This week we have the incredible privilege of speaking to Dr. Ramachandra Guha, cricket writer and historian. We discuss India’s recent test series win in Australia and where it ranks amongst the greatest Indian wins, Dr. Guha’s time in the CoA as a BCCI administrator and his latest book – The Commonwealth of Cricket. Dr Guha responds to questions from listeners and we announce details of how to win a copy of the book courtesy Harper Collins (hint: share the link to this podcast, check the subtitle of the book and send us your answer to the question asked by Ashwin on the podcast).
Last Sunday, a friend gifted me a copy of AB de Villier’s autobiography “AB” for my birthday. I have only managed to read three chapters but two things have already blown my mind.
- AB has spoken with God. Not once, but twice.
- AB has clarified claims about him being the greatest sportsman ever.
Let us take the second mind-blowing revelation first.
Here is a screenshot of the Sky Sports article on AB De Villiers which appeared on 28 February 2015. I have set out below AB’s clarifications from Chapter 3 of his book against each of these claims.
“Collaborated with South African singer-songwriter Ampie du Preez on the song Make Your Dreams Come True which has 138,290 hits on YouTube. We’ll let you be the judge.” COULD NOT VERIFY ON YOUTUBE but AB’s rendition of “Yeh Dosti” on YouTube has 843,526 views as of 19 October 2016. Go check it out.
“De Villiers was shortlisted for South African national hockey and football squads.” FALSE. ABdV has never played beyond school level at hockey and has only ever played football (soccer) at cricket warm-ups!
“He was the captain of South Africa junior rugby.” FALSE. ABdV played rugby at school level but not at national level, nor was he captain!
“Is still the holder of six national school swimming records.” FALSE. ABdV claims that broke his school’s under-9 breakstroke record, but no national records.