Twenty-two Yards to Freedom: A Social History of Indian Cricket Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 May 2004
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Cricket is much more than a game for Indians. This book examines the role of cricket in India national life and the relationship between those who have patronized, promoted, played and viewed the game. It analyses the impact of colonization on the evolution of cricket in India while it raises several questions on the social history of the nation and the relationship between sport, identity and communalism
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Majumdar's work is highly academic in nature. I doubt if this would appeal to the average, or even passionate, cricket follower. Far too much is directly quoted - leaving little scope for the author to establish a style of his own. The footnotes distract from the narrative as well; endnotes would have been a better idea.
While much from Bose and Guha is repeated here, there are a few interesting facts presented on the history of cricket in Bengal. Madras and Kerala are convenienty ignored with a statement that the author did not have access to the vernacular archives. The biggest disappointment, however, is the repetition of much of the material from Majumdar's "Once Upon a Furore", published shortly before Twenty Two Yards. What is new is the chapter on the TV Rights Wars. Sadly, this is drowned in too much legalese.
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