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One Cup, Two Games

Cricket in India is the screen on which the abstract entity of the nation is briefly visible. It invokes the feel-good nation we wish for and is useful precisely to console us in our intimate knowledge of the nation that we inhabit in reality. But do we know at all why cricket is seen as mirroring the nation and why it is so prone to jingoistic annexation? The popularity of cricket in the country is indeed very real, but the game itself is split into an electronic version that is watched and an experiential version that is played. Although they both stoke and support each other, their relationship is far from straightforward. Reflections on watching, on the road, India's last two games in the World Cup.



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