Sunny Days : Sunil Gavaskar's Own Story

Sunny Days : Sunil Gavaskar's Own StorySunny Days Is The Fascinating Record Of The Growth Of India S Greatest Batsman One Whose Astonishing Feats On The Cricket Field Have Had Innumerable Records Rewritten, And Yet Difficult Targets Set.How Did Sunil Manohar Gavaskar Begin And What Were The Early Days Like It Is Not Merely Out Of Curiosity That One May Ask The Question The Knowledge Of The Shaping Up Of The Process Of Greatness Is Essential For A True Understanding Of The Greatness Before We Can Ask The Little Master To Tell Us About The Dizzying Heights Of His Career We Need To Know The Beginning And Sunny Days Is All About It.The Baby Is Switched After Birth, Luckily Restored By An Eagle Eyed Uncle He Grows Up And Almost Breaks His Mother S Nose With A Mighty Hit A Childhood Habit Persisting In Later Life Plays Good Cricket In School And College Graduates Inevitably Through University And Trophy Cricket Is At Times Booed By The Crowd As His Uncle Happens To Be A Selector In Fact All That Could Happen Does Happen To Make Him Reach The Age Of Twenty One, When At Port Of Spain Gavaskar Bursts Upon The Cricket Scene With His Test Debut.The Year Is 1971, Gavaskar S Year, And Sunny Days Have Truly Begun For Indian Cricket By The End Of The 1975 76 Season Gavaskar Has Played 147 First Class Matches, Amassed 11574 Runs And 38 Hundreds He Has Played In 24 Matches In 8 Tests, With 2123 Runs And 8 Hundreds Still Eight Years To Go For The Great Days Of The Kotla And The Chidambaram Stadium But As It Is Said, In The Beginning Is The End.Fluently Written, Self Effacing Modesty Imparting A Rare Grace To The Pages, Sunny Days Is Great To Read. 2.5 Stars, a disppointing read There are many reasons but I think the most imporatant one is that it s not a well timed autobiography It was published in 1976, when Gavaskar was in the 6th year of his international career That s too soon to write an autobiography and probably that was the reason he tried to justify it in his preface but I don t agree with his reasoning I mean, what are the highlights of Gavaskar s career Part of 1983 world cup winning Indian cricket teamMost run in test cricket and first man to score 10,000 test runsMost test centuries broke the record of Sir Don s 29 test 100s Captained India in most number of testEqualled the record of Nawab Pataudi for most win as an Indian test captain Though all his individual records were broken later but they are the ones who defines Gavaskar s career Unfortunatley they all are not in his biography just because he rushed in to writing it sooner than he ought to Though the book covers 2 high points i.e 774 test runs in his debut series and 400 chase in 4th innings of a test but they are not enough and it s not like you can release any updated verion As a result of this what could have been one of the most cherished book in Indian World cricket is just a normal autobiography now I think best time to write an autobiography for a sportsperson is probably just after his retirement like what Sachin did or maybe late in your career when you feel you have achieved enough and the end
Intimate, light hearted account of Sunil Gavaskar s growth as one of the world s greatest batsmen, especially good treatment of his early years. Again..this was a book that was published in 1977 and Gavaskar was yet to hang his boots Often noticed that people scripting autobiographies in the midst of their careers put across their thoughts in a rushed manner Apart from a couple of chapters,
This book is a must read for every cricket romantic After reading you ll certainly feel that Gavaskar, the author is undoubtedly as exquisite as Gavaskar, the batsman Sunny days is easily my favourite cricket book. pure classic Not as candid as Sunny G of today in newspaper columns and commentary box But still, presents a lot about solidity his understanding of the game. Sunny Days Sunil Gavaskar s own story Gavaskar has written about his humble beginning, encouragement towards cricket by his parents and his uncle Madhav Mantri who played test cricket for India as a wicket keeper and batsman When as a young boy , he desired that an Indian cricket cap be given to him as a gift, he was informed that the Indian Cap has to be earned Watching cricket as a child and then playing cricket in school, college, university, club, State, Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, with minimum facilities, he developed as a cricketer on his merit About being selected to play international cricket, he has written about West Indies tour, where the west Indians play to win by hook or crook umpires favouring the home team and not raising their finger on LBW or caught behind or run out, bowling bouncers to bowlers, proper medical aid not available to players England tour the time between two matches was short and players could not rest nor practice at the nets before a new match started In New Zealand and Sri Lanka tour, he has complained about the umpiring aberra
Well written auto biography Though I expected bit of his years but it ended in mid way The book takes the reader to visualize the cricket greats such as Gary Sobers, Richards, Clive Lloyd, Holder and some of the Indian greats Eknath Solka
InsightfulImportant for every die hard fan of Indian cricket to learn how cricket was played back then and hence how it s so much important to appreciate the efforts of the cricketers of yesteryears. My first cricket book ever If only for the nostalgia, its a favourite.