Originally Posted by watson
I think that things would be easier to comprehend if you had followed/participated in the actual ATG Indian XI thread and therefore knew more about Amar Singh, or even Chandra and Prasanna.
Those 3 players might be confusing to people who don't know Indian cricket very well. I'd never heard of Amar Singh up until a week ago.
I fully appreciate that. Exactly the point I am trying to make in the The importance of cricket history and literature . . .
I agree it is tough to know about players in the eras gone by but trust me it would be worthwhile to read up a bit on them. Fortunately a lot of the cricket writers like Cardus, Thomson, Swanton, Ray Robinson, Bailey, Batchelor, Fingleton etc make fabulous reading for they are masters of the written word as well. You know, second hand cricket books do not cost a lot. It is the new ones from the modern day writers that are so expensive. It is not difficult to buy second hand Carduses etc and start building a library from a young man's pocket money these days.
We had no clue where to get a Cardus from. I had to beg on my bended knees from my coach to part with his Cardus books, one at a time and with a strict instruction to return each within 48 hours. . . . and I dared not dog ear a single page let alone allow a drop of tea to fall on a page
Start reading Cardus and the chances are you will be hooked.