He played for Australia but captured the cricket of India, in all its kaleidoscopic forms.
While delving deep into the world of cricket in India, Steve Waugh saw the game which is more a way of life here, being played by monks at the foothills of the Himalayas.
He saw the sport being played on the beaches, the deserts, the mountains.
The much-admired Australian great was swept off his feet by the sight of a disabled player, being supported by a bamboo on one side, “flying through the air like ninja warriors” while hurling the ball.
He was equally enamoured by dreamy-eyed youngsters playing on the dusty grounds of the famous Azad Maidan in Mumbai.
“This place reeked of cricket and I loved it,” Waugh said of the Azad Maidan, according to abc.net.au.
“They’re quite amazing, these guys, flying through the air like ninja warriors and landing on these bamboo poles,” he said.
The book The Spirit of Cricket – India by Waugh contains over 200 photographs captured by the former Australia captain during his many trips to the cricket-mad country.
A collection of over 70 photographs clicked by Waugh will be on display during an exhibition in Sydney at the end of this month.
“India gave me lifelong memories, but life-changing moments,” Waugh said.
“The concept of this book was to try and find out why cricket is a religion in India.”
Over 18 days and with a camera in hand, Waugh toured across the country, from the streets of Mumbai and Jodhpur, the alleys of Kolkata to