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Twice upon a Time India’s Fairytale Cricket Victories of 1971

Author Name: Nishad Pai Vaidya and Sachin Bajaj | Format: Paperback | Genre : Sports & Games | Other Details

The year 1971 is considered an epochal moment in Indian history. A young nation was finding its feet on the world stage and building confidence to face challenges. On the political front, India took a giant leap with its firm stance in its conflict with Pakistan, which eventually led to the creation of Bangladesh. The same rapid strides were replicated on the cricket field when the Indian team achieved the unthinkable. Ajit Wadekar and his men clinched series victories in West Indies and England, thereby showing the world that India was ready for the big stage. A young Sunil Gavaskar exuded the confidence of the youth, willing to break the shackles. The veteran Dilip Sardesai symbolised India’s inherent grit, while the likes of BS Chandrasekhar and Bishan Singh Bedi represented brilliance in craft. Eknath Solkar, S Abid Ali and S Venkataraghavan represented stability. All these qualities combined to help India achieve its finest hour in its cricket history until then. Indian cricket has achieved a lot since, but it all started with 1971. As we mark 50 years of those great triumphs, this book brings to you a collection of 71 anecdotes from Indian cricket’s special year - 1971. 

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Nishad Pai Vaidya and Sachin Bajaj

Nishad Pai Vaidya is a sports anchor and writer based in Mumbai, India. With over a decade’s experience in sports, Nishad has worked in different capacities to build a well-rounded perspective. As a reporter, he has covered six ICC world events. He has worked with numerous media houses such as BBC Asian Network, Mid-Day, Latestly and CricketCountry to name a few. As a Media Manager, he has worked with the Indian Premier League (IPL), Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) and the Gujarat Lions. Nishad runs Niche Sports – a joint venture with Sachin Bajaj. 

Sachin Bajaj is the Founder and Managing Director of the Global Cricket School, a venture that has facilitated quality cricket coaching, training and camps. A sports lover since his early days, Sachin is the former Vice President of the Greater Mumbai Badminton Association and former Council Member of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association. He has published numerous books and has co-authored two books – Reaching Beyond the Boundary with Stewart Cotterill and Fortune Turners – The Quartet that Spun India to Glory with Aditya Bhushan. Sachin runs Niche Sports - a joint venture with Nishad Pai Vaidya. 

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