How does a batsman concentrate? How is a player "in form" or "out of form"? How different are preparations for Tests, ODIs and T20s from each other? Why do some teams "crumble under pressure", while others "choke"? What is pressure?

This insightful book on the craft of cricket by former international cricketer and ESPNcricinfo columnist Aakash Chopra takes you inside the making and unmaking of cricketers: how they think, how they are likely to react to various match situations, and above all, why they react the way they do. From reading the bowler to gauging the batsman, from playing the bouncer to fielding at short leg, from the technical aspects of the game to the psychological, from the tangible to the abstract. The Insider shuts out the noise and hysteria to allow fans a peek into the cricketing brain. This compelling volume is a milestone in writing on cricket.