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World Cup Cricket - Statistics 1975 - 2011
World Cup Cricket - Statistics 1975 - 2011 by Gangaram Sapkal

Available from: Shirish Konkar
34, Suraj Building, Elphinstone Road
Mumbai - 400013

Mobile: 098194 39457
Email: sykonkar@hotmail.com

Pages: 399
Price: Rs.400/-

Having worked with Johnson and Johnson for over four decades, Gangaram Sapkal, with 40 years' experience of compiling cricket statistics, has been rated highly in the introductory chapters by two great cricket statisticians of our country - Sudhir Vaidya and Mohandas Menon.

On Sapkal's passion, Mohandas Menon remarks: "The two things that have been unwavering about him are his friendship and his passion for the game of cricket and numbers. He is one of the few people I know who lives and breathes cricket. So passionate he is about cricket statistics that he soon opted for a second career i.e. to concentrate on his long time hobby."
World Cup Cricket by Gangaram Sapkal is an excellent publication - a feast for the eyes, a priceless work of reference and attractively laid out.

If you ever get into an argument about World Cup cricket facts and stats, World Cup Cricket book by Gangaram Sapkal will not only provide you with the definite answer, it will also give you loads of additional information that will amaze your audience..
This superb publication has team details and individual records and has the merits of clarity, order and detail.
However, the book has vital omissions as well. In the section on Fastest centuries - the missing four instances are Paul Stirling - 70-ball century (101 off 72 balls) for Ireland vs Netherlands at Kolkata on March 18, 2011, Mahela Jayawardene - 80-ball century (100 off 81 balls) for Sri Lanka vs Canada at Hambantota on February 20, 2011, Virat Kohli - 83-ball century (100* off 83 balls) for India vs Bangladesh at Mirpur on February 19, 2011 and Mahela Jayawardene's 84-ball century (103 not out off 88 balls) for Sri Lanka in the Final against India at Mumbai on April 2, 2011.

Andy Blignaut had recorded a 25-ball fifty (54 off 28 balls) for Zimbabwe vs Australia at Bulawayo on February 24, 2003. The same is missing in the list of fastest fifties.

A few mistakes could have been avoided at the proof-reading stage. Alec Stewart had recorded 88 and three dismissals vs Sri Lanka (and not England) at Lord's on May 14,1999.