Democracy's XI
The Great Indian Cricket Story
(Hardcover)

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Nothing unites India like cricket. The Indian team is a glorious mix of people from different religions, classes, castes, regions and languages; where the son of a pump manager from Ranchi is tightly bound in fate and determination to the child prodigy of a Marathi professor from Mumbai and a Muslim from the back alleys of Hyderabad. And while dynasts can rule the roost in politics and Bollywood, cricket is a meritocratic space. But it wasn't always this way. Gandhi, for instance, intensely disapproved of cricket. During the Raj it was associated with racism. It had the nasty odour of communal division, with Hindus and Muslims playing in separate teams. Dalits, meanwhile, were personas non grata on the field. Bestselling author and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai narrates the story of post-Independence cricket through the lives of eleven extraordinary Indian cricketers who represent different dimensions of this change - from Dilip Sardesai and Tiger Pataudi in the 1950s to M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli today. This is not a book about an all-time best Indian cricket eleven but one that seeks to show us glimpses of a changing India through personal and anecdotal biographical portraits. From the days that Indian cricketers travelled by train and earned a few hundred rupees for Test matches to the bright lights of the multimillion-dollar IPL, this book puts the spotlight on the evolution of Indian cricket and society, and shows how a post-colonial nation found self-respect. About the Author One of Indian TV's best-known faces, Rajdeep Sardesai is consulting editor TV Today Group and author of the bestselling 2014: The Election That Changed India.

Nothing unites India like cricket. The Indian team is a glorious mix of people from different religions, classes, castes, regions and languages; where the son of a pump manager from Ranchi is tightly bound in fate and determination to the child prodigy of a Marathi professor from Mumbai and a Muslim from the back alleys of Hyderabad. And while dynasts can rule the roost in politics and Bollywood, cricket is a meritocratic space. But it wasn't always this way. Gandhi, for instance, intensely disapproved of cricket. During the Raj it was associated with racism. It had the nasty odour of communal division, with Hindus and Muslims playing in separate teams. Dalits, meanwhile, were personas non grata on the field. Bestselling author and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai narrates the story of post-Independence cricket through the lives of eleven extraordinary Indian cricketers who represent different dimensions of this change - from Dilip Sardesai and Tiger Pataudi in the 1950s to M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli today. This is not a book about an all-time best Indian cricket eleven but one that seeks to show us glimpses of a changing India through personal and anecdotal biographical portraits. From the days that Indian cricketers travelled by train and earned a few hundred rupees for Test matches to the bright lights of the multimillion-dollar IPL, this book puts the spotlight on the evolution of Indian cricket and society, and shows how a post-colonial nation found self-respect.

AuthorRajdeep Sardesai
BindingHardcover
EAN9789386228482
ISBN9386228483
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages380
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2017-10-15
PublisherJuggernaut
Release Date2017-10-18
StudioJuggernaut
Sales Rank971

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  • The author associated with Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is Rajdeep Sardesai.
  • The EAN for Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is 9789386228482.
  • The ISBN for Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is 9386228483.
  • The language for Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is English.
  • The binding of Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is Hardcover.
  • The number of pages for Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story are 380.
  • Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is 2017-10-15.
  • The publisher for Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is Juggernaut.
  • The release date for Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is 2017-10-18.
  • The producer for Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is Juggernaut.
  • The sales rank for Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story is 971.
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