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Cricket Country Reviews

Cricket Country by Prashant Kidambi

Cricket Country

An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire

Prashant Kidambi

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1 review

Category: Non-fiction, History
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 8 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9780198843139

The extraordinary story of the first 'All India' national cricket tour of Great Britain and Ireland - and how the idea of India as a nation took shape on the cricket pitch.

1 Prize for Cricket Country

The Wolfson History Prize
2020 Shortlist

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.”


5 stars out of 5
Theo Barclay
3 Aug 2019

"engagingly written and deeply researched"

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.