The 12th Man: An Indian Cricket Fan’s Journey from 1983 to the new millennium
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For more than 35 years now, I have been a die-hard cricket fan. Cricket is a celebration in India. As a kid, I started learning the nuances of the game by listening to radio commentary and newspapers. People in India love the game and it is these fans who have kept the game alive. When Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan launched the cricket kit for his newly acquired Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2008, the jersey number that he wore was 12 with his name printed on the back. He called himself the 12th man of Team KKR and rallied all supporters to call themselves the same. The fans are the real “12th Man” of any team and here is my journey as one such 12th Man of Team India from 1983 to the turn of the new millennium. This is Volume I of the book and Volume II which will follow later this year will chronicle my journey as a cricket fan from the year 2000 till 2013. So here goes my journey as a cricket fan which started in Asansol, moved to Bangalore, and then came back to Kolkata. If you love cricket, you will enjoy reading the book. If you are very young who have not seen the game live during the ’80s and ’90s, then you will learn many things that happened with Team India in that period. If you are old enough to have seen that period then you will be able to go back to your younger days and reminiscence on the same.
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