RAJESH KUMAR - Cricket Statisticians
Champions - The World's greatest cricketers speak
Conversations with Mike Coward

First Published by Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd., Sydney, Australia in 2013

First published in India by Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt.Ltd. in 2014
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ISBN 978 93 82951 57 5
Pages 243
Price Rs.499/-

Champions - The World's greatest cricketers speak. This is a book for those who have a passion for the game.

Champions takes you into the mind of some of the greatest cricketers that have ever played. With disarming honesty, they confront their fears and insecurities while reflecting on days of success and failure. A series of fascinating insights provide a rare study of the personality and philosophy of those who have always stood apart. The intellect and reasoning of the game's foremost exponents makes compelling reading.

Clive Lloyd: 'I really think that sportsmen have a chance of changing how the world thinks; how people in the world think about one another.' Shane Warne: 'To play and perform at your best as an individual is about being prepared, about happiness and feeling fresh. You've got to have a clear mind.' Viv Richards: 'If you are confident about what you are doing why not have a little strut about it?' Allan Border: 'I can honestly say I never walked off the ground 100 per cent satisfied.' Steve Waugh: 'I think I developed the mental toughness to survive.' Joel Garner: 'I think if you played cricket at the top for 10 years and you didn't have friends from the teams that you played against you'd have wasted 10 years of your life.' Bill Lawry: 'I had no philosophy. I wasn't that complicated. My attitude was to win at all costs and not to lose at all costs.' Mahela Jayawardene: 'I just want kids to enjoy the game. It's as simple as that. For while they are playing cricket they'll learn something in their life, something that might change their life.'

Richie Benaud OBE, Patron, Bradman Foundation, in his foreword, says: "In Champions, Mike Coward has skilfully extracted from the players the essential character required to be successful both on and off the field at the elite level. Reflective and insightful, Coward has teased out of each interviewee their personal and private stories."

The book deserves to be bought, read and pondered. Beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated, the publication is a must for collectors of cricket literature.