By Siddhartha Vaidyanathan There is a certain type of cricket fan, perhaps you are one such, who spends a lot of time in front of mirrors. Life-size mirrors to be precise – that hang in your bedroom or in trial rooms of clothes shops or in washrooms in upscale restaurants.

War Minus the Shooting: the revival of a cricket classicWar Minus the Shooting: the revival of a cricket classic


We are delighted to announce the republication of War Minus the Shooting: A Journey Through South Asia During the 1996 Cricket World Cup by Mike Marqusee. First published in 1996, the book is a vivid portrait of a subcontinent in ferment during an extravagant tournament that foreshadowed the great shifts

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The theatre of spinThe theatre of spin


By Siddhartha Vaidyanathan I grew up at a time when India won (nearly) every Test at home and lost (nearly) every Test abroad. The phrases that punctuated newspaper reports back then: ‘designer pitches’, ‘underprepared pitches’ and ‘doctored pitches’. The players were ‘tigers at home, lambs abroad’, prospering on tracks they