‘This is going to be the most unique cricket tour since the Second World War.’
Ravi Shastri’s prophetic words came true as India pulled off one of the greatest coups in cricketing history, beating Australia in Australia for the second time in three years, eventually breaching the Gabba fortress with what was eventually a skeleton team.
Bharat was known as the ‘Eyes and Ears of the Tour’, being the only Indian-origin journalist covering this most memorable series live and seeing the drama unfold in real time. He drove the length and breadth of Australia, journeys that were as thrilling as the series that he was chasing, with the unnerving shadow of Covid always trailing after him. His camaraderie with the Indian team and his standing as among the most respected journalists in the world makes this book incredibly special.
Filled with anecdotes from on and off the field, including conversations with coaches, players and other stars of the show, and inputs from his colleague Gaurav Joshi, this book hopes to transport you to the battleground of this never-imagined script. It promises to bring to life the most unique cricket tour, not just since World War II, but perhaps from the time when the sport was conceived.
About The Authors
Bharat Sundaresan is a world-renowned, award-winning cricket writer and commentator currently based in Adelaide, Australia. He is the Australian correspondent and senior writer for Cricbuzz, the No. 1 cricket website in the world, and also a colour commentator for SEN, the Melbourne-based sports radio station. He’s the author of The Dhoni Touch, the 2018 national bestseller in India, which is considered the most in-depth biography on Indian cricket superstar M.S. Dhoni, and Believe, which he co-wrote with Suresh Raina.
Bharat is originally from Mumbai and used to work for the Indian Express, a leading Indian national daily, covering cricket and other sports for over 10.5 years, from May 2008 to December 2018. He’s travelled to and covered series in every major cricketing nation in the world. He has also written for several world-class publications around the world and appeared on numerous TV-news and current-affairs shows in Australia.
Gaurav Joshi has been a resident of Australia for thirty years. After working ten years in IT, Gaurav decided to switch to sports journalism. For the past decade Gaurav has freelanced as a writer and broadcaster for various media agencies, such as Fox Sports, Cricket Australia, Mid-Day, ABC, BBC and other cricketing websites.