Author: Clifford NarinesinghPublisher: Royards Publishing/VarietyYear: 1995Language: EnglishPages: 222ISBN/UPC (if available): 9768052538
Indian cricket has, over the years, produced some fine players, including the world-rated Vinoo Mankad, Subash Gupte and others, but none better than the subject of this book.It was as captain of the West Indies in 1971 that I first had the pleasure of seeing the very young Sunil Gavaskar in his debut series. In his first Test (the second of the series), he hit 65 and 67 not out as India secured the only win and captured the rubber.The other four matches were drawn, but young Gavaskar went on to amass 774 runs with four centuries-two in the final match at Trinidad-and a series average exceeding 150.Sunil will always stand out in my memory as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He played against the toughest teams with some of the greatest fast bowlers and he stood the test of time for two decades, truly emphasizing the class of this great player.This book will be a lesson for all young players and a collector’s item for all who study the great enduring performances in the game of cricket.Portrait of a hero marks a point of departure from the author’s work on curriculum materials in English Language for both Primary and Secondary schools in the Caribbean. Clifford Narinesingh has written English Language textbooks, edited anthologies and acted as editorial consultant for international publishers.This work derives primarily from the author’s interest in cricket as one of the more interesting and fascinating of lie’s drams and the luminous presence of Sunil Gavaskar whose dramatic cricketing life excites and intrigues.
FOREWORDAUTHOR’S PREFACEUnheralded Dramatic EntryThe Early YearsYears of AwakeningYears Of BurgeoningSunshine And ShadowHarvest OF FulfilmentTowards Perfecting His CraftThe Reluctant CaptainBeyond The Playing FieldThe Faltering Hero?Present TimesESSAYS ON GAVASKARSTATISTICAL APPENDIXSOURCES OF REFERENCEINDEX