If you are in love with fairytales and happy endings, especially the kinds you get to see in movies such as Chak De! India, then this book — Out of the Blue - Rajasthan’s Road to Ranji Trophy — is just meant for you. A true story authored by cricketer Aakash Chopra, the book pens the dream run of Rajasthan team to their first ever Ranji Trophy title.
“This book is a real fairytale story with Rajasthan going on to win Ranji Trophy. We were not expecting to win as we were the team ranked right at the bottom in 2010. It is after 77 years of Ranji Trophy that this has happened, and this historic win deserved to be documented,” says Chopra, who was a part of the team.
The book not only shows Rajasthan’s journey to the top but also showcases the lives of 15 individuals who were a part of this journey. “The stories of these players are heart-rending. This victory was very different for them. One player, who is an orphan, dedicated it to his parents and another got rid of his father’s debt,” says the batsman, who played for the Indian cricket team from late 2003 until late 2004.
Chopra believes a good sports book should not court controversies. “I don’t need the crutches of controversy to sell my book. It is motivational and honest enough for people to pick it up,” he says.
In 2009, Chopra was named as one of the probable suspects when the Fake IPL Player controversy hit the Indian Premier League. Chopra, who was with the Kolkata Knight Riders at that time, says it was a very bad experience for him. “At one level it is a compliment because people think that you are the only one who can write. But otherwise one feels bad to be dragged into something that you have not even done. At the time they kept writing about me, but once the truth came out, they just forgot about me, no on clarified things with me, even though I was just a phone call away,” says the Delhi boy.
Talking about his life in Delhi, he says, “My life was spent on different grounds. Started in Roshanara Rohtak road, moving on to Rajdhani College, then Venky, Feroz Shah Kotla and then to Jamia Millia Islamia. These are the places I identify with growing up years in Delhi,” he says. The 34-year-old cricketer is also working on his third book. The tentative title of the book is, the Insider and is expected to be out by mid 2012.
My life was spent on different grounds, started in Roshanara Rohtak Road... on to Venky, then Jamia Milia Islamia .
On fake player controversy
They kept writing about me, but once the truth came out, no one clarified things with me.