Books on cricket generally fall into one of two categories: those that focus on the field of play and those that set the sport in its wider social and political context. S. Giridhar and V.J. Raghunath’s book, From Mumbai to Durban: India’s Greatest Tests, belongs to the first category. The book is a highlights package of the greatest victories and near-wins in India’s career as a test match-playing nation. This is history as chronicle, a celebration of the heroic exploits of India’s cricketers from 1947 to 2010.
The authors frame their selection of great test matches within a four-fold periodization of Indian cricket history since Independence. The first period roughly covers the first quarter of a century after 1947. In these years, test victories were rarities, their occurrence an occasion for national rejoicing.
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