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on 10 January 2005
Having read Mihir Bose's "A History of Indian Cricket" and Ramachandra Guha's A Corner of a Foreign Field, I picked up this book to complete the trinity.
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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