A CENTURY IS NOT ENOUGH- My roller coaster ride to success : Saurav Ganguly.
Books on sports and sports persons is a newly acquired reading habit. In the last 5 years, would have read more than a dozen books. Needless to say, a large number of these have been on cricket and cricketers. ( Followed by Tennis). Some of the more memorable ones are A Corner of a Foreign Field by Ramachandra Guha, Wounded Tiger – The history of Cricket in Pakistan by Peter Oborne and two outstanding autobiographies of Tennis legends : Open by Andre Agassi and Unstoppable by Maria Sharapova. The worst outing was the Sachin autobiography in collaboration with Boria Mazumdar : Playing it my way, closely followed by Democracy’s XI by Rajdeep Sardesai.
So when the new book of Saurav Ganguly ( my all time favourite) hit the book stands, bought it promptly and I now have a confession to make…finished it in one sitting.
This is not an autobiography which starts in a maternity home in Behala and covers all his life till his retirement – but only a few cricketing moments which are important in the celebrated stylist’s life – his no holds barred views on them and what he learnt out of them. And if you have a man who doesn’t call a spade a spade but a bloody shovel…you are guaranteed an interesting book with remarkable insights with great acuity and precision…..and which will go down as one of the better sports books that I have read.
There is a lot to learn from a remarkable player and an inspirational captain….who got us our self belief back…after the match fixing days of his predecessor…and won us tournaments in India and abroad…..by leading from the front and thru a great display of leadership…..a very interesting and well written book….my only complaint being it is too short….should have covered more of the great man’s life.
Sachin Tendulkar has more batting records and centuries, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman had better craft and also possibly averages, Dhoni has more successes as the leader of the team but if one has to pick up the five most charismatic players in Indian cricket in the last 50 years……who combine style, success, attitude, aggression talent and chutzpah - possibly Saurav Ganguly figures on the top of the list…in my list in the company of ML Jaisimha, Salim Durrani, Tiger Pataudi and our new cricketing boss…Virat Kohli.
Neatly split into three parts, Saurav takes us thru his initial days, then half a dozen chapters on his days as the Captain and the final part which seems to be the most painful for him is his being in and out of the team despite superlative performance, his days as the Kolkatta Knight Riders Captain to finally hanging up his boots on his own terms.
I think destiny has not been kind on him. From his initial struggles where it took him almost 4 years to be a regular fixture in the team to being victimized by the all powerful Greg Chappels to his see-saw equation with the KKR team owners – he possibly needed to be handled with greater grace in life by the powers that be for the services he rendered to the Indian cricket team. While he does not hold it against Dravid, one can sense an undercurrent of bitterness about his good friend and one gets a feeling that if Dravid stuck his neck out, Saurav would have been dealt better by the establishment.
In an era of oh-so-politically correct cricket players ( think Sachin / Rahul / VVS), it is gratifying to know of one man who could take on the establishment if required if he was convinced that he was doing the right thing for the game. His insistence on backing newcomers to the hilt guaranteeing them a full series when on board has given India a whole bunch of flamboyant match winning players….like Sehwag, Bhajji, Yuvraj and also to a certain extent, the venerable Dhoni.
The Prince of Kolkatta as Geoff Boycott fondly referred to him is now onto a new career as an administrator and is one of the few administrators who has played the game at the highest levels. And with his courage of conviction, hopefully will do a lot of good to the game in the background as he did it in the foreground as a cricketer.
Enjoyed reading A Century Is Not Enough: My Roller-Coaster Ride To Success...biography of Sourav Ganguly with Gautam Bhattacharya. Took me about 4 hrs. Quite racy stuff, full of anecdotes not published elsewhere. Story of how Sourav moulded himself into a Champion cricketer and captain and who inspired and influenced his decisions and thoughts. Excellent read for budding cricketers to cope with the ups n downs of their careers. Would have liked Sourav's view on his decision to field first in the World Cup final in 2003 and his relationship with his other buddy Rahul Dravid with whom he has shared many memorable partnerships. Mostly written in first person, very conversational easy to comprehend language used, very racy like a James Headly chase thriller. Could have included better quality pictures and anecdotes of his formative year's playing with his gifted elder brother Snehasish Ganguly at their Behala home cricket pitch. How he had scored 11 goals at the St. Xaviers ground which remains a record till date and how he changed his decision and became a cricketer instead. Not much has been mentioned about his lifestyle or friends other than cricketers also. I'm sure there will be a sequel to this book. Waiting eagerly.
