A History of Indian Cricket

ISBN: 0-233-05040-X
Andre Deutsch Ltd (2002)
First published in 1990

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Winner of the 1990 Cricket Society Literary Award

On 24 August 1971 — ‘The Day the Elephant came to the Oval’ — India, under the captaincy of A.L. Wadekar, won their first Test match against England in England. From this dramatic starting point, Mihir Bose focuses on the rollercoaster nature of India’s cricket history, from its early days in the time of the British Raj to the present-day period that has been characterised by both the sublime (the batting mastery of Sachin Tendulkar) and the ridiculous (the match-fixing scandals associated with the nefarious activities of certain Indian bookmakers). Mihir Bose’s lively, informed and always entertaining text is supported by a full statistical appendix, including the scorecards of all India’s most famous Test matches and a table of averages of all India’s Test players.


Matthew Engel, The Guardian:

‘Indian cricket often proves as unpredictable as the society from which it emerged. This book provides the fullest account yet of its colourful history.’

New Statesman & Society:

‘Mihir Bose has produced an excellent study of both the sport and the culture.’

India – Home and Abroad:

‘If you are a cricket fan, then you must read this book.’

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