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Published: 25 July 2019

448 Pages | Black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198843139

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Shortlisted for the 2020 Wolfson History Prize

Cricket Country

An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire

Prashant Kidambi

  • Drawing on an unparalleled range of original archival sources, Cricket Country is the story of this first 'All India' national cricket tour of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • The extraordinary tale of how the idea of India took shape on the cricket pitch long before the country gained its political independence.
  • A tale with an improbable cast of characters, set against the backdrop of revolutionary protest in the high noon of Edwardian imperialism, with an Indian team that included the young, newly enthroned, ruler of the most powerful Sikh state in India as its captain and, remarkably for the day, two Dalit cricketers as well.
  • Over the course of a historic tour in the blazing Coronation summer of 1911, these Indian cricketers participated in a collective enterprise that epitomizes the role played by sport in fashioning the imagined communities of both nation and empire.

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