Now that Pakistan pace ace Shoaib Akhtar's book, Controversially Yours, is virtually assured of bestseller status, will other players take inspiration to write autobiographies? Here are some title suggestions...
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's recent and controversial autobiography made me think. If he can 'write' a book, why not Indian Test cricketers?
What have I done? Shoaib Akhtar, who has caused much heat with
his new book. PIC/Getty Images
Here are suggestions for autobiography titles:
The Great Wall of India, My Very Very Special Story, Viru's Gunning for a Six, Yuvi's Six Appeal and Saving for a Raina Day.
The English way
At least nine cricket books were written after England regained the Ashes in 2005. I wonder how many will be written after Andrew Strauss' men dethroned India to reach the No 1 Test ranking. Some zany ideas for autobiography titles for them: Eat, Pray and Cook, It Rings a Bell, My Broad, Broad Ways, Swann Song, Waltzing with Strauss, Fox Trott and Flint off his game?
Some ideas for Australian Test cricketers: Fast bowler Trent Copeland getting a wicket off his second ball in Test cricket at Galle inspired me with this novel notion. Why not title his biography, Cope Lands a Winner? Then I saw Peter Siddle in the Australian dressing room sitting between Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey. The title of his bio/ghosted autobiography sprung to my mind: Siddle in the Middle.
Doug Bollinger with his contrasting hair-dos and expertise in clowning has a book in him for sure: Bo Lingers on.
Dizzy Heights should be an apt title for Jason 'Dizzy' Gillespie's best-seller. Jason 'Crazy' Krejza, has just the title to tantalise readers: Crazy Tale -- 8 for 215 and all that.
And how about Star Waughs, What's on, Watson, Taylor-made and Mark My Words. Bosom pals Simon Katich and Michael Clarke can consider a joint autobiography titled, Kat and Pup Story. And howzatt for No Paine, No Gain by Tim Paine, Marsh Mallows by debutant centurion Shaun Marsh, I Blew It by Greg Blewett, From hero to Zoehrer by Tim Zoehrer and What more do you want? by Dav Whatmore.
May I request the Test stars who aspire to become authors to hurry up with their life stories? I nominate myself as their ghost writer!
Kersi Meher Homji is an Indian cricket writer based in Sydney