Pity is, it makes only a passing mention of the event that scarred Indian cricket forever: match-fixing. If two chapters can be spared for Lagaan, there is no reason why a single piece couldn’t have been included on the scandal. It’s not as though the book focuses only on the brighter side of our cricket history: there’s ample play for l’affaire Amarnath (1936). It’s also disappointing that there is just one piece capturing the flavour of the sport in the South; Travancore-Cochin and Hyderabad have rich legacies. Calcutta gets two chapters, both of which are long-winded and could have been abridged.