Devotees of cricket sometimes claim that theirs is the second most popular sport in the world. This claim is based on the massive popularity of cricket in the hugely populous region of South Asia. India alone accounts for considerably more cricket fans than the rest of the world put together, and over the past quarter century, it has come to dominate the sport in multiple ways. It was not always so. The first team representing India was formed in 1911 for a tour of the British Isles. Prashant Kidambi's Cricket Country is a fascinating account of that episode.

Based on exhaustive research in the contemporary press and in British and Indian archives, Kidambi places this odyssey in several contexts: that of the imperial cultural politics that saw in sport (and cricket foremost) a mechanism for the transmission of imperial values and a venue for bringing rulers and the ruled closer...

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