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Heroes of 100 Tests: From Cowdrey and /Meher-Homji, K/Paper/1877058114/S051-D1
This fascinating book profiles those cricketers who have played a hundred or more Tests. The book details their performances and emotions in their 100th Test appearance and includes their overall Test records, major milestones and individual traits.
Some of them were crowd-pleasers; others were touch artists or stats-machines. The book is a mixed bag of assorted characters. They include a Lord and a Colonel, Little Masters and a Master Blaster, a Gorilla and a Super Cat, a Sultan of spin and a pair of twins. They are record-holders in batting, bowling, fielding or chewing most gums in the first slip.
Five of them has sensational 100th Tests; Colin Cowdrey, Javed Miandad, Gordon Greenidge and Alec Stewart scored centuries while Shane Warne gave a scintillating, all-round display. Kapil Dev, Steve Waugh, Viv Richards, Geoff Boycott, Desmond Haynes, Courtney Walsh, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar performed creditably while some of the others would like to forget their hundredth Test, especially Allan Border, Dilip Vengsarkar and Mark Taylor who made celebratory ducks.
This unique book is a smorgasbord of brilliant to mediocre on-field dramas. Each 'centurion' is rated on a scale of 1 to 10 based on his 100th Test performance. There is also a composite chapter on cricketers who have played 90 to 99 Tests including Mohammad Azharuddin who scored a century in his 99th Test and was lost to cricket. Entwined are interesting stories and statistics of each 'centurion'.