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first_img Aasheesh Sharma July 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 09:47 IST Pakistan lost to India in a crucial match this World Cup.As the ICC World Cup enters into a decisive phase, two well-regarded chroniclers of the gentleman’s game have timed their literary forays like a Virat Kohli cover drive. With a foreword by Yuvraj Singh, Vijay Lokapally’s World Cup Warriors is a bouquet of the profiles of members of the present-day Indian cricket team, written in breezy, accessible prose.Covering sports for the Hindu group (media organisation) since 1986, Lokapally says one of the reasons he chose to write about the current lot of cricketers is that the shelf life of nostalgia is diminishing at a quick clip with the advent of the worldwide web. “Revisiting the past wasn’t a great idea in the Internet age where everything from the 1975 World Cup final, to India’s iconic victories is available on YouTube”, explains the seasoned journalist.The sketches of the team members by Mumbai-based caricaturist and sports writer Austin Coutinho have lent enormous value to World Cup Warriors. The book profiles the Boys in Blue playing in the World Cup in individual chapters and traces their rise to the playing eleven. At the end of every chapter on a current player are remarks from a former World Cup veteran. So, you have Kapil Dev observing how much Virat Kohli has evolved since he took over India’s captaincy, LS Sivaramakrishnan giving line and length advice to Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, that original ODI dasher, appreciating Shikhar Dhawan’s instinct to attack from the word go.Lokapally says Virat’s Boys are a gifted group. “This team is special for the simple reason that you have a competent player at every position. We have two spinners who complement each other beautifully and in Bumrah, Bhuvi and Shami, three of the quickest and smartest exponents of seam bowling.”advertisementAn award-winning sports journalist and presenter, Nikhil Naz, who grew up admiring the writing of Gideon Haigh and Peter Roebuck, makes his debut as author with Miracle Men. The book’s strong point is Naz’s deep dive into the socio-economic scene of the UK of the 1980s, a time when Thatcherism was at its peak and the antiimmigrant sentiment bordering on racism gaining momentum. Naz captures the zeitgeist of the era through movies and music popular at that time, which runs like a soulful background score to the cricketing narrative. Also, he relies heavily on accounts by senior cricket writer Ayaz Memon, a rookie on his first big assignment and celebrated TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, then playing club cricket in England. Memon and Sardesai first appear as cameos that gain a life of their own as the narrative moves towards the crescendo at Lord’s.So, what was so special about the class of 83 that made Naz research its triumph, 36 years later? “I was just four in 1983. But over the years I kept hearing about how magical the team of 1983 was. Certain moments stood out in people’s accounts such as Sandhu’s dismissal of Greenidge and Kapil Dev’s catch of Viv Richards but there was no one comprehensive account of the victory.”Asked about the difference between Kapil’s Devils of 1983 and today’s team, Naz says Virat Kohli’s boys are riding high on confidence. “The Indians of today have the swagger of Australians and West Indians of that time. They are the billionaires of the IPL and the envy of the world. They are one of the strong favourites and are expected to win. Kapil’s team on the other hand were rank underdogs. That is why the triumph in 1983 was a miracle that changed cricket in the subcontinent. It was the reason Sachin Tendulkar decided to become a cricketer.”WORLD CUP WARRIORS: THE BOYS IN BLUE VIJAY LOKAPALLY, BLOOMSBURY; Rs 250EXTRACTRohit Sharma’s journey is almost like folklore. His parents lived in Dombivli, a suburb of Mumbai, where he did not have access to good cricket facilities. They were reserved for the city boys. ‘I have seen many players from the suburbs leave the game because they did not get level playing field. Without adequate coaching and training facilities, it was hard for them to compete with the city boys,’ said his coach Dinesh Lad, who lost little time in shifting Rohit from Dombivli to Borivali to enable him to enjoy proper cricket coaching.Coming closer to the city was no assurance for Rohit to pursue cricket. He had to attend school, which meant coughing up a monthly fee. It was a challenge. Rohit, the first grandchild in the family, was brought up at his uncle’s place. The Telugu-speaking parents of Rohit willingly allowed the move to facilitate their son’s love for cricket at the Swami Vivekanand School, where Lad was the coach.advertisement’His uncle needed to be persuaded to send Rohit to this school. He was very reluctant, and it