Bedi: Creating Poetry in Geometry
Engineers of Spin:
18. Srinivas Venkatraghavan: The Patient Indian
19. Erapally Prasanna: The Smiling Assassin
An Enigma:
20. Bhagwat Chandrasekhar: The Pied Piper
Jacks-of-All-Traders The All Rounders:
21. Amar Singh: The Earliest All-Rounder
22. Lala Amarnath: The Great All-Rounder
23. Vinoo Mankad: Man of the Moment
24. Kapil Dev: The Haryana Hurricane

Wicket-Keepers:
25. Janardhan Navle
26. Dattaram Hindlekar
27. Narendra Tamhane
28. Farokh Engineer
29. Syed Kirmani

Fielders:
30. Lall Singh
31. Hemu Adhikari
32. Eknath Solkar

The Future
The Millennium Indian Team
The Figures

The Photo Features

Century on Test Debut
Greatest Batting Feats
Greatest Bowling Feats
Greatest All-Round Feats
Greatest Moments in Indian Cricket

Bibliography; Other Books by the Author



Books About India's Cricketers


Indian Cricket
Welcome, John. 'Winning Colours: Selected Racing Writings of Edgar Wallace', 414 page hardcover with dustjacket, 1st Edition, published by Bellew Publishing in 1991. Price:£8.20 (not including postage & packing, which for UK buyers is Amazon's standard £2.80 charge)
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Contents:

The Pat Barrie Reminiscences
My Confessions of Turf Swindlers
How I Fooled Wootton
My £6,000 Swindle
Faking a 10 to 1 Winner
My Most Impudent Swindle
How We Tricked Donoghue
Atty Persse Bluffed
Turf Crooks I've Tricked
The 'Mug' Who Went to Jail
Horses Dizzy with Dope
Super Swindlers of the Turf
The Fake That Failed
Amazing Derby Plot Unamasked
Powdered Glass for a Derby Favourite
Amazing Revelations of Racing Roguery

The Educated Evans Stories
The Brotherhood
Mr Homaster's Daughter
The Coop
The Snout
Mr Kirz buys a five pound special
Micky the Shopper
The Dreamer
The Gift Horse
Straight from the Horse's Mouth
The Goods
The Perfect Lady
The Proud Horse
A Judge of Racing
Through the card

Sportingalities
Lord Derby
Solomon B. Joel
Alec Taylor
Bert Jones
Lord Lonsdale
Lord Astor
Lord Carnarvon

Golden Rules of Racing
Catch your Jockey!
Find a Trainer
Find a Bookie
Racing Stable Secrets

Lord Derby's Racing Memories
A Romance of Thirty Years' Racing
Lord Derby and His Best Horses: Swynford
Lord Derby and His Best Horses: Stedfast
Lord Derby's Tragic Loss
Lord Derby's Home-bred Winners
Lord Derby and Bogey Horses
Lord Derby's Tracing Triumph

The Short Stories
White Stockings
The Girl Who Won at Epsom
The Christmas Cup
Tony Newton-Bookmaker
The Burglary at Goodwood
The Man Who Shot the 'Favourite'
The Derby Favourite
The Great Geneva Sweepstake

 

 
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