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INDIAN CRICKET: Through The Ages (A Reader)
INDIAN CRICKET: Through The Ages (A Reader)
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About the Book:

When Bhuvan compared cricket to gilli danda in Lagaan many laughed. But was indeed referred to as gilli danda in Indian in the late nineteenth century. When, in 1893, the villager of champaner played cricket in their dhotis they presented a very incongruous picture to the contemporary viewer. Even as late as 1931. Indians donned dhotis to assert their national identity when playing against the English. Replete with accounts of such fascinating stories, anecdotes, and information from primary sources. This book is a must read for cricket enthusiasts.

Indian cricket is however, more than the sum of its lore. In contemporary India, it encompasses many dimensions of experience involving politics, gender, religion and class. This Reader sets out to explore the unique bond between cricket and the Indian nation, now more than a century-and -a -half old.

Many interesting facets and anecdotes find place in this volume: original accounts of the evolution of the game in Bengal, Bombay, Karachi and Rajputana as well as in other parts of he subcontinent; the nature of patronage the game has enjoyed over the years; Lala Amarnath's controversial ouster from the team in 1936; the story of cricket commercialization; vernacular writings on the game and much more. It demonstrates that any attempt to understand the nature of social relations and cultural identities in modern Indian must necessarily consider the role and significance of cricket.

This volume is a testimony to the power of cricket-more than any other sport in the country to intoxicate and infuriate to cheer and frustrate, to break hearts and mend fences and to fuel conflict and promote peace.

Invaluable for anyone interested in Indian cricket as well as for academics, cricket enthusiasts, cricket Association, and scholars of social and cultural history.

About the Author

He is a Rhodes scholar has researched and written extensively on cricket in the subcontinent. He is currently distinguished fellow, La Trobe University, Australia, fellow of the international Olympic Museum, Lausanne and teaches at the Universities of Chicago and Calcutta.

 

CONTENTS
  Acknowledgements xi
1 Introduction 1
 
EARLY DAYS
 
2 Earliest Record of the Game 33
3 Hicky's Gazette 34
4 Three Years in Calcutta 35
5 Sporting Intelligence 39
6 Cricket: The Past Season 55
7 Bengal Past and Present 59
8 Stray Thought on Indian Cricket 60
9 The Calcutta Cricket Club: Its Origin and Development 97
10 Ballygunge Cricket Club Founded 116
 
APPROPRIATION AND INDIGENIZATION
 
11 March of Indian Cricket 143
12 Portrait of Indian Sport 150
13 The End of an Epic 173
14 The Disputed Succession 194
 
CRICKET AND COMMUNALISM
 
15 Communal Cricket 219
16 Curse of Communal Cricket 226
 
CENTRES
 
  BOMBAY  
17 Retrospect of College Cricket 237
18 School Cricket 248
19 Parsi Cricket 262
  BENGAL  
20 Cricket in Calcutta: Its Growth and Development 275
21 Bengali Cricket in Calcutta 282
22 Xaverian 284
  RAJPUTANA  
23 Cricket in Rajputana 289
  KARACHI  
24 Cricket in Karachi 292
  UNITED PROVINCES  
25 Cricket in the United Provinces 296
26 Cricket in Aligarh 308
27 Native Cricket and the anglo-Mohammedan College at Aligarh 313
  PUNJAB  
28 Cricket in the Punjab 321
  SOUTH INDIA  
29 Cricket in Madras Presidency 333
 
CRICKET: COMMERCIALIZATION
AND POPULAR CULTURE
 
30 Amarnath Sent Back to India 349
31 Bowled Over: One Man's Drive Helps Make Cricket a Big-money Sport 369
32 Cricket or Cricket Spectacle? Looking Beyond Cricket to Understand Lagaan 375
33 Aamir's Fables: Lagaan as Phenomenon 392
 
REMINISCENCES
 
34 Merchant and Mustaq make History 399
35 The Statesman-100 years Ago 407
 
CRICKET IN THE VERNACULAR
 
36 Cricket; Bat Ball Game 413
37 The Game of Cricket Abroad 416
38 Ranjitsinhji 419
39 The Nature of Cricket Patronage 422
40 The Game of Cricket 424

