A Maidan View: The Magic of Indian Cricket
Author: Mihir Bose
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Price: Rs 295
It has been said that whether one loves India or hates it, it is a country with an infinite capacity for surprise. The same can be said of the sport that permeates the very fabric of the country, dominating the public mind and causing euphoria and heartbreak in equal measure.
In A Maidan View: The Magic of Indian Cricket, Mihir Bose examines cricket's influence on India, from the unorganised beginnings to the widespread growth that has led to India becoming the commercial backbone of the sport worldwide. He explores the social factors that led to the game's development, from the early adoption by the princes and the Parsee community to the growth of the office teams that featured Test stars. According to Bose, the critical decision by Nehru to be a part of the Commonwealth after Independence ensured that cricket remained in India. The game was further fostered in the country by the nouveau riche taking to the sport as a symbol of their wealth, gully cricket with an assortment of ‘rules' and ‘fielders', and, more recently, the television-rights revolution of the 1990s.
Bose's socio-historical look at cricket in India has personal reflections and memories of great cricket matches, and carries some wonderful anecdotes and forgotten stories amidst thought-provoking commentary.
Here are some old images from the book:
|Pune crowd pelts players with bottles as India loses a one-match to England in December, 1984. Photo by Patrick Eager|
|Chandrasekhar overcame a polio-withered arm to help defeat England in 1971 at the Oval. Photo by Patrick Eagar|
|Abbas Ali Baig scored a century during his Test debut at Old Trafford but failures against Pakistan led to a premature end to his career. Photo by Patrick Eagar|