The judges said: “A superbly executed social history that defies the usual boundaries of the ‘history of sport’ genre to tell a story of empire and identity at the start of the 20th century.”
This book, by Prashant Kidambi, a professor of colonial urban history, traces the story of the Indian cricket team back to those tentative origins, opening in the 1850s with the Zoroastrian Parsis of Mumbai... This book is an engagingly written and deeply researched social history of the last days of imperial Britain, and the first days of modern India. The 1911 tour is used as a framing device through which the author explores the ties that bound the colony together and the slow beginnings of an Indian nationhood. It is a history book, not a cricket book, and all the better for it.