[PDF] Sunny Days By Sunil Gavaskar – Thomashillier.co.uk

Sunny Days Sunny Days Is The Fascinating Record Of The Growth Of India S Greatest Batsman One Whose Astonishing Feats On The Cricket Field Have Had Innumerable Records Rewritten, And Yet Difficult Targets SetHow Did Sunil Manohar Gavaskar Begin And What Were The Early Days Like It Is Not Merely Out Of Curiosity That One May Ask The Question The Knowledge Of The Shaping Up Of The Process Of Greatness Is Essential For A True Understanding Of The Greatness Before We Can Ask The Little Master To Tell Us About The Dizzying Heights Of His Career We Need To Know The Beginning And Sunny Days Is All About ItThe Baby Is Switched After Birth, Luckily Restored By An Eagle Eyed Uncle He Grows Up And Almost Breaks His Mother S Nose With A Mighty Hit A Childhood Habit Persisting In Later Life Plays Good Cricket In School And College Graduates Inevitably Through University And Trophy Cricket Is At Times Booed By The Crowd As His Uncle Happens To Be A Selector In Fact All That Could Happen Does Happen To Make Him Reach The Age Of Twenty One, When At Port Of Spain Gavaskar Bursts Upon The Cricket Scene With His Test DebutThe Year Is , Gavaskar S Year, And Sunny Days Have Truly Begun For Indian Cricket By The End Of The Season Gavaskar Has Played First Class Matches, Amassed Runs And Hundreds He Has Played In Matches In Tests, With Runs And Hundreds Still Eight Years To Go For The Great Days Of The Kotla And The Chidambaram Stadium But As It Is Said, In The Beginning Is The EndFluently Written, Self Effacing Modesty Imparting A Rare Grace To The Pages, Sunny Days Is Great To Read


10 thoughts on “Sunny Days

  1. says:

    2.5 Stars, a disppointing read There are many reasons but I think the most imporatant one is that it s not a well timed autobiography It was published in 1976, when Gavaskar was in the 6th year of his international career That s too soon to write an autobiography and probably that was the reason he tried to justify it in his preface but I don t agree with his reasoning I mean, what are the highlights of Gavaskar s career Part of 1983 world cup winning Indian cricket teamMost run in test cric 2.5 Stars, a disppointing read There are many reasons but I think the most imporatant one is that it s not a well timed autobiography It was published in 1976, when Gavaskar was in the 6th year of his international career That s too soon to write an autobiography and probably that was the reason he tried to justify it in his preface but I don t agree with his reasoning I mean, what are the highlights of Gavaskar s career Part of 1983 world cup winning Indian cricket teamMost run in test cricket and first man to score 10,000 test runsMost test centuries broke the record of Sir Don s 29 test 100s Captained India in most number of testEqualled the record of Nawab Pataudi for most win as an Indian test captain Though all his individual records were broken later but they are the ones who defines Gavaskar s career Unfortunatley they all are not in his biography just because he rushed in to writing it sooner than he ought to Though the book covers 2 high points i.e 774 test runs in his debut series and 400 chase in 4th innings of a test but they are not enough and it s not like you can release any updated verion As a result of this what could have been one of the most cherished book in Indian World cricket is just a normal autobiography now I think best time to write an autobiography for a sportsperson is probably just after his retirement like what Sachin did or maybe late in your career when you feel you have achieved enough and the end is near, a bit like AB though he can still fulfill his biggest desire of lifting the 1st cricket world cup for SA Anways after finishing this one I find out that the timing was not the only issue.Except for first 2 and last 3 chapters the book islike an extended tour log and believe me when I say extended Since Gavaskar played only 6 seasons, at someplaces the practise matches have got the number of pages and importance of a test Though few anecdotes are worth sharing but inspite of them the book is mostly well, BORING The narration is wayward at many places, gavaskar jumped to something that happended much later such as a match or series result or what happended in the end of any event and then came back to his previous tale They were kind of spoilers Also even though I always appriciate Gavaskar for his frank opinions but the way he complained about the umpiring throughout the book was a bit annoying Overall a dull book even if you are a big Cricket Gavaskar Fan.


  2. says:

    Intimate, light hearted account of Sunil Gavaskar s growth as one of the world s greatest batsmen, especially good treatment of his early years.


  3. says:

    Again..this was a book that was published in 1977 and Gavaskar was yet to hang his boots Often noticed that people scripting autobiographies in the midst of their careers put across their thoughts in a rushed manner Apart from a couple of chapters, the Men and Memories especially, it makes for a dull reading in the middle But a rich history of Indian cricket nevertheless


  4. says:

    This book is a must read for every cricket romantic After reading you ll certainly feel that Gavaskar, the author is undoubtedly as exquisite as Gavaskar, the batsman Sunny days is easily my favourite cricket book.


