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If the World Cup is here, can the quiz book be far behind? This book seems to have been rustled hurriedly, but without harming its quality.

books Updated: Feb 06, 2003 09:47 IST
Saibal Chatterjee
Saibal Chatterjee

The Ultimate World Cup Cricket Quizbook
Mudar Patherya and Ravikant Srivastava

Reference, Sports
Pages: 135
Price: Rs 125

If the cricket World Cup is here again, can the ultimate quiz book be far behind? This Penguin publication might have been rustled up in a bit of rush to beat the deadline, but that, mercifully, hasn’t rubbed off on the book’s overall quality.

The fact that the authors are a pair of cricket fanatics for whom this is a labour of love obviously helps. Mudhar Patherya began life as a cricket journalist although his current vocation – financial consultancy – has kept him away from active cricket writing for over a decade. Scorer-statistician Ravi Kant Srivastava has been involved with the game since the mid-1960s.

Their collaborative effort has yielded a lively compilation of questions that are likely to arouse the interest not just of diehard cricket buffs but also of lay followers of the great game. The 600 questions in the book are split into 100 ‘overs’ of six ‘balls’ each much like in an actual one-day match.

The format lends itself to a variety of uses. You could read the quiz book from the first set of questions to the last, or subject your knowledge of World Cup history to random tests or conduct the entire exercise simply like a game. No matter what you choose to do with the book, it is designed to provide great entertainment.

One little gripe: the discrepancy in the spelling of the name of one of the authors isn’t quite in keeping with the general quality of the book. Srivastava is Ravikant on the cover and Ravi Kant everywhere else. That must surely go down as a no ball.

First Published: Feb 04, 2003 14:42 IST