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Book Review: Cricket Vishv Cup Prashnottari by Vikas Luthra

In India cricket is a king of all games. Though the game has been derived from England, the spirit of cricket resides in every Indians’ heart. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin  Tendulkar, Kapil  Dev,  Saurav Ganguly, and now Virat Kohli – these are some prominent Indian players that have raised the bar of cricket globally. Currently ICC Men's Cricket 13th World Cup is being hosted in India. Those who love cricket and want to brush up their knowledge or looking to know about the previous men’s world cups can definitely turn to this book of Vikas Luthra – Cricket Vishv Cup Prashnottari.

As looking at the cover, the book gives clear impression of its content. A picture of the cup and in the table it has years inscribed from 1975…1999…up till 2019. The book recounts the summary of the matches played in 12 world cups from 1975 to 2019. The book, in short, answers all queries related to scoreboard, man of the matches, result, team names, highest wicket taker, highest run scorers, and so on. Going through this book gives some astounding information about the history of world cups. For instance in 1983 world cup, total 7 test playing nations participated and Zimbabwe came as  8th team after winning the ICC Champions Trophy. The Zimbabwe team had performed satisfactory in that world cup. Another insight is that time the ODI games used to be of 60 overs each side. Among the highest wicket takers in WC, Glen McGrath and Muthiah Murlidharan have stats.

A keen observation depicts that from 1975 to 1999 the WC names were based on their prime sponsors such as Prudential World Cup, Reliance World Cup, Wills…However from1999 to now it is called as ICC Cricket World Cup. Vikas Luthra’s cricketing facts, stats, and knowledge is impeccable. Though the book is written in Hindi, it can be referred by the majority of the Indian audience to quick check anything about world cups like who won…who lost…MoM, scorecards, etc. One can also follow their favourite player’s (bowler, batsman, and wicketkeeper) stats and facts in the world cups played so far.

Micro cricket commentary firms and analysis or sports journalists and reporters and enthusiasts can pick up this book for their perusal. It can also be given as gift to aspiring young cricketers or to someone who spent much time playing and appreciating cricket at any level. Every reader and well-wisher of the Indian cricket will have something to relate from this book. Like there are GK books for worldly knowledge, similarly this is the apt book for cricket knowledge.

This World Cup season, buy a copy of the book and cheers the Indian Team


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