  5. says:

    pure classic


  6. says:

    Not as candid as Sunny G of today in newspaper columns and commentary box But still, presents a lot about solidity his understanding of the game Not as candid as Sunny G of today in newspaper columns and commentary box But still, presents a lot about solidity his understanding of the game


  7. says:

    Sunny Days Sunil Gavaskar s own story Gavaskar has written about his humble beginning, encouragement towards cricket by his parents and his uncle Madhav Mantri who played test cricket for India as a wicket keeper and batsman When as a young boy , he desired that an Indian cricket cap be given to him as a gift, he was informed that the Indian Cap has to be earned Watching cricket as a child and then playing cricket in school, college, university, club, State, Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, wit Sunny Days Sunil Gavaskar s own story Gavaskar has written about his humble beginning, encouragement towards cricket by his parents and his uncle Madhav Mantri who played test cricket for India as a wicket keeper and batsman When as a young boy , he desired that an Indian cricket cap be given to him as a gift, he was informed that the Indian Cap has to be earned Watching cricket as a child and then playing cricket in school, college, university, club, State, Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, with minimum facilities, he developed as a cricketer on his merit About being selected to play international cricket, he has written about West Indies tour, where the west Indians play to win by hook or crook umpires favouring the home team and not raising their finger on LBW or caught behind or run out, bowling bouncers to bowlers, proper medical aid not available to players England tour the time between two matches was short and players could not rest nor practice at the nets before a new match started In New Zealand and Sri Lanka tour, he has complained about the umpiring aberrations which demoralize the team effort He has written about Bombay cricket season, Bombay players and the reason why players rise to international level because they learn basics of the game from school level and compete to rise to higher level He is all in praise of M L Jaisimha, Saliim Durrani, Eknath Solkar, Dilip Sardesai, Ashok Mankad, Dilil Vengsarkar, Padamkar Shivalkar, Vishwanath, Rohan Kanhai, Richard Hutton and others He has written about being hurt on fingers and other part of body during fielding, batting or practice at nets and how doctors at various places helped him to recover soon He has written about his marriage to Marshneil , birth of his son and his feeling of homesickness to see his son It is quite an interesting book for all


  8. says:

    As a cricket aficionado since the 90s, I was particularly not interested in the history of Indian cricket in the early years Hence, I had delayed picking up this book for quite some time.The book gives a very good account of Sunil Gavaskar s early years in international cricket, upto 1976 77, approximately 24 25 tests that he played till then Sunil narrates his experiences in a chronological order, match by match, series by series I loved the emphasis he gave to the First class matches that h As a cricket aficionado since the 90s, I was particularly not interested in the history of Indian cricket in the early years Hence, I had delayed picking up this book for quite some time.The book gives a very good account of Sunil Gavaskar s early years in international cricket, upto 1976 77, approximately 24 25 tests that he played till then Sunil narrates his experiences in a chronological order, match by match, series by series I loved the emphasis he gave to the First class matches that he played both for Bombay in the Ranji ,Irani and Duleep Trophy but also the practice matches India used to play abroad before the tests.I am amazed to see the amount of first class matches teams back then got to play, helping them acclimatize to the away conditions At the same time, I felt reading the book, that the Indian team in the 70s was a pretty good team , which competed well abroad winning in Wi and Eng 1 0 in 71, and also drawing 1 1 vs NZ 76 They narrowly lost the 76 series 1 2 to Wi, and were outplayed 0 3 v Eng in 74 That is a reasonably good overseas record Hence, credit goes to Wadekar for building the belief that we could win abroadmuch before Dada came around.On Gavaskar, some good accounts on the 36 infamous innings, and his Trinidad successes , not to forget the numerous instances he has mentioned of being given out by the umpire This is one of the better cricket books I ve read It helped going back to Cricinfo and recheck the series scores at the end of each chapter


  9. says:

    Well written auto biography Though I expected bitof his years but it ended in mid way The book takes the reader to visualize the cricket greats such as Gary Sobers, Richards, Clive Lloyd, Holder and some of the Indian greats Eknath Solkar, Dileep Sardesai, Vengsarkar Sunny also narrates some of the least known incidents of those years Its a must read for a cricket fan.


  10. says:

    InsightfulImportant for every die hard fan of Indian cricket to learn how cricket was played back then and hence how it s so much important to appreciate the efforts of the cricketers of yesteryears.


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