By Ramachandra Guha
C. ok. Nayudu and Sachin Tendulkar obviously determine during this alluring heritage of cricket in India, yet so too—in arresting and unforeseen ways—do Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Indian careers of these nice English cricketers Lord Harris and D. R. Jardine supply a window into the operations of Empire, whereas the extreme lifetime of India's first nice gradual bowler, Palwankar Baloo, introduces the still-unfinished fight opposed to caste discrimination. Later chapters discover the contest among Hindu and Muslim cricketers in colonial India and the extreme passions now provoked while India performs Pakistan. an incredible, pioneering paintings, this can be additionally a beautifully-written meditation at the ramifications of recreation in society at huge, and on how activity can impact either social and political history.
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His grant generously allowed for a band to be in attendance during the matches, for tents to be pitched for the convenience of the players, and for food to be provided for them and for spectators as well. These prize matches, held annually between 1868 and 1877, enormously consolidated the Parsi interest in cricket. Individual achievement meshed nicely with community solidarity. Thus, when the Zoroastrian Cricket Club won the tournament in 1869, it distributed its prize money of 100 rupees as follows: 25 rupees for a newly constructed Parsi gymnasium, 20 rupees for Parsis recently impoverished by cholera, 5 rupees for the poor box, 20 rupees to buy bats for its ablest players, and 30 rupees reserved for the club’s kitty.
An early complaint against polo was recorded by the Parsi newspaper Jam-e-Jamshed. In July 1879 it carried a communication from an anonymous cricketer, which described how the polo players enclosed their playing area with black flags, prohibiting native cricketers from playing within its boundaries. Notably, the riders did not observe their own rules, straying outside the field in chase of the puck and into the midst of a cricket match. European ladies also drove their carriages on to the cricket field to get a better sight of their men.
16 In the port cities of Bombay and Calcutta, with their well-staffed clubs and easy access to equipment from England, ‘the cricket of the exile assimilate[d] to the cricket played in the land of the free’. Elsewhere, to play the game required skilful improvisation. One memoirist has left a charming account of how cricket came to the ancient Burmese capital of Mandalay. A group of bored officers, posted there in the 1860s, instructed their Tommies to get packing material from the regimental store.
A Corner Of A Foreign Field: The Indian History Of A British Sport by Ramachandra Guha