Life in the Sunshine – T. Sathish, 2019
Since my early days residing in the UK, I became curious about a sport which is not popular at all in America (to be clear: America as the whole continent): Cricket.
A friend of mine, Sebastian, who was the captain of his team during his teenage years, told me once what he said are the ‘two truths of cricket’: it is the sport of the gentlemen and, the only one which you can watch the beginning, go for a beer and come back hours later to know exactly what has happened by reading the score (runs, overs, wickets, etc.)
Since then, although my interest for cricket did not vanish completely with the years, I have followed it sporadically, mainly The Ashes and the ODIs but, after reading ‘Life in the Sunshine’, I ought to accept that my interest for this sport revived.
The autobiography of T. Sathish takes us from his first contact with cricket when he was a kid until his big win in the inter-hostel finals. If you have ever been curious about cricket, why it can drag entire cities to the matches and why it can be a national sport even stronger than soccer in some countries, the author will answer you these are many other questions in his book. Yes, of course it is about the passion for your local and national teams, certainly it is about the dramatic turns a match can have after breaks but as the writer will show you with his work, cricket it is also about the philosophy behind the formation of the players and their selection, their personal dreams and motivations, the principles of the sport applicable to the private life and the science embroidered in it.
The world of cricket is wide and full of details that make it a fascinating matter of study as I have learned that with my English friends, but Sathish has now walked me to a next level. For example, a good friend of mine, Adam, once told me about a player: Sachin Tendulkar, “The Little Master” and I have watched a number of matches since then. Thanks to Sathish, I know now that I belong to a wider group of supporters called “the Sachinists”. I learned about the effort-saving version of cricket created by the French. Also, nn my next trip to York, I’ll get a ‘yorker’ (I am not a pitcher material, but just for the pleasure to have one.) and I will remember that epic inter-hostel final from now on when listening Queen’s hit “Don’t Stop Me Now”.
It was a delight to read ‘Live in the Sunshine’ and I confess I did not have even one break until finish it – not even the lunch or tea breaks 😉 – and I cannot wait to get into the ODIs again from a new viewpoint.
I truly hope T. Sathish will not stop his writing career here. Shall he ever resume his project of the Cricketian religion and write the Bible of Cricket?
For any new fan of cricket or lifetime follower, this is a must read.
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