Joy Bhattacharjya used to play for the Kolkata Knight Riders team of IPL (Indian Premier League). He has been a part of IPL since it came into being in 2008. Nearly 20 years of his life were spent in the world of Indian sports and media. He has helped produced live international cricket and has also contributed towards creating programmes like ESPN School Quiz and Super Selector. Apart from this, he also writes quiz columns as well as magazine articles intermittently.The First XI: Junior Premier League - Vol. 1 features a story revolving around the game of cricket when Neel meets a boy named Sachin during his winter holidays in Ranchi. The plot unfolds when the vacations are over and Neel returns back to his hometown in Delhi. Neel doesn't think about Sachin much as he gets engrossed in his life where he wants to get selected on to Junior Premier League team of Delhi. So he starts practising harder to get selected by the team of Delhi for the first Junior Premier League cricket match. But one day, Sachin comes to his aunt's house in Delhi due to his father being transferred out of Ranchi. While staying there, he meets Neel when he lands up in the Junior Premier League team. What follows after that is an amalgamation of fear, hope, disappointment and excitement, which help keep the readers constantly engaged.