Nothing unites India like cricket. The Indian team is a glorious mix of people from big cities and small, from different religions, classes, castes, regions and languages. The sport, then, reflects the best of India. Juggernaut Books, Royal Opera House, Mumbai and Avid Learning invite you to celebrate the release of journalist Rajdeep Sardesai's new book, Democracy’s XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story, in the presence of cricketing legends Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. The duo will then be in conversation with cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle and the author.
Rajdeep Sardesai is a senior journalist, author, and TV news presenter. Currently the consulting editor and lead news anchor of the India Today group, he has 28 years of journalistic experience in print and television. He was the founder editor of the IBN 18 network. Prior to that, he was Managing Editor of both NDTV 24X7 and NDTV India. He has also worked with The Times of India and was city editor of its Mumbai edition at the age of 26. He has won more than 50 awards for journalistic excellence, including the prestigious Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008. Sardesai writes a fortnightly column across several newspapers and is the third most followed journalist in the world on Twitter. A graduate of St Xaviers College, he has completed his Masters and LLB from Oxford University and played first class cricket at Oxford and captained Mumbai schools.Read more
Sunil Gavaskar is India's greatest ever opening batsman, who set the gold standard for Indian batting by breaking Sir Don Bradman's record of 29 centuries and the first to reach 10,000 test runs. Gavaskar conquered the fastest bowlers in the world to become the 'Little Master'. For millions, he is still the face of Indian cricket's rise to a new professional era.Read more
Sachin Tendulkar: the Bharat Ratna of Indian cricket, became the first sportsperson to be awarded India's highest civilian honour. Has broken every record in the book, the first cricketer to score 100 international centuries, Tendulkar who played his first test aged 16, is a folk hero. For almost a quarter century, he carried the weight of Indian cricket on his shoulders and took it to new heights.Read more