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By Gulu Ezekiel
Cricket Quirky Cricket
By Kersi Meher-Homji
The Cricket Publishing Co (Australia)
Pages: 98; Illustrated.
Back in the 60s and 70s—pre TV and Internet days—when the now-defunct Sportsweek magazine was our only lifeline to international sport, my brother and I would eagerly await the Down Under Diary column written by Sydney-based Kersi Meher-Homji.
So reviewing the latest book of one of my schoolboy heroes is both an honour and a pleasure.
Kersi, like me is fascinated by cricket’s quirks and also the quirks of human nature. This book combines them both in a delightful mix.
It was that twin fascination that was behind my 2007 book, The Penguin Book of Cricket Lists which Kersi has so graciously acknowledged in his book as providing him with “some golden nuggets.” Indeed of all the books I have written I had the most fun writing that particular one. And I bet Kersi too had a ball compiling his book on similar lines.
Kersi, who has been writing on cricket for over 40 years, has some favourite themes on which he has compiled books (this is his 13th). These include ‘ducks’, ‘nervous 90s’ and famous cricket families and he has skillfully incorporated them into this book as well. I don’t want to give too much away as that would spoil some of the fun of dipping into this fun little book.
There are some nice photos too though almost all of Australians, understandable since this is targeted at his home market. Kersi has always expertly combined his knowledge of both Indian and Australian cricket, though he freely admits that Indian batting maestro Vijay Hazare is his all-time favourite.
The book is divided into 17 chapters my favourite being ‘Eye-catching Headlines’. Again, I don’t want to give any away.
Australia’s ace fast bowler of the 80s, Geoff ‘Henry’ Lawson—who is qualified both as an optometrist and cricket coach--has written a delightful foreword to this delightful book. Cricket fans will love dipping into it.
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