Easier Said Than Done – A Life in Sport by Alan WilkinsGet to know the man behind the microphone, and the absorbing story of his Life in Sport
From Mumbai and Lahore to the Highveld of the Transvaal and in his native Wales, Alan Wilkins is internationally known and admired as an accomplished sports broadcaster. Growing up as a talented young cricketer in 1970s Cardiff, Alan dreamt of a life in sport and yearned to travel the world but, as he reveals in Easier Said Than Done, he could never have imagined he would realise his dream via a microphone and camera rather than with a bat and a ball.
Pitch report at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for ESPN Star Sports in the fourth Test between Australia and India, January 2nd–6th, 2004. It was Steve Waugh’s farewell Test (his 168th) in the baggy green cap.
With great humility and humour, Alan Wilkins tells the fascinating story of how he swapped the life of a sports teacher for a career as a professional cricketer with Glamorgan and Gloucestershire – taking over 370 wickets and playing in the 1977 Gillette Cup final – and how it was brought to a devastating end in 1983 by a debilitating shoulder injury.
Determined that his Life in Sport would not end after his enforced retirement from cricket, Alan vividly describes how, with determination and enthusiasm, he embarked on a new and successful career in sports broadcasting which has seen him commentate on many of the world’s greatest sporting occasions – from Wimbledon to The Masters and from the Rugby World Cup to the Indian Premier League and Pakistan Super League – and how he has forged lifelong friendships with many legends of the sporting world.
Alan is the consummate broadcasting professional. I have known him since I began my
international cricket journey. I have always admired his commentating skills and unbiased
views on various sports that he covers.
‘Alan was an excellent county cricketer … He may be Cardiff born and Cardiff bred but, in a
broadcasting sense, Alan is ‘a citizen of the world’.’
‘Easier Said Than Done reads the same way as our chats, so enjoy the book in the same way
as I am fortunate to enjoy his friendship – with a warm smile!’
‘Alan Wilkins has to be the nicest man in broadcasting. There is nobody who is so gentle, so
kind, so generous with his time and someone who laughs at himself as much as Wilko does.’
‘Alan epitomises what sport is all about.’
Alan Wilkins at his book launch in Mumbai, remembering lighter moments with Sunil Gavaskar –
Witty repartee with Murali Kartik, Gautam Bhimani, Sunil Gavaskar. Friends and sports, what else does one need?
A few photos from the book launch in Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata
Book Launch at The Park, Kolkata
Book Launch at Quorum, New Delhi
Book Launch at Taj Lands End, Mumbai
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