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Something for everyone - An all-time classic book
23 June 2016
As a 21-year old lifelong fan of cricket, this book is one that I thoroughly enjoyed despite the fact that it was published in 1985. ODIs were an emerging entity then and the slambang of T20 was a distant reality. For me, this book rekindled a love of the longest and purest format of the game, with all its nuances and nitty-gritties explained by one of the greatest Test captains ever with the help of examples he himself went through. I especially liked reading about the exploits of men such as Dennis Lillee, Ian Botham, Brian Close and other legends of the game, and what made them special along with sections on declarations, use of spinners and the opening chapter on the iconic Botham Test from the 1981 Ashes.
Another thing I would like to point out is that this book contains something for everyone. For long-time fans who have watched Brearley play during their lifetimes, it is a great trip down memory lane and a chance to refresh past memories. For the young cricket fan like myself, it is an opportunity to get to know more about the likes of Lillee and Botham and understand how the game has evolved over the years. For people who just know the rules of the game, the book offers some great insight into the happenings of a player's and captain's life and what are the battles going on within the war during a match.
And last but not least, it contains a plethora of lessons we can use in our daily lives with respect to dealing with people, communication and handling situations. It is a book that has stood the test of time for over 30 years and is still hugely relevant in cricketing and non-cricketing matters. This quality is what makes this book a classic and a must-read for all cricket and sports fans as well as general book lovers.