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India's 71-Year Test: The Journey to Triumph in Australia


India’s 71-Year Test presents the story of the Indian Men’s Cricket Team in what is considered one of its greatest recurring challenges – taking on Australia in Test cricket, Down Under. Though perceived as a ‘modern’ rivalry, particularly compared to the Ashes, India’s quest for victory on Aussie soil dates back to 1947, the year the country gained independence. The journey has since spanned generations of superstar players and world-beating teams, and the two nations now highly prize the Border–Gavaskar Trophy. This publication charts how, on the shoulders of these ‘giants’, a confident and talented Indian touring side of 2018/19 was finally able to reach the summit. India’s 71-Year Test is a highly pictorial and easy-to-digest collection of short stories, key statistics and over 200 images from the first 12 tours to Australia – many of which were brought to light thanks to the Bradman Museum’s Holman Collection of historical press photographs. Ravi Shastri, who has the unique perspective of touring Australia both as a player and as coach of the successful side, has provided a comprehensive foreword based on his rare insights.

R Kaushik is one of India’s respected cricket writers with nearly three decades of experience. He worked for seven years with Newstime in Hyderabad, before moving to Bengaluru, where he was with Deccan Herald for 14 years and Wisden India for six years. He is presently a freelance writer based in Bengaluru. Kaushik has covered all ICC Cricket World Cups from 1996, has reported on more than 100 Test matches involving India across the cricketing world, and was witness to India’s historic 2–1 victory in Australia in 2018/19. He is also the co-author of Indian batting star VVS Laxman’s award-winning autobiography 281 and Beyond, which was released in November 2018.

* The first coffee-table book on the Australian-Indian Test rivalry
* Full coverage of Indias victorious tour of Australia in 2018/19 – arguably the nations greatest cricketing achievement
* Endorsement and Foreword written by current Indian Mens Team coach and former star player Ravi Shastri
* Support from famous Indian cricket media personality Harsha Bhogle since conception of idea (8 million + followers on social media)
* Excellent timing, with the release coinciding with the 2020/21 Indian tour of Australia
 * 660,000 Indian-born resident Australians are the key target market, along with all cricket enthusiasts
* Accessible content, with over 200 photos and short easy-to-digest stories within four chapters
* Eye-catching imagery, from mid-century black-and-white press images to the vivid photography of the 2018/19 summer
* An initiative of the Bradman Foundation & Museum
* Proceeds go to the Bradman Foundation & Museum to support their ongoing work
* Slated public launch prior to the upcoming 2020/21 Test series (commencing on 3 December) – details in planning
* A coordinated press release campaign to all relevant media outlets in conjunction with the Bradman Foundation & Museum
* Likely support from Harsha Bhogle to promote the book to his 8 million + social media followers, with images and extracts to entice consumers in the cricket marketplace
* Plans for book signings by the author and Foreword writer
* Copies will be made available to sports media outlets for reviews and possible feature articles, and also to be used as prizes in cricket promotions throughout the summer

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