The Literature of Cricket: a (rambling) personal memoir; Part One

Silly points

The Early years:

My fascination with cricket started early only to be embellished and further accentuated by being introduced to cricket literature. Watching cricket is fun , playing it as a kid(and even now) is enormous fun but reading about it, especially writings of fine prose, tops it all. I was first introduced to it by my maternal uncle Anand Mama, when i was about seven years old, who suggested that i read the sports pages of The Hindu, which contained descriptions of daily play by R.Mohan, who wrote crisp short pieces, and also Ted Corbett who combined evocation with mild technical detail. I was immediately hooked. Recently, when I couldn’t watch the Ashes of 2006-07 in Australia, I consoled myself by reading Corbett’s gentle descriptions cloaked amidst his increasing despair of reconciling himself to the fact that England where going to be whitewashed for the first time since Warwick…

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