Saturday, December 3, 2011

Don's Century released

Don’s Century
Fully illustrated
188 pages, French fold paperback, 8.5" x 11" (A-4)

Published by Sporting Links
ISBN 978-81-901668-5-0


‘Don’s Century’ pays tribute to Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest batsman there has ever been, whose birth centenary was celebrated in 2008. The book by Indra Vikram Singh, the only Indian biographer of Bradman, is a celebration of the life and magical willow of The Don, and also of the art of batting and indeed the game of cricket

The 11-chapter book, interspersed with stories and comments from legendary writers and cricketers alike, and extensively researched from scores of old publications, has three sections.

The main segment brings forth Bradman's days at the crease from Bowral to Sydney, on to Lord's and Leeds, back to Adelaide, and finishing at The Oval in 1948. The legend begins with young Don’s rise to the top, his first fifty and hundred in the backwaters of Bowral, the maiden double century against Wingello and triple ton versus Moss Vale, hundred on first-class debut and on to Test cricket. Bradman’s legendary feats in the Test arena are recalled in all their magnificence, the hundreds in his first Test series, the unprecedented and still-unparalleled triumphs of the Ashes tour of 1930, and annihilation of the West Indies and South African teams.

The saga undergoes a dramatic twist with the vicious Bodyline attack that was devised solely to decimate the genius of Bradman. This chapter carries extracts from letters received by the author from England’s Bob Wyatt who was vice captain to Douglas Jardine during this infamous series.

The aftermath of Bodyline, Bradman’s stirring fightbacks on and off the field, how his stirring deeds brought solace to the suffering millions during the Great Depression, and his resilience as captain of Australia are presented lucidly, leading to the sabbatical brought about by the Second World War. The final lap of The Don’s career after the war, the firm hold on the Ashes, his exploits against the first Indian team after the nation’s independence, and finally the 1948 tour of England by his ‘Invincibles’ are described vividly and objectively. The text is supplemented by twenty scorecards detailing Bradman’s finest achievements in the first-class and Test arenas.

A large chapter in the middle is a panorama of batting portraying thirty-four of the best players from W.G. Grace, K.S. Ranjitsinhji, Victor Trumper and Jack Hobbs to Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden, for no story of Sir Donald Bradman can be complete without an appraisal of other giants of the crease.

The third and concluding part explores Don Bradman’s personal life and family, his persona and way of life, post-retirement days and role as cricket administrator, trials and tribulations, and the final stretch of one of the most amazing stories ever, of a sporting hero and icon beyond compare. The book carries a handwritten letter from The Don received by the author Indra Vikram Singh in 1999, and an article based on it that he wrote at Bradman’s demise in 2001.

There are nearly 100 classic black & white photographs of Bradman and other greats. A comprehensive statistical section highlighting Bradman’s accomplishments and records sums up the inspirational tale. There is a detailed index that makes the book extremely user-friendly.

Don's Century will be available in leading bookshops in the next few days. The author Indra Vikram Singh can be contacted on email or

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Comments of famous personalities on the book 'A Maharaja's Turf'

This is what some famous personalities have to say about 'A Maharaja's Turf' :

A most enjoyable and interesting book, which tells the story of the huge success in European racing of the Maharaja of Rajpipla at a time when he, and several other Indian princes, ranked high on the owners lists.
…..Lester Piggott, OBE, now 76 years old, one of the greatest jockeys ever, with 4,493 career wins including nine Epsom Derby victories.

Intriguing, most interesting, it brought back lots of memories.
…..Sir Peter O’Sullevan, aged 93, often described as ‘the voice of racing’, ‘the most famous commentator of the 20th century’ and ‘the true voice of the sport’.

The volume brings together an impressive range of primary material on the life and racing interests of Maharaja Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla. Anyone interested in the culture of princely India in the 20th century will find the book a fascinating read and a rich source of information.” 
.....Dr Amin Jaffer, International Director Asian Art, Christie’s, London.

This is a wonderful record of a unique era.
.....Brough Scott, UK Sportswriter of the Year 2010.

Indra Vikram Singh has told an important story well”. 
.....Tim Cox, highly-acclaimed historian of the thoroughbred breed, owner of an extensive library. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Crowning Glory: Special supplement on India's triumph in the ICC World Cup 2011

Crowning Glory is a special supplement on India's triumph in the ICC World Cup 2011, written, designed and produced by Indra Vikram Singh. The Indian team lifted the One-day cricket World Cup for the second time on 2nd April 2011 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, crowning a glorious four-year stint in which the inspired outfit won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 and reached the no. 1 spot in Test cricket in 2010 for the first time in its history. This World Cup triumph also crowned the glittering career of the inimitable Sachin Tendulkar who has set lofty benchmarks in Test matches as well as One-day Internationals.

Recounting the story of the 2011 cricket World Cup, Crowning Glory brings forth the hot spots - the highlights of this exhilarating tournament, the legends of the World Cup who sparkled in the event, and the new records that were set up. There are breathtaking photographs that tell a graphic tale, encapsulating another thrilling chapter in India's journey in the world of cricket.

This special supplement will be complimentary with the 544-page collector's edition 'The Big Book of World Cup Cricket' (ISBN 978-81-901668-4-3) by Indra Vikram Singh. The Big Book of World Cup Cricket as well as Crowning Glory (ISBN 978-81-901668-6-7, stand-alone price Rupees 200) are published by Sporting Links.

