For all Cricket enthusiasts, this book is essential reading.It covers match winning bowling spells in all three formats of the game : tests, one day internationals and T20. In addition, it dwells upon cricketers who did well in first class matches but were destined not to represent their country as a result of circumstances. What is striking is the meticulous research, bringing to life little known cricketers from the nineteenth century such as George Lohmann,Johnny Briggs, Albert Trott, as well as long forgotten cricketers from Canada and the United States such as Jack Laing and Bart King.There is no mention of spells by greats such as Fred Trueman, Michael Holding Graham Mckenzie or Muttiah Muralitharan. This may be due to the fact that Anindya's bar is set rather high, with the criteria being 19 wickets in a match.Also, his rigid adherence to regulatory compliance as an international banker may have prevented him from writing about Murali.Over the last couple of decades, the epicentre of world Cricket has well and truly shifted from London to Mumbai.The emergence of Cricket writers from India such as Anindya epitomises this trend.Once he hangs up his boots as an investment banker, he could well become a worthy successor to the late John Arlott.
Great compilation of the Best, Hostile, stunning and nostalgic cricket bowling spells since the beginning of cricket history with full synopsis of the match along with full scorecards. All formats of the games Test, ODIs, T20, First class is covered in the book. The authors has classified all the spells into several interesting sections (would be a spoiler to revel). Worth the money
This has to be rated one of the best cricket books written in recent times. I came across it last week among new cricket books released recently , and was unable to put it down since I got my copy. I have been following cricket for a few decades and am an avid reader of books on its history. It is definitely the only book I have come across that delves deeply into the subject of single bowling spells, a topic that has precious little research available. Dutta has looked at the topic from various angles like Tests, ODI, T20, as well as quirky perspectives like Debut and Farewell spells,and brought to life bowlers and spells I knew little about. The research and spells span almost 150 years of cricket history. What I liked best however was that each spell is described as if one is watching the match live. A completely unique way of presenting such a difficult topic. I just realised that this is Dutta's second book. This weekend I will pick up the first for sure. Keep them coming!
Anindya is a master raconteur. A book about bowlers the unsung heroes on the cricket field. Wonderfully written, delving in to unexplored territory in sports journalism. We all know about hirwanis dream debut or aqib javeds hat trick against India. But Anindya goes beyond the boundaries and recreates for us chapters from long forgotten times and long forgotten cricket playing nations. A must have on every book shelf. PS: I am a father of 3 sons aged 21 17 and 15. Unfortunately none of then seem to enjoy reading. A few years down the line they will tell their kids that the 1st book they read was SPELL BINDING SPELLS. Thanks Anindya owe you big time.
A spellbinding book that I could not put down once I picked it and started reading!! A must-read for any cricket lover, this book took me back in time to some of the most thrilling cricket matches that have been played and how. In cricket, the batsman is typically the glorified superstar, but this book brings the limelight back onto the bowlers. I could feel the pulse of the game and those rare, magical overs beings bowled right in front of me.
The book is extremely well researched and filled with anecdotes, examples and little-known facts, that makes it a compelling read for all lovers of the game. The author has covered all formats of the game – Test match, ODI, T20, debut, and farewell spells, and would be a great read for aspiring cricketers.
I'm writing this review on a day when India is subject to one of the most hostile ODI bowling attacks in some time, on a greentop. Lakmal has ripped through India's top order with 4-13 in 10 overs before Dhoni managed to steady the innings. Had he taken a few more, Anindya might have rued publishing this wonderful book a bit early!
This book introduces the reader to bowlers both known and unknown who have delivered inspiring spells through history. I loved reading it due to the memories it brought back of great bowling attacks and performances I saw when I was young and an avid bowler myself. The short biographies at the end of each spell are also illuminating, as are the complete scorecards. Anindya had clearly gone into a lot of research while writing the book, and the result is evident. As he and VVS highlighted at the beginning, batsmen usually get the limelight in this great game, so it was about time the balance was restored with a book about bowlers. I highly recommend this book to readers young and old!
Having grown up in the city of joy, became a natural cricket enthusiast. However after reading Anindya's book (also his first book The Gentleman's game) I have learnt so much more about the history and about the games played well before my times. What I love about the book is the style of writing which keeps you glued. The assimilation of details and the details to the details are really fun to read not to mention enlightening. Highly recommended read... both this book and more so his first book "The Gentleman's Game". History has never before been as interesting for me. Looking forward to the next one from Anindya Dutta!
Though there are so many books on cricket from skills to the greatest test matches and biographies too. But the book 'spell binding spells..' is the story of bowlers' efforts in adverse situations. Anindya Dutta has honestly placed magical moments from each format of this game. Hats off to Dutta. This book is a MUST read for cricket lovers.
Outstanding piece of work. The research and detailing is phenomenal. There are very few books on bowling spells and it's good to see one. I was intrigued to find out what was in there that I didn't already know having followed cricket for decades. The book definitely surprised on the upside with the names the author had picked, the little nuggets of information, research especially on the pre-WW1 matches. I would have liked to see more of the domestic matches covered as opposed to T20. Recommended reading for those who love the game and not just the players.
....This is the best book I have ever read.have.been following the game for the last 35 years..This book is a tribute to bowlers,their amazing spells certainly deserve their due...For all the cricket lovers/crazies this book is essential reading..Congrats Anindya....Very well written......