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The States of Indian Cricket

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Back of the Book   Ramachandra Guha once said he writes on history for a living and on cricket to live. The States of Indian Cricket marries the craft of history to the life of cricket in India and is described by its author as 'the product of a lifelong addiction to the most sophisticated sport known to mankind.'   In this book, Guha draws upon the memories of several generations of cricket lovers to give us wonderful sketches o...

Back of the Book

 

Ramachandra Guha once said he writes on history for a living and on cricket to live. The States of Indian Cricket marries the craft of history to the life of cricket in India and is described by its author as 'the product of a lifelong addiction to the most sophisticated sport known to mankind.'

 

In this book, Guha draws upon the memories of several generations of cricket lovers to give us wonderful sketches of India's cricketers, the forgotten as well as the famous: from C.K. Nayudu and Vinoo Mankad to Saurav Ganguly and Anil Kumble. Using the device of imaginary all-time India Elevens, he provides rich insights into the cities and states in which Indian cricket was forged.

 

We thus have here, for the first time within the covers of a single volume, an informal, anecdotal, and immensely readable history of Indian cricket, a book which complements Guha's celebrated work on the sport's social history, A Corner of a Foreign Field (2002).

 

The publication of this book will be welcomed by lovers of cricket, connoisseurs of fine writing, and fans of Ramachandra Guha.

 

Contents

 

 

Introduction: Growing Up with Cricket

1

 

WICKETS IN THE EAST: AN ANECDOTAL HISTORY

 
 

Acknowledgements

15

 

Prologue: Honouring Our Heroes

16

1

Jore Ball in Bengal

24

2

Bombay: India's Yorkshire?

41

3

The Lions of Punjab-in Delhi

59

4

Nawabs and Commoners in Hyderabad

76

5

Majestic Mysore

89

6

Tamils and Turbans in Triplicane

114

7

Princely India: The Living

133

8

Princely India: A Requiem

148

9

Remainders

163

 

SPIN AND OTHER TURNS:

 
 

INDIAN CRICKET'S COMING OF AGE

 
 

Preface

175

1

Coming of Age

176

2

The Holy Trinity

184

3

The Slow Men of India

199

4

The Two Gavaskars

213

5

For Country and for City

225

6

The Best-loved Cricketer

243

7

Stumpers of Spin

257

8

The One Who Wasn't There

273

9

Traditions to Live By

289

 

Index

299

 

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Item Code: NAJ003 Author: Ramachandra Guha Cover: Paperback Edition: 2005 Publisher: Permanent Black ISBN: 9788178242415 Language: English Size: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 316 (10 B/W Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 300 gms
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