“I really don’t care what stance a batsman has as long as he gets into a boxer’s position at ball release. Think of great Muhammad Ali’s stance in the ring..”
“Dean Jones’ Cricket Tips”, the things they don’t teach you at the academy’ is a wonderful read, full of wit and great tips. Illustrations by John Spooner is the added attraction.
The book is packed with advices from the cricketing greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Wasim Akram, Sourav Ganguly, Michael Clarke, Rahul Dravid and Waqar Younis, to name a few.
The book has various sections like Batting Tips, Bowling Tips, Fielding Tips, Wicket-keeping Tips, tips on Strategy, mindset, tactics, fitness, and diet.
Throughout the book you would come across interesting quotes by well known players and coaches.
“You watch the bowlers for the first 15 minutes and then the bowlers can watch you for the rest of the day”. Ramakant Achrekar, Sachin Tendulkar’s coach.
“I always tried to keep the pitch clean of any debris when i batted. It’s my office, so I tried to keep it as neat as I could.” V V S Laxman
“The key to success when bowling the yorker was to have your eyes level at ball-release. I would usually aim just below the manufacturer’s or sponsor’s logo.” Wasim Akram
Ricky Ponting’s Checklist
Ricky Ponting, the former Australian skipper had a strange routine. He used to make a checklist the night before the match, the checklist looked something like this,
- Watch the ball
- Play straight
- Loud calls
- Be patient
- Make 100
- Be man of the match
- Visualise how are the bowlers going to get me out
- Then sleep
The book also offers some general tips on how to handle media pressure, how to practise, how to handle the cricketing equipments. Overall, its a wonderful read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. So if you are a great fan of the game, its a must read.