Books of note:
this post lists some of my favorite cricket books. detailed elaboration on these will follow in due course.
some links will not be out of place here.
Suresh Menon has a nice post about books he would take to an island.
CHandrahas Choudhury of The Middle Stage has a neat essay
about Indian cricket writing. His descriptions of Sujit Mukherjee are wonderful and warm. Btw, his other essays are well worth a read too.
some fine cricket books i have read are:
1. picador book of cricket, edited by ramachandra guha
this is a wide ranging anthology reproducing essays by classic masters like clr james, neville cardus, jack fingleton, ray robinson among others. the section “styles and themes” has certain picteresque essays. it also has some idiosyncratic pieces
2.the masters of cricket by jack fingleton
3.days in the sun by neville cardus
4. pundits from pakistan, rahul bhattacharya
5.the joy of cricket, edited by john bright-holmes
6.46 not out, by r c robertson-glasgow
7. cricket on the brain, by bernard hollowood
8.australian cricket anecdotes by gideon haigh
9.autobiography of an unknown indian by sujit mukherjee.
10. beyond the boundary, by clr james
can anything more (or different)be said about this book. it has somehow become the Bible of cricket. it may be many sided and flawed but is revered by pundits and connoisseurs alike. it straddles cricket literature like a colossus…..to use a Shakespearian quote used by James himself..
Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus, and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
11. cricket, by clr james
12. the states of indian cricket by ramachandra guha.