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Missing Through The Line

Bose’s wide canvas of limited depth is at its best when he roams Indian cricket’s delicious suburbs, not in its audacious socio-historical claims

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Alexander Pope, the 17thcentury English poet, has written about the tedium of the twice-told tale. Mihir Bose’s second book on the history of Indian cricket is a journalist’s rather than a historian’s take on the eight decades from C K Nayudu to Virat Kohli. It has allowed him a greater latitude in dealing with the rumours and innuendos that have accompanied the game – and recording these without the pressure of having to ensure historical accuracy.

Did Tiger Pataudi’s mother really write to Prime Minister Nehru asking that her son ought to be made captain ahead of Chandu Borde because he “belonged to a minority community”? Did Vijay Merchant really call the Kathiawar captain and ask him to concede the match, thus denying the Maharashtra batsman B B Nimbalkar, then  batting on 443 a chance to overtake Don Bradman’s world record of 452? Bose tells us these stories in a spirt of take-it-or-leave-it. To authenticate is the reader’s responsibility.

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