Books are a man’s best friend, who would disagree. Reading is a recreation enjoyed by many however it is not just that. Books for many years have been a huge source of knowledge and information. Most importantly, books inspire us. While fantasies give us fictional heroes to look up to, autobiographies give us human ones. We can learn so much from simple documentation of a person’s life in their own words and also learn life lessons that will help us grow as individuals.
There are a lot of great books on cricket and its players. Everyone has heard of autobiographies of Sachin Tendulkar’s Playing it my way, AB – the autobiography by AB De Villiers, 281 and beyond by VVS Laxman, The Test of my Life by Yuvraj Singh, and many more. There are also books like Numbers Don’t Matter by Aakash Chopra and The Commonwealth of Cricket which captures the game well.
Unfortunately, like in this list, books on women’s cricket are scarce and in the books referred to above, women’s cricket usually does not or barely gets a mention. Even if there are only a few available, we are unaware of them. This is a problem because books are a huge influence in sparking interest in new topics. We have incredible autobiographies by other sportswomen such as Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, and Sania Mirza. These books have sparked interest and also inspired young girls to pursue these sports. Cricket is the biggest sport in India but the spotlight on women’s cricket is dim and hence books on them have been minimal. Publications do not feel the need for these books because the demand is so little.
Hence, we are going to bring the spotlight to books that have been published on women’s cricket.
|Name of Book||Author||Year of Publishing||Link to Buy|
|Heyhoe! The Autobiography of Rachel Heyhoe Flint||Rachel Heyhoe Flint||1978||https://amzn.to/3ztH82W|
|Fair Play: The Story of Women’s Cricket||Netta Rheinberg and Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Baroness Heyhoe-Flint||1976||Not available|
|Skirting the Boundary: A History of Women’s Cricket||Isabelle Duncan||2013||https://amzn.to/3pUrfzc|
|The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India||Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Patnaik||2018||https://www.amazon.in/Fire-Burns-Blue-History-Cricket/dp/9387894436|
|The Warm Sun on My Face: The Story of Women’s Cricket in New Zealand||Adrienne Simpson and Trevor Auger||2020||Not available|
|Clearing Boundaries: The Rise of Australian Women’s Cricket||Fiona Bollen and Matt Bonser||2020||Not available|
|Rising Spell in Women’s Cricket||Dr. Roopali Slathia and Mukta Singla||2017||https://amzn.to/3mVScR6|
|Free Hit: The Story of Women’s Cricket in India||Suprita Das||2018||https://amzn.to/333JpWo|
|Enid Bakewell: Coalminer’s Daughter||Simon Sweetman||2018||Not available|
|Women at the Wicket: A History of Women’s Cricket in Interwar England Volume 4 of Cricket Witness||Adam McKie||2018||Not available|
|Girls of Summer: An Ashes Year with the England Women’s Cricket Team||David Tossell||2016||https://amzn.to/3FXirxZ|
|Shaker: Run-maker, Wicket-Taker||Lisa Sthalekar||2012||https://amzn.to/3eNQHjw|
|Captain’s File – From Peden to Haynes: Australia’s Women’s Test Cricket Captains||Rob Harvey||2018||https://www.amazon.com/Captains-FIle-Haynes-Australias-Cricket/dp/1985183528|
|The Sport of Grace: Women’s Cricket in Victoria The beginning||Betty Butcher||1984||Not available|
|Ice Cream with Chilli Powder: A manager’s account of a Women’s Cricket Tour of India in the 1970s||Betty Butcher||1996||Not available|
|Cricket in Long Skirts: Women’s Cricket 1905-1916||Betty Butcher||2003||Not available|
|Women’s Test Cricket: The Golden Triangle 1934-84||Joan Lillian Hawes||1987||https://amzn.to/3znWfe2|
|Wicket Women: Cricket & Women in Australia||Amanda Weaver, Richard Cashman, and Sandra Glass||1991||https://amzn.to/3JDjUvM|
|Women’s Cricket and Global Processes: The Emergence and Development of Women’s Cricket as a Global Game||Philippa Velija||2015||https://amzn.to/31qMNdt|