Book review: KP, the autobiography

Rating: 5 out of 5, without question. Why, in a (long) sentence: It is a very unusual autobiography, where the writer has paid scant attention to being politically correct (nudge nudge SRT) and while telling his life’s story, also offered some unique perspectives, all very well written to boot. The antistable review This is wonderfully written and timely autobiography that needed to be written. England cricket has become shockingly inward looking and self deluding over the years where somehow all involved – the fan, the administrator, the player – are guardians of morality in their minds. Guarding the game from these terrible Indians the audacious new rich. In reality, the country that hates the IPL and blames it for all the ills of the game, whether a player’s injury or a spinner’s skils, bent over backwards for Stanford’s dirty money. The Sky deal, the helicopter landing on Lords, and the curbs on player freedom to benefit their own sponsors, all point to a greater degree of cynical and mercenary attitude amongst the ECB and English cricket setup than exists in India. KP talks about this in a way nobody in England has the guts to. While preaching to everyone with moral certitude they have been openly encouraging poor behaviour from their fast bowlers toward other teams as well as allowing a group of bullies to make life difficult for...

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