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On the eve of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, which started in England on May 30, the chief executive of the England & Wales Cricket Board, Tom Harrison, formally unveiled Cricket World Cup: The Indian Challenge (Updated Edition), a book on the history of the tournament from an Indian perspective by veteran broadcaster and writer Ashis Ray.

The event took place at the annual summit of the UK-based India Business Group at the Institute of Directors in London. Speaking at the function, Harrison said he very much looked forward to reading the book.

Asked to elaborate on his effort, Ray requested the audience to read it, adding that it will be ‘a tale of two World Cups’ as climatic conditions could be very different between the first and second half of the competition.

The book is available internationally online and at bookstores.

About the book

This is a riveting read for cricket lovers, especially India fans. A remarkable, eye-witness history of the Cricket World Cup from an Indian viewpoint, it details the little-known story of India’s turning point in one-day cricket in Guyana when, in March 1983, Kapil Dev’s team beat the previously unassailable West Indies in their backyard. It also reminds readers of the tremor that shook the cricketing world when India repeated the success at Manchester in the World Cup ten weeks later, before defeating the same side in the final two weeks after that. It relives India’s forgotten triumph in the 1985 World Championship and the rekindling of hope when Sourav Ganguly’s team finished as runners-up in the 2003 World Cup. The book further depicts how MS Dhoni planned victory, together with Sachin Tendulkar inspiring Yuvraj Singh to perform at his best, in the 2011 tournament.

Embellished by illuminating reports and scores on each India match and every semi-final and final in the World Cup involving all sides since its inception, the book also discusses prospects for the 2019 World Cup.

Highlights include:

  • A complete history of India in the World Cup
  • Descriptions of winning performances by Australia, the West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
  • Recognition of the individual brilliance of players from all countries
  • The tale of how India, once apathetic to one-day cricket, became a powerhouse
  • Revelations of little known behind-the-scenesstories
  • A one-stop reference to scores of every India match, semi-final and final

About the author

Ashis Ray is arguably the world’s senior-most, still active cricket broadcaster, having made his debut as a test match commentator on All India Radio in 1975 at the age of 24, which probably makes him the world’s youngest test match commentator on record as well.

Born in Vienna and educated in Darjeeling and Kolkata, he was the only Asian ball-by-ball commentator on the BBC’s coverage of the 1983 World Cup, in which India famously upset the then invincible West Indies to lift the trophy. He has also analysed or commentated on cricket on ABC Australia, Sky Sports UK, SONY Asia, CBC Caribbean and Doordarshan India, and has written on the game for every major British and Indian newspaper, as well as lecturing on it at the University of Oxford.

His home entertainment video, Great Moments of Indian Cricket 1932-86, released by HMV and Virgin in 1987, became an international bestseller and is today recognised as a classic. His 2008 documentary, 1983: India’s World Cup, released on television in various countries, was shortlisted for a BAFTA nomination.

This is Ray’s fourth book.

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