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Cricket In India: Origin and Heroes

Raju Mukherji (Author)
Synopsis For more than 100 years it was accepted that cricket began in England. Although no conclusive proof was ever produced regarding the birth of cricket in England, the earliest evidence of the existence of cricket in England was available in the wardrobe accounts of King Charles in 1304. But now cricket anthropologist, Raju Mukherji, the former Bengal cricket captain and freelance journalist, has revealed convincing proof of the existence of cricket in India in the Vedic Age. By citing examples from the The Mahabharata and in association with cricket anthropology, he has discovered the evidence that cricket existed in India at least 2000 years ago. Since no earlier evidence of the presence of cricket is available yet, could it be that the sport of cricket actually originated in the Indian subcontinent? Cricket probably travelled to England through the trade routes of Iran and Iraq. In England the game received ready support from the rural people of the south, particularly Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. The game evolved from its rustic, oriental origins and prospered in England. For centuries the game of cricket did not progress in India. It remained static at the danda-guli stage and was restricted to rural India. However, with Britain planting the seed of the game wherever it went during its colonial rule, fortunately urban India was exposed to the updated version of cricket. Britain established the Calcutta Cricket Club in the 1770s (not in 1792, as is usually thought). In the 1840s the Parsees of Bombay were the first Indians to take to the game.
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About the author

Raju Mukherji

Educated at the Jesuit institutions of St Xavier's School and St Xavier's College, Calcutta, RAJU MUKHERJI completed his post-graduation in international relations from the University of Jadavpur with a short stint at the SIAS, London University. He played first-class cricket for Bengal and East Zone from 1972 to 1981, leading the teams from 1977 to 1980, and led Bengal to nine victories in ten matches. He also played club cricket for Delph & Dobcross in the leagues in Yorkshire in 1977 and 1978, and represented Derrick Robin's International XI as well as Nottinghamshire 2nd XI in 1977. Raju was a coach in St Xavier's School (1987 to 1989) and Bengal youth teams (1992 to 2001). At present he holds the position of Trustee and Technical Director of The Sunil Gavaskar Foundation for Cricket. He has been a freelance journalist specializing in cricket from 1982 onwards.

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Title Cricket In India: Origin and Heroes
Author Raju Mukherji
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8174765085
length 231p.
Subjects History