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Wounded Tiger

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  125 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
A definitive and compelling account of the controversial history of cricket in Pakistan
Paperback, 624 pages
Published April 9th 2015 by Simon & Schuster (first published May 22nd 2014)
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Swati Garg
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished reading Wounded Tiger by Peter Oborne. Mind is blown by the fighting spirit of Pak Cricket right from the start till date. Felt so good reading about Hanif Mohammad, Kardar, Imran Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq (the cricketer i admire the most after Dhoni).The part where they win their first test at Lord's, Hanif Mohammad's 337 against WI, attack on Sri Lankan team gave goosebumps. But my biggest problem with the book has to be that it dealt more with Politics than Cricket. Tape ball cr ...more
this book is very detailed history of cricket in Pakistan it is both a strength and weakness with the book but overall did learn a lot about the game in country after partition in 1947 and the gradual growth of the game and the challenging atmosphere of current Pakistan
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging account of the Pakistan Cricket. Oborne has put great effort in writing this book. The beauty of this book is that he focuses more on the early days of Pakistan Cricket. He brings to discussion the forgotten chapters of Pakistan Cricket.
A great effort though a lot of things need further explanation.
(He should also write a sequel of his wonderful odyssey after the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq. :P)
Stewart Cotterill
This book is so much more than a history of cricket in Pakistan. It is a history of empire and partition, of democracy and authoritarianism. Oborne's love of cricket and of Pakistan is self evident in this mighty tome and is dealt with fairly, without fear or favour (although some English cricket captains come in for some unnecessary criticism in my opinion). My view of Pakistan before I read this book was of a country barely surviving in a world of corruption, terrorism and fundamentalists. The ...more
Huw Rhys
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to history books, I'm a bit of an anorak. When it comes to cricket books, I'm more of a Parkha with all the furry trimmings. So a huge tome which sets itself out as a historical cricket book was almost more exciting than was containable - and at times, this book did indeed soar to the sort of heights that I was hoping it would reach. But then the next minute, it would bring the flying reader crashing down to earth with a sickening bang. For every bit of literary brilliance in this ...more
Sriram Ravichandran
Deeply researched and masterly account on Pakistan Cricket. Must Read for any cricket enthusiast!
Tariq Mahmood
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter has managed the impossible, somehow presenting mundane cricketing facts as a Scheherazade tale. From its modest beginnings, cricket in Pakistan has managed to become the defining feature for the nation. Most Pakistanis identify with cricket and live by it. But most don't know the intricate history of the game in Pakistan which somehow dampens the enthusiasm for the game. With this publication of this great book this glaring anomaly has finally been patched. Not only did the book cover all ...more
Obaidullah Khawaja
This is a well researched book in which the author goes back into history and matches the start of the game in England with its origins in the sub continent. The sections dealing with cricket in the sub continent before Independence are fascinating and so are the chapters detailing Pakistan's initial cricketing years. The initial heroes such as Kardar, Fazal, Hanif etc are also well covered as are incidents such as the Idrees Baig controversy

Where the book lacks is treating major incidents of hi
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Epic history of cricket in Pakistan very well written. Cricketing history combined with politics and society of Pakistan make it one of the truly great cricket books. Written without bias and understanding of Pakistan society the book eventually forces one to sympathise with Pakistan cricket fan & what they have gone through. However, book erroneously devotes a chapter on cricket in Kashmir with the chapter describing cricket culture in various Pakistan provinces this is my view is erroneous ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you love cricket & admire Pakistan Cricket... you will end up loving this book and the author. Peter Oborne's thoroughly well researched, articulate & passionate work is a masterpiece. I can go on and write praises but i will rather not, instead i strongly recommend this book. When a writer puts his heart in writing, the reader definitely feels it. Bravo..
Ekita Parmar
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and Inspring account of Fighting Spirit of Pakistani Cricket..

Loved the Chapter on Reverse Swing..

My Disappointment is Anti-India Bias of this Book.. Specially the Kashmir Section..
Very lazily researched and poorly Written..
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informative and entertaining, especially for South Asian cricket aficionados. Particularly enjoyable for me was reading about the influence of politics on every stage of evolution of cricket in Pakistan.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book! Gives fascinating history of Pakistan cricket
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An indispensable addition to the cricketing canon.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An outstanding book. Extremely well researched and well written. Whether you are a fan of the Pakistan team or not this become definitely is a must read for all Cricket lovers.
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