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.
Introduction: Growing Up with Cricket
WICKETS IN THE EAST: AN ANECDOTAL HISTORY
Prologue: Honouring Our Heroes
Jore Ball in Bengal
Bombay: India's Yorkshire?
The Lions of Punjab-in Delhi
Nawabs and Commoners in Hyderabad
Tamils and Turbans in Triplicane
Princely India: The Living
Princely India: A Requiem
SPIN AND OTHER TURNS:
INDIAN CRICKET'S COMING OF AGE
Coming of Age
The Holy Trinity
The Slow Men of India
The Two Gavaskars
For Country and for City
The Best-loved Cricketer
Stumpers of Spin
The One Who Wasn't There
Traditions to Live By
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