Cricket Quirky Cricket will amuse and intrigue. It’s a collection of hard-to- believe facts. There was a first-class cricketer from Fiji who had a surname of 44 letters. A Sri Lankan first-class cricketer had 10 initials before his surname. There have been county cricketers named Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw and a current Indian player named Napoleon Einstein.
The book is rich in scoreboard trivia, déjà-vu Tests, amazing coincidences, eye-catching headlines, eerie acronyms and quirky statistics. After the tour of England in 1993, both Steve and Mark Waugh were averaging 39 with the bat with a highest score of 139. At that time Mark averaged 39 with the ball and took 39 catches.
A batsman unbeaten on 99 at stumps could not complete his century because he developed measles overnight. Many such nuggets colour the book.
Former Australian fast bowler Geoff “Henry” Lawson has written a foreword to the book.
This is Kersi Meher-Homji’s thirteenth book. Specialising in off-beat and interesting themes, his previous titles include Out for a Duck, Nervous Nineties and Six Appeal and bestsellers The Waugh Twins and Cricket’s Great All-rounders. He is columnist for Inside Cricket, Inside Sport, the Indian Down Under and The Roar website.