A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport

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Picador, 2003 - History - 496 pages
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C. K. Nayudu and Sachin Tendulkar naturally figure in this captivating history of cricket in India, but so too—in arresting and unexpected ways—do Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Indian careers of those great English cricketers Lord Harris and D. R. Jardine provide a window into the operations of Empire, while the extraordinary life of India's first great slow bowler, Palwankar Baloo, introduces the still-unfinished struggle against caste discrimination. Later chapters explore the competition between Hindu and Muslim cricketers in colonial India and the extraordinary passions now provoked when India plays Pakistan. An important, pioneering work, this is also a beautifully-written meditation on the ramifications of sport in society at large, and on how sport can influence both social and political history.

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This is a brilliant history of cricket in India (and Pakistan), a superb book about why we play and watch sport, and an excellent introduction to the history of India itself. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Ramachandra Guha is the author of several books, including How Much Should a Person Consume, India After Gandhi, and Savaging the Civilized.

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