World Cup Cricket Companion
Qaiser Muhammad Ali
Price: Rs 150
Coming out about a month before the World Cup, World Cup Cricket Companion is a ready reckoner for every cricket lover from Kolkata’s Maidan to Mumbai’s Shivaji Park. There are statistics, more statistics and analyses of the seven world cups so far and a special section on the composition and strengths of the present Indian team. The stats bring you right up to the ICC Champions Trophy held in Sri Lanka in September last year and the Test records are updated till the India-West Indies series that ended in November last.
The world cup companion is packed with information on most things that you would like to know: the schedule of matches, venue profiles, team profiles along with brief sketches of players, match referees and umpires, and the rules of the game.
Qaiser Mohammad Ali, a cricket journalist, has a separate section of interviews — done specially for the book — which carries views of top former cricketers and captains. Kapil Dev, India’s only World Cup winning captain to date, speaks about the 1983 win and says the Indians should do well in South Africa. Also interviewed are Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag, mainstays of the current Indian team. Sehwag says after lifting the Natwest Trophy and Champions Trophy, India would “surely win the World Cup”. Importantly, captain Sourav Ganguly, who has written the foreword to the book, says he is not prepared to predict the outcome of the tournament but feels the Indians would do well if the players performed to their potential. Some of that optimism would be missing now, though. The interviews and the foreword predate India’s tour of New Zealand. But then, as every cricket commentator will tell you, cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties and anything can happen out there.