Mixed feeling after reading this. Writing is easy, lucid but at times pace is slow and boring. Spoken about some of the controversies. His take on life, family, friends and learnings. But still felt something missing, that could be only me, as not a fan of any sort of biography. Hard bind book, fonts are easy to read. Could have use a little better quality print materials. Overall a good read.
Good read - while it could have had a chapter covering the iconic matches in more detail and a chapter on who Ganguly considers his best XI India or world - an autobiography from an Indian Player is rare compared to the ones churned out in Eng/Aus/NZ - buy it !
Good book, but could have thrown light on 1) Early Childhood 2) School and College Life 3) Entry into Cricket 4) Older Brother 5) Love life 6) Register Marriage 7) Final Match and Farewell 8) Natwest Final and 2001 Kolkatta Test 9) Best Dressing Room Moments 10) Best Friends in Team 11) Other Controveries
As an avid fan of Sourav, this book was slightly disappointing to not have much info on the above areas. An awesome read though, a captain’s perspective has never been illustrated so well.
📖Title:- A century is not enough 🖋️Author:- Sourav Ganguly & Gautam Bhattacharya 🗞️Publisher:- Juggernaut 🖌️Genre:- Autobiography 🔠Language:- English 📖Format:- Hardcover 🏏COVER & TITLE :-The cover of the book is attractive along with the enthusiastic title. 🏏SYNOPSIS:-The book is all about Sourav Ganguly's Cricketing journey and life.This book has all the emotions a cricketer have in his life Journey.When he first selected for Indian cricket team it is an enthusiastic moment when it is said "MAHARAJ,YOU ARE IN".But it is his misfortune that he dropped from the side by just playing a single match.Then he struggled hard in domestic circuit to prove himself worthy enough to belong Indian national cricket team.The way he described his first test ton in Lord's ground is inspirational.He got the chance to lead team India & his bonding with John Wright gave Indian team enormous success specially in foreign soil where Indian team always played as a underdog.The moment when he removed his t-shirt and waving in lord's balcony gave a new rise to Young Indian cricket team which is lead by Sourav Ganguly. But after the departure of John Wright there is a sudden transition & "THE MOST DARKEST PHASE OF INDIAN CRICKET" has been witnessed.The new coach Mr. Greg Chappell on his first encounter started playing games with Sourav to terminate him from the captaincy and even if he wanted to drop him from the team & finally able to succeed in his machination.Then he played hard struggled again to get back into Indian cricket team again.The advisement that time "mein aapka dada bhule toh nahi" make everyone's heart cry.He finally able to comeback into the team & the first innings in SA made an impact in every Indian cricket fan's heart. That proved he is an fighter. 🏏MY RATING :- Cover & Title - 4/5 Synopsis - 5/5 Writing & language - 5/5 Description - 5/5 Classic moments - 4.5/5 🏏 OVERALL - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 🏏 RECOMMENDATION :- To every Cricket lover.
Well, I'm not a big reader and my graph of being a passionate cricket fan has been declining over the years. The first two books on cricket I bought were Sachin's bio and this one. After finishing off Sachin's bio, I picked up this one. What a change!!! As someones review said, this book does not begin from the maernity ward to retirement,like I would say Sachin's does. While that was a chronological list of events in Sachin's life, this is as the caption says... A roller coaster ride. When you read this book you feel Sachin's was a rather smooth ride except for the injuries. While Dada has batted it out, actually battled it out all by himself.
This is not a cricketing autobiography, but also a self help motivational book, it's a book for life and it tells you how strong people make it thru the vicissitudes. This book has a story line, and Dada has gone thru so much that there can be a movie made out of him. I've always liked dadas style of leadership on the field, but to know he's also an introverted person is something that people don't know. Well, if you want to get motivated, if you are in the downs and if you want to hear dadas story, go read this book. I'm sure you'll not regret it. While Sachin is a God figure for many, Dada is the fighter... A man becomes hard only when Iron is poured into hot furnace.
An autobiography released by Dada, a decade after his retirement, is still engaging. Many of the events described in the book are still fresh in my memory, as a fan going through what the greatest Indian captain was up against, throughout his cricketing career. Despite the runs, wickets or captaincy, there was always a bulls-eye aimed at Sourav Ganguly. In his own ways, Dada battled and overcome all the obstacles and left in his own terms, a premature retirement as it would have been, for a veteran still in his prime. He didn't have the luck of a Sachin Tendulkar or Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but it was his grit that carried him all the way.
He's written his autobiography at a time he's well established post-cricket. If he had written the same book in 2008 or 2009, I'm sure he would have shared a lot more of what he had gone through, in even more detail. This is a mellowed-down version, but still engaging for the avid Indian cricket follower !