The Man Who Never Quit!
Sourav Ganguly, a welcomed and an admired sportsperson in the field of cricket, is a God for many of his bystanders. As a personality widely talked about and proactively followed, Ganguly has accumulated a lot for his fellowship.
His autobiography, “A Century Is Not Enough’ is an acute insight into Ganguly’s world. The book, with its legible facts, delves deep into the personal and professional upheavals in the sportsman’s life. It talks about his rosy achievements accompanied by the breaking lows. From ‘Announcing his end’ to ‘The final Pune exit’, the book traces the cricketer’s journey in the most exclusive way possible, with writerly assistance provided by Gautam Bhattacharya.
What makes the book readable?
The way the author has divided the sections into three, wherein each section offers something novice and narrates the wonderful journey in a smooth, chronological manner.
The first section ‘Climbing to the Top’ itself sets the tone and mood of the reader who is about to embark on Ganguly’s “Roller-Coaster Ride to Success”. It marks his much talked about debut in 1992 ‘Down Under’ to rejection faced by him during the same tournament, and taking him to the ‘Lord’s Honours Board’ in 1996 and embellishing his career graph with 4 consecutive ‘Man of the Match’ titles at Toronto.
The second section as it says “Becoming a Leader” traces the period of 1998-2000. Ganguly reveals much of his ‘leadership traits’ here mentioning about his promotion to the captaincy and the responsibility of commencing a ‘New Era’ for Indian Cricket Team. Talking about his gesture at Lords which became a cricket folklore or his fall out with Greg Chappell, makes it the most intriguing section of the book, and a turbulent time in Ganguly’s life per say.
Ganguly, in the third section, provides a sort of a destination or a halt to his ‘roller-coaster’ by explicitly defining his return and final exit from the pitch.
The chapters within the sections are comprehensible and appealing. The conversational tone suits the narrative of the book. As an ardent cricket follower, I don’t advocate that the book is completely devoid of factual errors (not entirely sure of the opinion on Dravid’s captaincy) but is an enlightening read as the facts mentioned are written by the cricketer himself. The book is truly a must read for those who have been admiring and following Ganguly religiously, and holds the capacity to keep the avid readers completely engrossed in the nuances from the world of cricket.
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