took me time to discover his predicament,’ remembered Lad. It was tough for Rohit’s uncle to pay the monthly school fee of Rs 275. The donation had been waived but the monthly fee had to be paid. Lad was imparting cricket coaching for free at the school and requested the authorities to make an exception in Rohit’s case. ‘He was very good at cricket and I pleaded with the principal to waive off the tuition fees. I was so relieved when he agreed,’ said Lad. Lazy elegance marks his batting. ‘Right-handed David Gower’-as observed by a cricketer once. Gower was known for his silken stroke sweet timing, which also adorns Rohit’s show at the crease.MIRACLE MAN: THE GREATEST UNDERDOG STORY IN CRICKET NIKHIL NAZ, HACHETTE INDIA; Rs 399EXTRACTThe Indian team walks out to jeers and jibes from the hostile, predominantly West Indian crowd. The taunts are largely ignored. Except by Gavaskar. A revered figure in the West Indies, he’s indulging the partisan crowd, conversing with them in their patois, with a Trinidadian accent to boost, practised and mastered during his numerous trips to the islandIn the Caribbean that Sandhu lived one of his most special moments on the cricket field. Getting both Haynes and Greenidge – the finest opening partnership in the world – in quick succession during the Port of Spain test, only three months ago. Greenidge’s dismissal was special. Sandhu got the ball to jag back sharply after pitching and it dislodged the master batsman’s stumps. Now, once again, he finds Greenidge at the other end. Once again, he’s tempted to bowl an inswinger. But the end from which he is bowling is conducive to outswingers. Thanks largely to Lord’s famous slope Plus, the words of his skipper last evening are ringing in his head: ‘Oye, sardar, concentrate on outswing. Only outswingers get you wickets at the international level.’ Sandhu runs in with ball in hand, the seam facing the on-side. Greenidge is facing the 12th ball.But this time he chooses not to face it at all. Expecting another outswinger, he shoulders arms to a ball pitched outside off stump, allowing the well-deceived inswinger to kiss his off stump. Sandhu defied his skipper, but the ball obeyed the sardar’s ordersRajdeep is gloating. ‘He’s my friend, he’s my friend,’ he’s yelling in joy Sandhu is his cricketing buddy.In Bombay, accomplished gully cricketers – Sachin Tendulkar, Avinash Gowariker, Harshad Kulkarni and Ketan Mazumdar – have broken into an impromptu jig watching the Greenidge dismissal. Even before their unsynchronized gyration can come to a halt, Doordarshan, the national broadcaster, has switched to its pre-scheduled programmes of news bulletins and self-help features for farmers.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Tags :Follow CricketFollow SportsFollow BooksFollow World Cup Next Seems like team spiritTwo books released during the ICC World Cup celebrate the rise of India as a cricketing power, writes Aasheesh Sharmaadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Urgent appeal to trace girl missing after car stolen #Leyton #ChadwellHeath https://t.co/3AILcPKUT1 pic.twitter.com/rHvPVaQ8kl— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 16, 2017 Police have found a six-year-old girl who was in a car that was taken while she was sitting in the back seat.Beatrice Felicia was sitting in the rear of her father’s brown VW Passat when a man who came to buy the car jumped in driver’s seat and drove off, police said earlier on Tuesday. A London-wide search was launched to trace the girl who was in the car when it was taken at around 6.30pm on Tuesday in Leyton, east London.She was found in the same area by her grandmother at about 9pm. No arrest has been made.Police had said the girl’s father met with an unknown man in Leyton High Road, with a view to selling his car.But the man jumped into the car and drove away with the girl sitting in the back seat of the car when it was taken. A Met spokesman said: “At this stage it is not known how and where Beatrice got out of the car, nor the exact location where she was seen by her grandmother.”Neither Beatrice nor her grandmother speak English, they will be spoken to by police officers in due course.”Police are still trying to trace the suspect and the car.The suspect is described as Asian and aged in his 30s with short dark hair and a dark beard, and he was wearing a dark jacket with white fur lining on the hood and green Nike TN trainers.The car was last seen heading towards the Chadwell Heath area.center_img Missing girl Beatrice Felicia found in #Leyton – thanks for your help and RTs https://t.co/BjH68sa5pM pic.twitter.com/bJWYJSJgrW— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 16, 2017 A man who works at the Jet Petrol Station said: “I remember the daddy was crying outside, but I didn’t see the girl or I didn’t see the kidnapper.”last_img read more

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