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So much of cricketing passion hinges on victory and defeat, and yet so much of cricket itself happens off the field. Bodyline, the Ganguly-Chappell affair, the many instances of ball-doctoring, accusations of ‘chucking’ and the infamous underarm-bowling incident— tales of strategies, mischiefs and misdemeanours abound in the history of the sport.
Equally, cricket is also full of tales of heroism, bravery, fortitude and determination. Players have delivered awe-inspiring performances in spite of terrible injuries, for instance. Malcolm Marshall bowled and batted with a fractured arm, Anil Kumble with a broken jaw and Pataudi played his entire career with just one good eye.
Yet, physical rigour is not all there is to the game. There are difficult decisions to be made, ethical questions to be considered. For instance, in 1994, when Dravid declared the Indian innings before Sachin could get to 200, did he win India the match or lose his teammate another milestone?
Veterans in the discourse of the game dive into cricketing history revealing the many splendours of the ‘lovely’ game in this discussion.
Vijay Lokapally retired recently from THE HINDU after having worked with the newspaper since 1986. Lokapally has travelled extensively for cricket coverage in India and overseas. He is author of biographies on Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli. He continues to contribute to THE HINDU and SPORTSTAR.
Courage, Conviction, Controversy and Cricket is Vedam Jaishankar’s third book. His first book, Rahul Dravid, A Biography went into multiple editions and was translated into multiple languages. His second book, Casting A Spell: The Story of Karnataka Cricket is the most definitive book on cricket in Karnataka.
In a career of three decades and more, Vedam Jaishankar has covered cricket in all the six continents. He has worked for major newspapers, The Times of India, Indian Express, Deccan Herald, etc. His articles have appeared in many reputed publications including Wisden, Sportstar, The Spin, DNA, Man’s World, etc. and in many online portals like Swarajya, Sulekha, MSN, Cricwizz, CricketforIndia, etc. He writes regularly for India’s most widely-read diverse portal, Firstpost.
Vedam Jaishankar is an award-winning journalist and often appears on various television channels, Times Now, Republic, Mirror Now, News 9, etc. He also teaches at the National School of Journalism and is a sought-after speaker at public and corporate events. His interests include history, heritage, travel, current affairs and golf.
Shavir Tarapore is former international cricket umpire, having first qualified in the year 1999. His first match was New Zealand vs. India at Hyderabad the same year. He has umpired over 100 first class matches before his retirement in the year 2017.
Before his umpiring career began, he represented Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy Team 1980 to 1987 as a right arm leg spinner. Alongside his cricketing he has also worked with Syndicate Bank from 1980 to 2008.
He has officiated in the world cup t20 matches held in the West Indies and the 2011 world cup 50 overs played at Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. He was chosen on the ICC panel of umpires in the year 2008 and served until 2013.