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by Amol Rajan

Author: Amol Rajan
Subcategory: Other Team Sports
Language: English
Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press (June 6, 2011)
Pages: 400 pages
Category: Outdoors and Sports
Rating: 4.7
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On a journey through cricket history Rajan introduces us to the greatest purveyors of that art, from W. G. Grace to. .

On a journey through cricket history Rajan introduces us to the greatest purveyors of that art, from W. Grace to Graeme Swann via Clarrie Grimmet's flipper, Muttiah Muralitharan's helicopter wrist, Shane Warne's ball-of-the-century and all the rest. Tricks of the trade are literally passed on from generation to generation, sometimes in clandestine hotel-room encounters. Delightfully packaged with illustrations that lift the lid on even the most mysterious deliveries, Twirlymen is full of remarkable matches, incredible stories, and characters with more twists than a googly.

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Twirlymen: The Unlikely History of Cricket's Greatest Spin Bowlers. Spinners need a contortionist's fingers, not the athleticism of a fast bowler, which is why it has thrown up some unlikely heroes. Yellow Jersey Press; 400 pages; £1. 9. FAST bowlers are cricket's showmen, eliciting gasps as they hurl down deliveries capable of snapping batsmen's ribs. Lillywhite, an early pioneer, for example, couldn't get his underarm past his belly. Other misfits fill the book's pages. Muttiah Muralitharan, a Sri Lankan whose 800 Test wickets may never be exceeded, imparts fizz on the ball, in part, due to a congenital arm defect.

erudite and often very funny homage to cricket's greatest spin bowlers, Amol .

Twirlymen: the Unlikely History of Cricket's Greatest Spin Bowlers Amol Rajan Yellow Jersey Press, 400pp, £1. Chinaman Shehan Karunatilaka Jonathan Cape, 416pp, £1. If you are that sort of cricket fan, then this book - knowledgeable, obsessed and astute - is for you.

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Amol Rajan, who was a spin bowler in his youth, has written a peerless book about the subject. More than that, he’s written a book that somehow captures the spirit of cricket - a leisurely contest with sharp, sometimes humiliating moments of action. Spin bowling is about guile. It’s about messing with your opponent’s mind and you don’t have to be at the peak of fitness to be a practitioner. Rajan’s prose is exquisite and learned.

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Having himself failed through a combination of injury and indolence to become a leg-spinner of renown, Amol Rajan pays homage to that most eccentric of all sporting heroes - the spin bowler.

From W. G. Grace to Shane Warne, Twirlymen is an essential look at that most eccentric of cricketers -- the spin bowler.      They are the masters of deception, the jokers in the pack; illusionists conjuring wickets out of thin air with nothing more than an ambled approach and a wonky grip. Not for them the brutish physicality of the pace bowler nor the reactive slogging of the batsman. Theirs is a more cerebral art. They stand alone in a team sport. They are Twirlymen.     Having himself failed through a combination of injury and indolence to become a leg-spinner of renown Amol Rajan pays homage to that most eccentric of all sporting heroes -- the spin bowler. On a journey through cricket history Rajan introduces us to the greatest purveyors of that craft, from W. G. Grace to Graeme Swann via Clarrie Grimmet's flipper, Muttiah Muralitharan's helicopter wrist, Shane Warne's ball-of-the-century and all the rest.      With illustrations that lift the lid on even the most mysterious deliveries, Twirlymen is full of remarkable matches, incredible stories, and characters with more twists than a googly.