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Relive the miracle!
India can’t forget the year 1983. Nor can it forget the Lord’s cricket ground. And we don’t need to mention why. The picture of Kapil Dev with the World Cup in his hands is etched deep in the memory of every Indian with even an iota of interest in cricket. Yes, it happened at Lord’s, and it was unforgettable! Historic!
But very few would remember that there was one man who was leaving no stone unturned to capture these extraordinary moments of Indian brilliance through his camera, making them eternal for the posterity. Srenik Sett, the author-cum-photographer of the book Miracle At Lord’s, resurrects memories of the 1983 World Cup frame by frame for you. The result is a book which is rich with carefully selected rare black and white photographs of the Indian team right from the beginning of the series till the end.
Sett’s book steps into history and recreates for the reader, the mood that prevailed in the dressing rooms and on field. The black and white pictures evoke nostalgia and the accompanying narrative of Sett makes you feel as if you are part of the crowd, witnessing history in the making one more time. But the narrative has not been well-coordinated with the placement of the pictures and confuses the reader. Ideally, it should have been placed either at the beginning of the book or at the end of it. Sett’s camera acquaints you with the glory, the pain, the fears, the tension and the “Kodak moments” of the players. The collection of pictures depicting Kapil Dev’s 175 not out score at Trent Bridge and the post-victory celebrations are photographs you won’t find easily anywhere else.
Sett has handpicked some of the finest pictures of each of the 16 players representing the Indian squad in the “battle” of 1983. So the reader gets to feast his eyes on Sunil Gavaskar captured in a contemplative mood; Kapil Dev striking terror on field; Sandeep Patil signing autographs and a young Ravi Shastri listening attentively to captain Dev. There is also a section devoted to the “rivals” from West Indies. However, even though the pictures are rare and excellent, the presentation is somewhat clumsy. A lot of pictures (because they have been spread to two pages) have been marred by the centre-fold of the book. The book was done in a record time of 21 days and it does smell of a job done in a hurry. It is sprinkled with typing errors which can put you off––sometimes as annoying as coming across the word “buy” instead of “by”. It could have been better, but it’s still got its allure.
In the end, it is a book tastefully told, studded with rare gems of black and white photographs, successfully depicting the passion for the game. The book hooks you and invites you to become a part of the miracle that happened at Lord’s. Till the history isn’t repeated by the younger lads of Team India, we can cherish the memories of the 1983 victory as served by this book. A ‘must’ for the aficionados of Indian cricket.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Q. How has the book been received?
Q. Was the book release planned to coincide with the 25th anniversary of
the 1983 victory?
Q. What about the compliments you have received so far on the book?
Q. How has the game changed in the last three decades?
Miracle at Lord’s By Srenik Sett