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Indian Summers - John Wright

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Indian Summers is more than one man's story. It is an account of the dramas and disappointments of a coach and his team who worked and played in an environment where keeping your head is as vital as keeping your wicket. Where all that lies between rousing acclaim and utter disgrace is a single cricket match. It also lifts the covers on modern Indian cricket, as phenomenon and passion, and explains why coaching India is like no other job in the game.

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In October 2000, former New Zealand captain John Wright was named coach of the Indian cricket team. It was an appointment that was not expected to last and an experiment that was not expected to work. Indian cricket had never had a foreign coach, and Wright had not been to India in over a decade.Bucking all doomsday prophecies, an unusual partnership between a high-profile team and a low-profile coach survived five years. In this time, Indian cricket was rebuilt after the match-fixing scandal and enjoyed its best results in decades, changing forever the way the world looked at it.

Throughout the years that he coached India, Wright kept a detailed diary that formed the basis of his account. With honesty and humour, he provides a unique insight into the extraordinary world of Indian cricket - the vast scale and enormous riches, the passionate fans, the Byzantine politics - and outlines the tough road to the top in a cricket-mad country of a billion hopefuls.

He takes us inside the dressing-room to meet some of the biggest names in the game, such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, and relives for us the anxieties and triumphs of Indias tours of Pakistan, West Indies, England, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the unforgettable 2003 World Cup, when India made it all the way to the finals with enough excitement and misadventure along the way to baffle even the most loyal of its fans.

Indian Summers is more than one man's story. It is an account of the dramas and disappointments of a coach and his team who worked and played in an environment where keeping your head is as vital as keeping your wicket. Where all that lies between rousing acclaim and utter disgrace is a single cricket match. It also lifts the covers on modern Indian cricket, as phenomenon and passion, and explains why coaching India is like no other job in the game.

This is Indian cricket as it has rarely been seen or written about before: up close and from the inside.

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