Item Code:
IDF883
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2005
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
ISBN:
0195667867
Language:
English
Size:
8.9" X 5.9"
Pages:
425 (B & W Illus: 11)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 650 gms
Price:
$39.50   Shipping Free
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About the Book:

When Bhuvan compared cricket to gilli danda in Lagaan many laughed. But was indeed referred to as gilli danda in Indian in the late nineteenth century. When, in 1893, the villager of champaner played cricket in their dhotis they presented a very incongruous picture to the contemporary viewer. Even as late as 1931. Indians donned dhotis to assert their national identity when playing against the English. Replete with accounts of such fascinating stories, anecdotes, and information from primary sources. This book is a must read for cricket enthusiasts.

Indian cricket is however, more than the sum of its lore. In contemporary India, it encompasses many dimensions of experience involving politics, gender, religion and class. This Reader sets out to explore the unique bond between cricket and the Indian nation, now more than a century-and -a -half old.

Many interesting facets and anecdotes find place in this volume: original accounts of the evolution of the game in Bengal, Bombay, Karachi and Rajputana as well as in other parts of he subcontinent; the nature of patronage the game has enjoyed over the years; Lala Amarnath's controversial ouster from the team in 1936; the story of cricket commercialization; vernacular writings on the game and much more. It demonstrates that any attempt to understand the nature of social relations and cultural identities in modern Indian must necessarily consider the role and significance of cricket.

This volume is a testimony to the power of cricket-more than any other sport in the country to intoxicate and infuriate to cheer and frustrate, to break hearts and mend fences and to fuel conflict and promote peace.

Invaluable for anyone interested in Indian cricket as well as for academics, cricket enthusiasts, cricket Association, and scholars of social and cultural history.

About the Author

He is a Rhodes scholar has researched and written extensively on cricket in the subcontinent. He is currently distinguished fellow, La Trobe University, Australia, fellow of the international Olympic Museum, Lausanne and teaches at the Universities of Chicago and Calcutta.

 

CONTENTS
  Acknowledgements xi
1 Introduction 1
 
EARLY DAYS
 
2 Earliest Record of the Game 33
3 Hicky's Gazette 34
4 Three Years in Calcutta 35
5 Sporting Intelligence 39
6 Cricket: The Past Season 55
7 Bengal Past and Present 59
8 Stray Thought on Indian Cricket 60
9 The Calcutta Cricket Club: Its Origin and Development 97
10 Ballygunge Cricket Club Founded 116
 
APPROPRIATION AND INDIGENIZATION
 
11 March of Indian Cricket 143
12 Portrait of Indian Sport 150
13 The End of an Epic 173
14 The Disputed Succession 194
 
CRICKET AND COMMUNALISM
 
15 Communal Cricket 219
16 Curse of Communal Cricket 226
 
CENTRES
 
  BOMBAY  
17 Retrospect of College Cricket 237
18 School Cricket 248
19 Parsi Cricket 262
  BENGAL  
20 Cricket in Calcutta: Its Growth and Development 275
21 Bengali Cricket in Calcutta 282
22 Xaverian 284
  RAJPUTANA  
23 Cricket in Rajputana 289
  KARACHI  
24 Cricket in Karachi 292
  UNITED PROVINCES  
25 Cricket in the United Provinces 296
26 Cricket in Aligarh 308
27 Native Cricket and the anglo-Mohammedan College at Aligarh 313
  PUNJAB  
28 Cricket in the Punjab 321
  SOUTH INDIA  
29 Cricket in Madras Presidency 333
 
CRICKET: COMMERCIALIZATION
AND POPULAR CULTURE
 
30 Amarnath Sent Back to India 349
31 Bowled Over: One Man's Drive Helps Make Cricket a Big-money Sport 369
32 Cricket or Cricket Spectacle? Looking Beyond Cricket to Understand Lagaan 375
33 Aamir's Fables: Lagaan as Phenomenon 392
 
REMINISCENCES
 
34 Merchant and Mustaq make History 399
35 The Statesman-100 years Ago 407
 
CRICKET IN THE VERNACULAR
 
36 Cricket; Bat Ball Game 413
37 The Game of Cricket Abroad 416
38 Ranjitsinhji 419
39 The Nature of Cricket Patronage 422
40 The Game of Cricket 424

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