Originally Posted by archie mac
Some great authors on that list SJS. Did you read the review of AA Thomson's 'Cricket My Pleasure' on our site?
There are quite a few on your list I have not read, I recently picked up a copy of 'A Walk to The Wicket' . So I will have too read that one soon. Also have a copy of the Ranji book but have not read it as yet
You once told me about a couple of books to do with Indian cricket, I wrote them down but have now lost the list, can you remember them? I told you at the time that I had just finished 'A Corner of a Foreign Field' by Guha
No I didnt read the review but I have Cricket My Pleasure By AAT. I am a great fan of his and buy any of his books I come across. Ditto with Cardus.
Ranji's book is great because it gives you an insight into how the game has progressed techniquewise.It has many pictures of old timers showing off their strokes and stances and I found that fascinating too. I am trying to collect cricket coaching books down the last 200 years for some research work. So its of great interest to me. Otherwise everyone may not find it such a great read
On Indian cricket one of the books I recommend is Rajan Bala's The Covers Are Off.
You have to forget the poor editing and poorer photographs. Rajan was a passionate cricket journalist (still writes off and on) and hugely interested in the inside-politics of Indian cricket. I have met him twice at a friends place and it was fascinating to hear him discuss the politics of the game in India in a very intimate knowing manner. This was not gossip heard from the party circle but first hand account of his interactions with the personalities involved. Rajan being a highly respected journalist was on very intimate terms with most Indian top cricketers and administrators of the sixties, seventies and eighties.
You have already read Guha's book. Other than these I cant think of any really good books to recommend.
I like Rajinder Amarnaths book on his father The Makings of A Legend - Lala Amarnath
. Again I like it because of the historical events and the internal goings on in Indian Cricket before I was born. It may not interest those not familiar with Indian Cricket. I found it fascinating.