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Spinners Rule The Roost - A Legacy Continues In India

The exploits of Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Srinivas Venkataraghavan are well documented in various books but Anindya Dutta's attempt to vividly introduce the relatively unknown heroes of Indian spin in his book 'Wizards -- The Story of Indian Spin Bowling ' -- is laudable. The book will also evoke academic interest for it encapsulates the impact of the Indian caste system on cricket, a sport introduced by the British. A 'lower' caste Palwankar Baloo elevation as captain of the Hindu side in the famous Quadrangular tournament in 1920 was nothing short of dramatic.

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