|Front Cover: Decoding The Craft Of Cricket | Pub: Harper Sports|
I bought this book (The Insider - Decoding the Craft of Cricket) soon after its release mainly because I have been a fan of Aakash Chopra’s columns; and, not to mention, of his commentary, too. Unfortunately, I could never start reading the book immediately, and all for a long time it was sitting pretty on my bookshelf. However, I have read it now and I am happy to share my experience of the book.
Aakash Chopra is a familiar face in the commentary box. And, for those like me who follow cricket writings, would know Aakash can be trusted with his words too.
In his third book, The Insider, Aakash Chopra tries to capture the various nuances involved in the game of cricket: how players think, what goes into making great players, what makes a player successful, how a player fails. He has shed light on mind games that go on between players and teams. What factors determine a player’s form? How a player should prepare for Tests, ODIs, and T20s. How certain players are successful and how some players are not? Why most teams succumb under pressure?
These questions are very familiar and often discussed in cricket discussions and debates. However, there are no easy answers to these ones. Aakash has tried to answer all the questions with élan. While doing so, he has managed to keep the flow and the pace of the narrative smooth and unhindered. There is never a dull moment because the author, through his experience, has shared interesting anecdotes and trivia to make the chapters interesting. And has succeeded with flying colors.