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The ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy has put on display all the action from on and off the field. Mind games have been played, players have tried to get under the skin of the opposition, batsmen have struggled to pick the reverse swing, disciplinary action has been taken on account of the game not being played in the true spirit and more.
India and Australia have dished out a potent pot-boiler with all the ingredients of high quality Test cricket. And in the midst of all the action, two legends of the game Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble have announced their retirement. Reams of paper and hours of air time will be spent discussing their contribution to the game and how they have been role models to the millions of youngsters who yearn to wear national colours.
While it is important for these youngsters to imbibe all that Ganguly and Kumble stood for and delivered during their long and illustrious careers, it is more important to know where it all started from - The how and the why!
And it is this need to know "how", important to know "why" - because that motivates you to "do" the kind of book that Woolmer managed to write before the end of his innings. He left his mark on the game as a player and as an expert, but most of all as a coach and his book - 'Bob Woolmer's Art and Science of Cricket', written along with sports scientists Tim Noakes and Helen Moffett - will be the perfect starting point for a young cricketer.
The book is an amalgamation of all the cricketing wisdom that Woolmer was known for. It combines coaching and playing techniques as well as an in-depth analysis of the fitness skills required to make one tick at the international level. It is a fine mix of all these ingredients that make the book different from any other coaching manual. But one element of the book - pertaining to mental strength to play the game - is what makes it stand out from the rest.
Woolmer was known for transforming players into winners. He was known for making cricketers into all-rounders. He was known for making you a man who will not be paralysed by terror when the pace ace bowls you a blinder.
And this book, written in a lively style with images and illustrations, tips from cricketing greats and anecdotes makes for a collector's piece as well. If you think you know your game, test it here; if you love your game and want to know that bit more, learn it in these pages.
The takeaways from this book are varied - some skill based and some attitude based. Woolmer embodied two major characteristics - enthusiasm and humility. So pick up this book now to not only learn how to play and fine tune your game, but also how the game of cricket can teach you a thing or two about your life.