MY SPIN ON CRICKET tells the story of the great game through the ages, through personal anecdotes and a lively, well informed narrative by Richie Benaud, the popular cricket commentator and former Australian cricket captain.
Hailed as one of the most influential cricketer and cricket personalities of the last fifty years, he was the runaway winner in The Wisden Cricketer's commentators' poll of 2005.
With the emphasis on the modern game, Richie puts current events under the spotlight and relates them to the past.
He discusses all aspects of the game, including gambling, sledging, leadership and technological development in this entertaining and highly informative book.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 29/06/2006
- Category: Cricket
- ISBN: 9780340833940
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Review by jigwagigiggs
The voice of cricket for all of my life, and on reading this it kind of shows the man as totally dedicated to the game that made him famous. I bit too one dimensional for my liking and therefore a tad dissappointing, perhaps Ive been spoiled by the biographies of sports controversial charachters. Richie certainly doesnt come across as one in this book.
Review by JonArnold
More a series of unrelated articles regarding Australian cricket and Richie's career than a coherent book, so best taken in small chunks. As it was written at the point at which he was due to retire from commentary abroad the focus is naturally nostalgic, there's a wealth of detail about Australian cricket (particularly between 1930 and the mid 60s, from Benaud's birth to playing retirement). The trouble is perhaps that, for a man who clearly has a deep knowledge and innate understanding of the game, the chapters are probably too short and superficial to do justice to the subjects, not do they have space to convey that knowledge properly. There's a little too much drifting into the disappointing 'best innings' and 'best matches' territory that so experienced a man as Benaud could easily avoid. The book only really flies when delving into cricket controversies during Benaud's playing career and unearthing nuggets such as the origin of the term sledging.That said, even in print, Benaud comes across as pleasant, knowledgeable company with a gift for explaining the complexities of cricket in simple terms which makes for an amiable, though superficial read.