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Democracy's Xi: The Great Indian Cricket Story

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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.

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Title: Democracy's Xi: The Great Indian Cricket Story
Author: Rajdeep Sardesai
Publisher: Juggernaut Publishing
ISBN: 9789386228482
SKU: BK0384656
EAN: 9789386228482
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Rajdeep Sardesai is a senior journalist, author, columnist and news presenter with more than thirty years' experience in print and television news. Having begun his career with the Times of India in 1988, Rajdeep moved to NDTV in 1994. He was the founder-editor of the IBN18 Network, which started news channels like CNN-IBN. He is currently a consulting editor with the TV Today Network and anchors a flagship prime-time show. Rajdeep has won several awards for journalistic excellence including the Ramnath Goenka award, the International Broadcasters prize, the Asian TV award and the Prem Bhatia Political Journalism award (in 2019, for his general election coverage). He received the Padma Shri in 2008. He is the author of three previous books: 2014: The Election That Changed India; Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story; and Newsman: Tracking India in the Modi Era. He lives in New Delhi. Narendra Modi; 2019; Elections; Hindu; BJP; Bharatiya Janata Party; Congress; Rahul Gandhi; Amit Shah; Rajdeep Sardesai

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