In what is a highly original and easy to read yarn, Carroll-Smith, transfixed from childhood by the diminutive Indian batsman, resolves to not just bowl to Tendulkar on India’s tour of England last summer, but to knock his off-stump over too with just one single ball. Given that, as Carroll-Smith admits himself, he is not much of a cricketer his quest at the outset appears to fall somewhere between the impossible and highly unlikely categories.
We won’t ruin it by revealing whether Carroll-Smith succeeds in his aim, but we will happily recommend what is a hugely enjoyable read (unless your name is Ronnie Irani who comes in for a bit of stick), which is full of fun, frolics, alcohol and plenty of self-deprecating humour.
Our favourite part is when Carroll-Smith in an attempt to get into the Indian dressing room to speak to Tendulkar during the tour match at Northampton tries the Obi-wan Kenobi trick of telling the steward that he doesn't need to see his pass. Naturally, Carroll-Smith's grasp of the force isn't quite up with Kenobi's and his plan is foiled with the pain deepened even further when he is advised that Tendulkar isn't even in Northampton.
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