Written by two ‘incurable cricket romantics’, Mid-Wicket Tales: A Century and More of Cricket is a seamless blend of theories with statistical data, technical assessments, and charming anecdotes. The essays range in theme from Kapil Dev’s batting style; big-hitting superstars like Victor Trumper, Viv Richards, and Virender Sehwag; the fearsome pace of Michael Holding; the magical close catches of Eknath Solkar and Bobby Simpson; and the mastery of Sachin Tendulkar; to delightful evenings spent with the dashing Salim Durani and the fabulous M.S. Dhoni, and illuminating conversations with the cerebral stars, Rahul Dravid and S. Venkataraghavan.
This revised edition also has a selection of new essays where we learn of Mahatma Gandhi’s involvement with cricket, discover the integral role of video analytics in modern-day cricket strategy, and experience the brilliance of women’s cricket, which has taken the world by storm.
The authors of the book, Giridhar and VJ Raghunath, will be in conversation with Venkatesh Prasad. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
S Giridhar is an alumnus of BITS, Pilani and Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He writes regularly drawing upon his experiences in the education sector and these essays have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Indian Express, The Hindu and Seminar magazine. He played inter-school and city cricket tournaments. He played his best cricket in his late thirties and wishes he had played like that in his younger days.
VJ Raghunath is a retired chemical engineer who now consults with Azim Premji Foundation. He was a very stylish left-handed batsman and a fearless close-in fielder who thrilled his coaches in school. He was awarded the A.F. Wensley prize for the most promising schoolboy cricketer for three years running. He led the Madras Colts team to Bombay in 1968 and played first-division league with the best cricketers of Madras and Bombay in his twenties.
Venkatesh Srinivasan (Venky) is the co-founder and CEO of Nexus Consulting – a knowledge-enhancement firm operating since 2013 in Bengaluru, India. An alumnus of IIM Bangalore from the 2000 Batch, Venky worked in roles spanning the marketing, communications, investor relations, and sales in firms like PepsiCo, Sasken, and TENVIC.
A well-known quizmaster, he has hosted hundreds of prestigious quiz-shows across India for organizations like the RBI, the NDA, the Indian Navy, Shiv Nadar University, HDFC Ergo, the Bihar IAS Officers Assn., and others. He has also delivered workshops and team-building sessions for some of the top companies in India. Venky has also moderated panel discussions and chat-shows, with several personalities from the sporting and business domains at in-house and industry events across India. He is also an analyst for ESPN Cricinfo Tamil.