Mandhani's lens has captured it all for you

Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:For veteran cricket photographer Pradeep Mandhani, the one picture which captures the essence of the historic Indo-Pak series is the one that shows triumphant Sourav Ganguly's men walk out of the field hugging each other after the Test series in March-April.

"They look like they have conquered the earth, the smile on their faces tell the story of the series," Mandhani said at the release of his pictorial book Jeet Lo Dil on the epoch-making series.

Whether it is the snap that shows Sachin's one feet on India and the other in Pakistan at the Wagah border, or Ganguly landing his feet in Pakistan soil for the historic series, Mandhani's lens has made sure to capture the memorable moments.

The colourful book consisting of 1,500 snaps and spread over 450 pages, is a delight for any cricket fan.

"The importance of the series was much more than winning or losing, it created an atmosphere of jubilation in both the countries and brought the two rival countries closer," said Mandhani who has already two books on World Cup 1999 and 2003 to his credit.

Mandhani said he was able to capture many important events during the nearly 40-day tour since he was the official photographer and had access to every place.

"I remember hurrying to reach the place where Sachin met Waqar. I clicked and thought that both started together and today one is at his peak while the other is ending his career. This shows that a batsman has more life than a bowler," he said.

Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev, who launched the book, was all praise for Mandhani. "They are the people who keep the memory alive for us. When we look back on our playing days, their work re-creates the moment for us," he said.

Tendulkar is one cricketer Mandhani really enjoys shooting. "I have known him right from the start of his career and his boyish grin is a charm to catch in the camera," he said adding that the Australians are very natural in front of the lens.

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