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Our Many Plays And Misses

The selection and context-setting is impeccable, with a playful eye pic­king out the unusual along with the una­voidable

Our Many Plays And Misses
Our Many Plays And Misses
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To look at a field of activity as vast as ‘Indian sports’ through the lens of one newspaper is akin to looking at the changing landscape in time through a single window. It has the virtue of constancy. Conceived and compiled by Boria Maj­umdar and culled from the columns of The Times of India, this book charts our sporting journey in modern times.

The book’s chief appeal lies in the beg­innings of European sports in India, inc­l­uding early glimmers of a great cricketing nation. ‘The Laws of Cricket, as rev­ised by the Marylebone Club’ follows a match report between the Dum Dum and Barackpore Cricket Clubs (“Barrackpore went in and Fortune at first seemed disposed to frown upon them.”), both from 1840. Cricket gathers pace thereafter: ‘Parsee’ cricket flouris­hes, the Bombay Triangular is set up, and English teams start visiting, culminating in Art­hur Gilligan’s MCC team in 1926 and  Jar­dine’s team of 1933. The grand march of Indian cricket from that first Test in June 1932 is, of course, faithfully chronicled.

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