Non-Fiction Reads: Zimmer Men by Marcus Berkmann

Welcome to the real, decaying world of Zimmer Men – A world where the team fielding post a delicious tea break is destined to lose the match. Stiff fielders find running after the ball and consistently ending up second. The best bowler the team ever had, calls on match day to inform that he is obliged to take his wife out shopping. Team members have a thing for convertibles, even as the men battle middle age and heavy defeat margins.

Zimmer Men is the 2005 sequel to the writer’s 1995 book Rain Men. The latter was more concerned with the travails of a English cricket team fan, the former follows Berkmann’s cricket team and the idle, languid playgrounds of English village cricket. 

The trials of a middle-aged English village cricket team is depicted light-heartily, even as the team plunges from one defeat to other on weekend matches, struggles to assemble a playing eleven, and deals with aging legs and vanishing dignity. Berkmann, the captain of the ill-fated team, maintains his sense of humour through the humiliating defeats and paints resilience  – that one may be down but not yet out. Due to the lack of options one may laugh it off too.

A hilarious book on life and cricket, and I don’t see why those who do not play or follow the game wouldn’t enjoy it too!

(Article by Snehith Kumbla) 

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