About The Book
Making of The Champions: The India U19 Story revolves around India’s rich history in age-group cricket. The book covers the journey of several cricketers who commence their journey from age-group cricket and work their way up the ladder in the quest to become India’s finest cricketers.
The book covers various different aspects of Indian cricket including age-group cricket, domestic structure, U19 World Cup experiences, and the exposure that the Indian Premier League (IPL) provides. Experiences of different players allow the readers to imagine themselves in their shoes and relive an experience that these players lived.
Players from different U19 batches shared their experiences, stories and anecdotes and provided us with useful insights.
Inputs in the book: Paul Valthaty, Shahbaz Nadeem, Tanmay Srivastava, Ashok Menaria, Baba Aparajith, Sushant Mishra, Divyaansh Saxena, Pradosh Paul, Nitish Kumar Reddy, Devraj Raut.
Excerpt from the book:
During the 2018 U-19 World Cup Tournament, before the final, the Indian team and the Australian team were having their team meetings in adjacent rooms. While team India were having their serious team meeting, they could hear the Australian team making a lot of noise. They were cheering and laughing out loud trying to intimidate the Indian side as they knew that the Indian players could hear them. After the completion of India’s team meeting, Rahul Dravid said, “let them know that we can be loud and intimidating too”, and told the team to scream and laugh to show the Australians that the Indian side was not intimidated at all. Rahul Dravid’s Indiranagar ka Gunda side was visible even before he picked up the tag.
We wanted to write this book because we wanted to tell aspiring cricketers about the hardships of cricketers and sportspersons. In India, a lot of children dream of representing their country but they are not aware of the path, this book is our attempt to tell those children about that path. We want them to learn from the experiences of cricketers who have featured in age-group cricket, which, we believe is the stepping stone.
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