The author Indra Vikram Singh may be contacted on email or mobile phone no. +91 9899579063.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Maharaja's Turf

This is the story of the exhilarating win of Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla in the English Derby at Epsom in 1934, the only Indian owner to win the blue riband of the turf in its 231-year history. His horse Windsor Lad triumphed on that cloudy afternoon of 6th June, earning the Maharaja a unique hat-trick of Derby victories as he had already clinched the first Indian Derby at Calcutta in 1919 with his horse Tipster, and the Irish Derby at Curragh in 1926 with Embargo.

It is a fully illustrated book by Maharaja Vijaysinhji’s grandson Indra Vikram Singh, with classic media photographs of the race and from the Rajpipla royal family collection over many generations. The book has been extensively researched from about 80 newspapers and magazines of 1934 and five books, besides websites, and carries articles by Maharaja Vijaysinhji himself. There are news reports, cartoons and caricatures which open out a whole new world to the modern reader. Featured in its pages are King George V and Queen Mary and other members of the British royal family, the Aga Khan, Maharaja Man Singh II of Jaipur and the leading racehorses, owners, trainers and jockeys of the day, among other eminent personalities.

The book affords a look at a bygone era of a princely way of life and the days of the Raj, into the period between the two World Wars, delves into history and links the past with present times. It unfolds the tale of the uncanny prophesy of Gipsy Lee, the several coincidences around the number 13, the defeat of a ‘super-horse’, and the unrelenting quest of a prince to realise his dream, that is bound to keep the reader transfixed.

A Maharaja’s Turf is published by Sporting Links and already available in leading bookshops in India.
ISBN 978-81-901668-3-6, 148 pages, Hardbound, Fully illustrated, MRP Rupees 1995.

The author Indra Vikram Singh may be contacted on email, or mobile phone no. + 91 9899579063.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Collector's edition The Big Book of World Cup Cricket 1975-2011 by Indra Vikram Singh

A definitive, fully illustrated collector's edition showcasing all the cricket World Cup tournaments from 1975 to 2007, and previewing the ICC World Cup 2011.

Published by 
Sporting Links
ISBN 978-81-901668-4-3 
Fully Illustrated 
Hardback, 544 Pages 
22.5 cm x 28 cm
x 2.5 cm

This is a story of the cricket World Cup from 1975 to 2007, along with a preview of the 2011 World Cup. It takes the reader down memory lane to 49 classic matches, those nail-biting encounters and stunning upsets, and 51 memorable individual performances by players in different matches. The Hall of Fame section showcases 93 top players in the World Cup and also features interviews with Cup-winning captains Kapil Dev, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting.

The statistics section contains full scorecards of all the 303 matches and performances of all the 19 teams that have appeared in the 9 World Cups from 1975 to 2007. There are detailed records, and batting averages, bowling averages and fielding data of all the 823 players who turned out in the premier event till then.

The tailenders bring forth the lighter moments and trivia. As many as 250 photographs, mostly in colour, from the world's leading photographers and agencies Patrick Eagar, Getty Images and Pradeep Mandhani embellish this mammoth effort.

The piece-de-resistance is a handwritten letter of Sir Donald Bradman received by the author in 1999, which led the author to dedicate the book to The Don himself.

A special 44-page colour supplement on the ICC World Cup 2011, Crowning Glory (ISBN 978-81-901668-6-7) by Indra Vikram Singh, is available complimentary with The Big Book of World Cup Cricket.

Indra Vikram Singh is author of several books, including 'A Maharaja's Turf' on the triumph of his grandfather Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla in the Epsom Derby of England in 1934, the only Indian owner ever to win the blue riband of the turf in its 230-year history; and 'Don's Century', which is a biography of Don Bradman and a panorama of batting from the 1860s to present times, making him the only Indian biographer of The Don.

The hardback book is published by Sporting Links, and though it carries a MRP of Rs. 4000, there are attractive discounts offered at various outlets and websites, including

(Author Indra Vikram Singh can be contacted at

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Little Big Book of World Cup Cricket, 2011 edition, by Indra Vikram Singh

A snapshot of the cricket World Cup from its inception in 1975 to 2007, and a preview of the 2011 tournament

My fourth book 'The Little Big Book of World Cup Cricket', edition II 2011, published by Media Eight, ISBN 9788173142208, 288 pages paperback, and priced at Rs. 295, hit the bookshelves in early January 2011. This is the updated version of the 2007 edition of the book with the same title.

Attractively designed in a manner that reflects the modern game, the book narrates the story of all the nine cricket World Cups from 1975 to 2007, and carries a preview of the 2011 ICC World Cup being staged in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19 to April 2, 2011. Like the shorter version of the game, the book gives a snapshot of the tournament, thereby affording brisk, easy reading. There are 49 classic matches from the exhilarating one-wicket victory of the West Indies over Pakistan at Edgbaston in 1975 to another nail-biting one-wicket triumph by England at the expense of the West Indies in Brian Lara's swansong at Bridgetown in 2007.

The 51 amazing individual performances include the blitzkrieg by Vivian Richards and Collis King in the 1979 final and the onslaught by Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn in the 2003 final. The exploits of 50 legends of the World Cup encompassing the likes of Kapil Dev and Lance Klusener are chronicled in precise words.

To sum up this showpiece event is the 80-page records section that brings to the aficionado all the highlights and the glorious achievements of superstars like Sachin Tendulkar and Glenn McGrath. It is a handy book that affords a panoramic view of cricket's ultimate test in One-day cricket.