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Cricket Country: The Untold History of The First All India Team

Prashant Kidambi (Author)

Cricket is an Indian game accidentally invented by the English,' it has famously been said. But India was represented by a cricket team long before it became a nation  .onceived by an unlikely coalition of imperial and local elites, it took twelve years and four failed attempts before the first Indian cricket team made its debut on the playing fields of imperial Britain. Drawing on an unparalleled range of original archival sources, Cricket Country is the story of this first 'all-India' national cricket tour of Great Britain and Ireland. It is also simultaneously the extraordinary tale of how the idea of India took shape on the cricket pitch long before the country gained its political independence. Replete with a highly improbable cast of characters, the tour took place against the backdrop of anti-colonial protest and revolutionary terrorism in the high noon of Edwardian imperialism, with an Indian team that included the young, newly enthroned ruler of the most powerful Sikh state in India as its captain and, remarkably for the day, two Dalit cricketers as well. Over the course of their historic tour in the blazing Coronation summer of 1911, these Indian cricketers participated in a collective enterprise that epitomizes the way in which sport-and above all cricket-helped fashion the imagined communities of both nation and empire.    

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Title Cricket Country: The Untold History of The First All India Team
Format Hardcover
Date published: 29.07.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780670092475
length 456p.
Subjects Sports > Cricket