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A journey into the making of a religion (Review)
IANS - 10/29/2006             

Book: "The Illustrated History of Indian Cricket"; author: Boria Majumdar; publisher: Roli Books; price: Rs.1,295

Boria Majumdar's masterpiece "The Illustrated History of Indian Cricket" unfolds the game of Indian cricket frame by frame and captures the passion, drama, scandal and agony spread over a century like never before.

All the brightest stars of Indian cricket - from Ranjitsinhji and C.K.Nayudu to Vijay Merchant and Sunil Gavaskar, and from Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar to Rahul Dravid and M.S. Dhoni - find a place in the book.

The book tells the story of the highs and lows of Indian cricket, with all its oddities and eccentricities, through rare pictures, according to a statement by the publisher.

This chest of information which covers every major milestone - from reducing England to 19/3 in India's very first Test at Lord's in 1932 to the famous victories against the West Indies and England in 1971 - is a must for all sports buffs, connoisseurs and academicians.

This is not the first attempt by Boria, who has a doctorate in the social history of Indian cricket from Oxford University, to present cricket in a fascinating way. In 2004 Boria wrote "A Social History of Indian Cricket"; "Indian Cricket Through the Ages" hit the stands last year.

Boria, a Rhodes scholar, is a research fellow at Latrobe University in Melbourne and a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago. He is also the academic editor of the "Routledge Journals of Sports in Society" and "Soccer and Society" and the general editor of the series "Sport in Global Society".

"The Illustrated History of Indian Cricket" is a product of 10 years of research, based on original memorabilia of some of the greatest cricketers - Mushtaq Ali, Vijay Hazare and C.K. Nayudu.

The controversial England tour in 1936 when Lala Amarnath was sent back home by captain Vizzy (Maharaja of Vizianagram) on grounds of indiscipline to the match-fixing scandal of 2000 - Boria has touched it all.

Boria has also delved into the marriage of cricket and glamour and how players become brand ambassadors overnight.

 

Indo-Asian News Service

 

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