The Mahatma and cricket

Mahatma Gandhi and cricket sounds a bit odd to start with. The Mahatma, never really of any keen athletic disposition, trying his hand at what was a colonial import to keep the empire together wasn’t the most logical thing to do. Yet he did have his run-ins with the gentleman’s game from time to time, eventually playing a serious hand in the discontinuance of the Bombay Pentangular tournament, colonial India’s version of the commercially lucrative IPL.More than a player, young Gandhiji was a much respected umpire, as aspect of his childhood highlighted by Pyarelal in his biography of the Mahat…

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