Book Review: ‘The Great Indian Cricket Circus’ by Abhishek Mukherjee and Joy Bhattacharjya

Diving Deep into the Heart of Indian Cricket: The Great Indian Cricket Circus

Book Title: The Great Indian Cricket Circus: Amazing Facts, Stats and Everything in Between
Author: Abhishek Mukherjee and Joy Bhattacharjya
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Number of Pages: 456
ISBN: 978-9356991156
Date Published: Sept. 20, 2023
Price: INR 432

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The year 2023 holds special significance for cricket enthusiasts in India as the country gears up to host the 13th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup after a hiatus of 12 years. The memories of India’s triumph in the 2011 World Cup, led by the charismatic M.S. Dhoni, still resonate, and anticipation builds as the Indian team’s stellar performance in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 raises questions among opponents and fans alike about how to halt their unstoppable momentum. Will Rohit Sharma, The Indian Captain, rewrite the 2011 history?

In a nation marked by religious discord and societal divisions, cricket emerges as the unifying force that transcends boundaries. The zeal for the game pulsates every Indian, transforming cricket matches into national celebrations. From the vast grounds to the narrow balconies of Mumbai’s chawls, cricket is not merely a sport but a cultural phenomenon. Children across the country dream of becoming the next cricketing legend, and the passion for the game courses through the veins of every Indian, making it a collective nirvana that binds the nation together.

In this connection, “The Great Indian Cricket Circus,” penned by Abhishek Mukherjee and Joy Bhattacharjya, embarks on a captivating literary expedition, unveiling enthralling episodes, anecdotes, and a wealth of facts and statistics drawn from the rich tapestry of Indian cricket history. This dynamic exploration takes readers on a spirited journey spanning over a century, immersing them in the intricacies of matches and players and the vibrant world of passionate fans, unforgettable scores, idiosyncratic commentators, and legendary stadiums.

Authored by Joy Bhattacharjya, a cricket analyst with Cricbuzz, and Abhishek Mukherjee, the content head at Wisden India, the book is a supremely entertaining compilation of bewildering events, surprising anecdotes, and cool facts. Catering to cricket enthusiasts, trivia lovers, and anyone seeking entertainment, it encapsulates the essence of Indian cricket in an engaging and enlightening manner.

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The Great Indian Cricket Circus” is a thematic exploration of Indian cricket, weaving together anecdotes, statistics, and trivia that delve into the game’s history, anthropology, and cultural context. The authors provide unique stories and insights, satisfying the curiosity of cricket enthusiasts, history buffs, and those intrigued by the softer traits of players. Through its diverse chapters and nuggets of information, the book offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry that is Indian cricket, inviting readers to ponder and appreciate the profound impact of this sport on the nation’s collective identity. The book’s colorful caricatured cover image and comfortable paraphrasing font make the reading more enjoyable. Good luck, INDIA!!!!

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