As Shoaib Akhtar gets set to release his autobiography, Controversially Yours, our comments page editor Indrajit Hazra goes down the memory lane and brings out some of the best books on the world of cricket.
Beyond a Boundary by C.L.R James
This book is not only about cricket but also about politics and how postcolonial societies like West Indies looked at cricket as a means to break out of its colonial past. James mixes social commentary and history while talking about the game.
A Corner Of A Foreign Field by Ram Chandra Guha
Guha's book talks about different kinds of cricket - it's basically an Indian history of a British sport. Guha explores the journey of how cricket managed to go through class-structural differences and how it breaks down class barriers and turned a gentleman's game into a sport of the common people.
Head On: Autobiography of Botham
I remember reading the autobiography of Botham. He was one of the holy trinity of all around cricket. His book was not just great in terms of cricket but also in the behind the field moments like smoking marijuana before matches.
Douglas Jardine Spartan Cricketer by Christopher Douglas
It's an amazing tale of the intense drama between extremely rival countries, Australia and England in which Jardine is pitted against the greatest batsman of all Don Bradman.
Sealed With A Six: The Story of 2011 World Cup
It's the Official version of each match of 2011 world cup being played and written in a nice way. It's not just television commentary written down in words, but an engaging, it's an immersion into a world not just of a cricket fan but also of writing.