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On the playing fields of India

As England's cricketers are thrashed in Australia perhaps some reverse colonisation by Indian cricket is in order. The origins of cricket in the subcontinent

By Edward Luce   82

Book: A corner of a foreign field Author: Ramachandra Guha Price: (Picador, ?20)

Ramachandra Guha, a widely respected Indian historian based in Bangalore, was in the midst of researching a magnum opus on the history of post-colonial India when the idea came to him of writing a history of modern India through the prism of cricket. Picador are still awaiting fulfilment of the original contract but, in the meantime, were happy to indulge Guha’s little detour.

Much of the book is devoted to the previously untold story of why Indians started taking to cricket in the mid-Victorian period. The Raj’s…

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