Inwardly the thoughts of a man who never seems to show any real emotion outwardly. Takes you step by step what he was thinking on the inside when you saw his performances on the tv.
Very focused, aware of the decisions and compromises and luck that made him the man he became.
Very hard on himself, demanding the best from himself over a long period of time, showing how a great career was built.
As in The Times review of this book, it is summed up that most authors are trying to prove what a nice guy they are and trying to change your mind to think better of them. This book is different as everyone knows he is a nice guy and reveals his ruthless “assassin” streak.
I am not necessarily a cricket fan, but a general lover of sport this book is still fascinating look beneath the facade inside an professional athletes mind and how he lives. He seems to be knowledgeable across a broad range of sports from snooker to football to rugby.
I think a very useful read for aspiring athletes in many sports as Sir Alastair goes through what it takes and compares and contrasts with other disciplines and sports . With a bit of changing room and farming anecdotes thrown in!
I thought he dealt with KP in a class way, and very objectively. I felt and underlined Pieterson’s talent and attributes more than his shortcomings. I think players and humans would find it hard to act with such class towards someone who probably made their life really difficult.
I read this book all the way through in two sittings and then listened to the audiobook which actually sounds more and more like Cooky the longer you listen.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 16323 KB
- Print Length: 356 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (5 September 2019)
- Sold by: Penguin UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07NWPPV73
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 87 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)