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‘It has become a real business’

Print edition : June 28, 2013

C.K. Nayudu in action in the All India vs Minor Counties match at the Lord's Cricket Ground in 1936. Says Nandy: " I have seen C.K. Nayudu playing when he was in his 50s. Believe me, nobody talked about his age. Everybody considered him a great cricketer. Cricket is a different kind of game. That is its uniqueness." Photo: The Hindu Archives

Ranjit Singh, the Nawab of Jamnagar. Nandy, referring to the importance of personality skills in cricket, points to the two shots Ranjit Singh invented, the leg glance and the late cut, that took advantage of the bowler's strength. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

M.A.K. Pataudi. He was easily India's best captain but he hardly won like Dhoni or Ganguly. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Douglas M. Jardine, "the person who took bodyline to Australia". Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Interview with Ashis Nandy, scholar of psychoanalysis and Indian society and author of 'The Tao of Cricket: On Games of Destiny and the Destiny of Games'.
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