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By Ramachandra Guha

C. ok. Nayudu and Sachin Tendulkar evidently determine during this pleasing heritage of cricket in India, yet so too—in arresting and unforeseen ways—do Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Indian careers of these nice English cricketers Lord Harris and D. R. Jardine offer a window into the operations of Empire, whereas the extreme lifetime of India's first nice sluggish bowler, Palwankar Baloo, introduces the still-unfinished fight opposed to caste discrimination. Later chapters discover the contest among Hindu and Muslim cricketers in colonial India and the intense passions now provoked whilst India performs Pakistan. a major, pioneering paintings, this is often additionally a beautifully-written meditation at the ramifications of recreation in society at huge, and on how game can effect either social and political history.

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The emerging Parsi bourgeoisie welcomed the growth of cricket for strengthening their ties with the overlord and for renewing the vitality of a race that had lived too long in the tropical sun. 35 Another, Sorabji Shapoorji Bengalee, C. I. , endowed a prize for the best Parsi club. His grant generously allowed for a band to be in attendance during the matches, for tents to be pitched for the convenience of the players, and for food to be provided for them and for spectators as well. These prize matches, held annually between 1868 and 1877, enormously consolidated the Parsi interest in cricket.

These prize matches, held annually between 1868 and 1877, enormously consolidated the Parsi interest in cricket. Individual achievement meshed nicely with community solidarity. Thus, when the Zoroastrian Cricket Club won the tournament in 1869, it distributed its prize money of 100 rupees as follows: 25 rupees for a newly constructed Parsi gymnasium, 20 rupees for Parsis recently impoverished by cholera, 5 rupees for the poor box, 20 rupees to buy bats for its ablest players, and 30 rupees reserved for the club’s kitty.

Near the Parsee tent, the Parsees were packed as closely as herrings in a barrel, the front rank being composed of an interesting collection of small boys dressed in their best-coloured silk trousers, and the second and other ranks of a crowd in which the white head-dress of the Parsee priests was as conspicuous as a white man among a lot of black men. The Gymkhana tent was crowded and a number of gentlemen were very well content to lie upon the grass, at the risk of being covered with ants, though from the remark one victim made, who found himself alive with these little pests, we fancy they had no reason to enjoy the cricket match.

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