A "must-read" : Deep Cricketing and Life Insights With Straightforward Narration
Cricket lovers the world over revere AB de Villiers, lovingly called ABD, as one of the finest of batsmen that the game has produced. After all, the fastest 50,100 and 150 runs world records in one day internationals stand in his name (Source: Statistics in the autobiography) . After reading his autobiography, you get convinced that ABD is as much a human being with “towering” personality, as the towering sixers he dispatches all across the world stadiums.
Who is the bowler ABD regards as the most difficult to play? What two other sports ABD exceled in his teens apart from cricket? Why and what sport he gave up in order to concentrate on cricket? How team cricket South Africa motivates itself? At what world famous monument did ABD propose his to be wife Danielle? Which significant cricket record ABD let go in order to be present for his son’s birth? What fine art ABD enjoys and also contributes to? ABD’s autobiography has answers to these and many more such interesting anecdotes.
The autobiography is not aimed at making sensational statements or “revelations”. It is a frank but entertaining and informative share of cricketing world that surrounded ABD since his childhood.
A Wealth of Cricketing Insights and Cricketing World
A genuine cricket fan wishes to know all aspects of the game. How a cricketer groomed himself in his younger days, who were his colleagues, mentors, coaches, what challenges he conquered, the support system he had and most importantly, how the cricketer finally exceled in his art. You have it all in ABD’s autobiography.
ABD shares his cricketing journey from being a hard hitting back-yard cricketer in his home to a mature international cricketer who can defend and build his innings. ABD also shares his insights about ever changing cricketing world from test cricket to one day internationals to T-20 cricket and how cricketers are adapting to these changes.
You also get to know good glimpses of how South African cricket system works from schools, universities and to the highest professional level.
ABD vividly paints in words, all major matches that he has played since childhood. He even describes ball by ball happenings of some interesting parts of the matches. The description gives you a cricketer’s insights into the game, the preparations they undergo, enormous pressures and expectations they handle.
Being Thankful, Being Grateful
ABD reverently mentions his meeting with the revered world leader Nelson Mandela and ABD’s learning from the world leader.
All cricket lovers in India have enjoyed ABD’s game and simply admire him. In turn, you come to know how much ABD admires India. He has devoted an entire chapter to ever progressing India and Indian cricket lovers.
ABD is grateful and acknowledges contribution of his family, school, all his mentors such as Jonty Rhodes, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, Mark Boucher in his career and most importantly he attributes all his skills, achievements to the Almighty! He shares how he grew together in cricketing career with his colleagues Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn. He takes interest in careers of new generation cricketers like Rabada. He respects many international cricketers.
In the end, for those interested in cricket records, the book has detailed statistics of ABD’s career to date.
Takeaway: A Must Read For Every Cricket Lover and Personal, Professional Inspiration
Great achievers have respect other greats. Master batsman Virat Kohli recently referred to ABD as a “role model for every walk of life.” The ABD autobiography is exactly on same lines- the book is a true inspiration to build a great but straightforward, well-meaning, career in cricket or in any walk of life or profession.
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Many motivational speakers and books rightly keep telling us that perseverance against all odds is the key. They also tell us “never, never, give up”. How about a life’s true story that embodies to the highest extent all that motivational speakers have been advocating?
We keep reading and coming across grit displayed by entrepreneurs, by sports persons, scientists, war heroes, filmmakers, actors and many more. The book “No Looking Back” authored by Shivani Gupta describes grit in the form of an invincible determination to triumph over a physical disability unexpectedly imposed by an accident. It is true life story of the author Shivani Gupta.
The book “No Looking Back” has many life lessons in perseverance, taking the next leap of life after each experience of fall, examples of individuals with most positive outlooks towards life, descriptions of family lives, values and unique family support system in Indian context and importantly the challenges differently abled people face. Last but not the least the book has a noble love story.
The author met with two severe road accidents in her life and the book surrounds her rise again from those two accidents. The first accident that took place in her early youth, left her tetraplegic and her sheer grit enabled her to rise again. She did not simply rise to live a life of purpose but excelled in many fields including acquiring higher education, her social entrepreneurship and pioneering work in the field of accessibility for differently abled citizens in India.
The book has an apt combination of the author’s childhood and her struggle after the accident. She has intensely described various individuals who played a crucial role in author’s bringing up and later struggle. The author describes in detail her mother, father, her elder sister, grand parents, author’s two carers, the doctor who instilled first confidence and proper direction to the author’s treatment, her pet dog. The author passionately describes in detail her very supporting, motivating best friend and husband Vikas.
The author has narrated the entire book in a riveting manner and the book has a swift flow. Throughout the book, she has narrated incidences in powerful and most fitting vocabulary that bring the real life incidences live in front of reader’s eyes.
The entire book has a very positive disposition towards life. The author is however, very candid in describing certain strange behaviours as well as some positive deeds, actions by the individuals / institutions. She narrates even her own shortcomings.
The author champions cause of differently abled people, as her life mission. She states that differently abled people do not need charity or sympathy from society but they look forward to a total inclusiveness.
The book is remarkable work of literature, especially coming from one who is not a seasoned author. The book apart from being a very inspiring story of grit, is also an insight into the world and challenges of differently abled citizens. The book is strongly recommended for reading.