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12 Best Sports Autobiographies and Biographies that you should read

There is something special about knowing the real-life stories, failures, and route to success of the people who inspire us. These 12 books are not only about the sports persons glorifying lives but also every hidden truth and struggle behind this dreamy life.

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There is something special about knowing the real-life stories of the people who inspire us. Their struggle, failures, and route to success inspire us to overcome our failures. Diving into the world of an unknown person whom we know from the outside but not from the inside is a wonderful feeling. Reading about inspirational lives and painting a fictional world inside our minds is everything a book lover needs. Reading good books, spending quality time, learning, and getting inspired is what these 15 autobiographies are all about. These 12 books are not only about the sports persons glorifying lives but also every hidden truth and struggle behind this dreamy life.

1. 281 and Beyond

Author- R. Kaushik and VVS Laxman

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The autobiography 281 and beyond is all about VVS Laxman’s experience of his cricket career. The stories revolve around the dressing room, the champagne evenings, the opponents, tactics used in different formats, lessons learned from John Wright, and hard times with Greg Chappell. He also shares his fair share of struggle and pressure of being a part of the Indian squad.

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2. A Century is not Enough: My Roller-coaster Ride to Success

Author- Gautama Bhaṭṭacarya and Sourav Ganguly

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In this biography, the former captain of the Indian cricket team discussed all the good and bad faces of his cricket career. The story revolves around how he fought back against the bad and brought glory to the nation and how he developed himself in this long journey.

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3. Faster Than Lightning: My Autobiography

Author- Book by Matt Allen and Usain Bolt

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The world’s fastest man shared his story from the beginning in Jamaica to his popularity in Beijing and each step of his success since lighting up London in 2012.

4. Playing It My Way

Author- Boria Majumdar and Sachin Tendulkar

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It is nearly impossible to find someone like Sachin Tendulkar in the history of cricket. A player overwhelmed with everyone’s love and burdened with everyone’s expectations. This story summarises his initial days, his entire career, the journey from injuries to failure to extreme success to criticism and little unknown facts about him. He has always been a private man so this book gives a little sneak peek into his private life as well.

5. No Spin

Author- Mark Nicholas and Shane Warne

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One of the greatest spinners in the history of cricket wrote his life story here. Shane was loved by everyone yet he faced many challenges during his time. He opened about those moments in this book. Starting from his career in 1992 and his retirement in 2013, he said his story with utmost honesty. It gives insight into his life and glittering years.

6. The Mamba Mentality: How I Play

Author- Kobe Bryant

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This autobiography is entirely based on Kobe’s personal views and outlook on his personal and professional life. After he retired he decided to share his knowledge and views of basketball with the audience and readers to give them insights about the thinkings of the basket place and inspiring the young players and fans. Kobe revealed his own applied tactics and steps that he took to prepare himself both physically and mentally to win the matches and prosper. This book is quite a visual treat because it is a combination of Kobe’s own stories and photographs of Hall of Fame Photographer Andrew D. and Bernstein.

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7. Cricket Drona: For the Love of Vasoo Paranjape

Author- Jatin Paranjpe

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Cricket Drona is everything about the life of the cricket genius, Vasoo Paranjape. He had a major impact on the game, and the lives of some of Indian cricket’s greatest figures like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Rohit Sharma. This book has essays on life lessons and experiences by the people who were mentored by Paranjape in their careers. He guided a lot of cricketers during his time. Paranjape has been an inspiration for many all around the world.

8. Madman: Out of the Shadows of Shame and Into the Light of Grace

Author- Jeremy Affeldt

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In Madman, Jeremy Affeldt shares his story of being a good Christian to the world but living like a different person at home. He described how living two lives damaged his personal life and marriage. Jeremy poured his heart into this book. He played Major League Baseball for 14 years, finishing his career with the San Francisco Giants during their championship years. He shared instances and memories of the field and those days. After winning the World Series in 2012 and the birth of his third child, his personal life changed entirely. The time was hard and everything was falling down.

9. Dipa Karmakar: The Small Wonder

Author- Bishweshwar Nandi, Digvijay Singh Deo, and Vimal Mohan

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The biography of Dipa Karmakar tells the story of her passion, hard work struggle, and journey from Tripura to representing India in the Olympics. She is the first Indian Female Gymnast to participate in the Olympics and this story depicts her determination and perseverance to reach glory.

10. Neymar: the Ultimate Fan Book

Author- Nick Callow

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The biography of the football star Neymar by Nick Callow is a virtual tour into his life. The book is updated with all his records, stats, fats, and lots of illustrations and photographs. After reading this book, you can understand his techniques and skills and how he used them to become a global icon at such an early age.

11. Driven: The Virat Kohli Story

Author- Vijay Lokapally

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The entire world knows about Virat Kohli. Everyone is well aware of his records and achievements at such an early age. His glory is dominant but most people do not know his past or the struggles he faced before joining the Indian cricket team. At a very young age, his father passed away, and moving on from that phase and struggling to reach victory is everything this book depicts. This book also takes you on a journey to the happy, successful moments of his life and his contribution to different charities for the underprivileged.

12. Harry Kane: The Ultimate Fan Book

Author- Adrian Besley

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The Fan Book celebrates his victories, greatest moments, famous and unbelievable goals, the goals that made him famous, and one of the world’s most loved and appreciated superstars. The biography has been written in a high-spirited style and has lots of photographs and quotes.

These are our 12 most favourite biographies and autobiographies. Let is know yours in the comments below.

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