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Wisden India Almanack 2018
From Bradman to Kohli - Best of India-Australia Test Cricket
Kersi Meher-Homji - Forewords by Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border

Published by:
The Cricket Publishing Company
NSW, Australia

Phone: (61 2) 9634 7029
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ISBN: 978-0-9597045-8-7
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Pages: 150
Price: Australian $ 45

My friend for over 40 years, Kersi Meher-Homji has brought out his 15th book on cricket, From Bradman to Kohli following his Six Appeal, Cricket's Great All-rounders, Cricket Conflicts and Controversies, Famous Cricketing Families, Out for a Duck and the best-seller The Waugh Twins.

At present, apart from the Ashes, no cricket series arouses as much interest as the Australia-India Test matches. Thrills and spills, conflicts and controversies colour Test series between these two great cricketing nations.

Each India-Australia Test series - 25 in all - is detailed in the book, featuring the highlights and spine-tingling matches apart from the interesting stories, not too common statistics and quirky snippets.

Kersi has remarked: "From Bradman and Benaud in the 1940s and 1960s to Tendulkar and Kohli in the 1990s and 2010s, what a journey! The book tries to encapsulate all the highs and lows, ecstasies and agonies of Test cricket between the two cricket-crazy countries.

India's tour of Australia in 2007-08, according to Kersi, will be remembered more for controversies than cricket, especially the final Test in Sydney. "It will particularly be recalled for the coming of new words, bollyline and monkeygate, in the cricketing vocabulary. This was in the second Test in Sydney."

Greg Baum had commented in Wisden 2008, "Bollyline in Sydney will go down in history as a kind of cricketing six day war. It was too real and nasty while it was happening but it was over almost as soon as it had begun."

The book informs us that in 2010, Sunil Gavaskar achieved a rare honour in Australia by becoming the first non-Australian to be made a Bradman honouree.

The legendary cricketers Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar have provided perceptive Forewords. Gavaskar, in his Foreword, is full of praise for Kersi's book, stating that it will be much sought after by those who cherish the India-Australia cricketing rivalry.

Allan Border considers a privilege to write the Foreword of the book jointly with Sunil. "Over the years we have had a wonderful friendship and both of us have an appreciation of the history of the game and the legacy that we need to ensure continues. Just as those Australians travelled by ship in 1935 to India, and Bradman said goodbye to the Australian public, scoring his 100th century along the way, so too have we contributed to the game. I count it an honour that the Australia-India cricket supremacy trophy bears the names Border and Gavaskar. The trophy symbolises the struggle and hopefully determination that the teams strive for in their quest for supremacy."

The snippets and statistics, meticulously compiled, covering relevant facts pertaining to India-Australia Tests, are the highlights of this book. The book selects the best Australian XI against India and the best Indian XI against Australia based on statistics and class. Anecdotes include Indian batsmen Abbas Ali Baig kissed on the lips by a young girl on the pitch when he completed his fifty in the Mumbai Test, how Norman O'Neill was jinxed by an Indian fan and how Bradman Don almost met Don Bradman.

An excellent production in all respects, with superb pictures, From Bradman to Kohli is a must for cricket enthusiasts, interested in India-Australia Tests. Thoroughly researched and immensely readable.