Rajdeep Sardesai has Written a Brilliant Book Called Democracy’s XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story.
Rajdeep Sardesai is back again as a writer with Democracy’s XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story after his widely popular book on politics named, The Election That Changed India. He is one of the country’s most recognized and respected journalists. In a career that started in 1988, he has been an anchor, editor, and columnist across TV and print. He was city editor of The Times of India in Mumbai at 26, became managing editor of NDTV and later set up the IBN 18 network, including CNN IBN, IBN 7 and IBN Lokmat. A former president of the Editors Guild, Sardesai has won several national and international awards, including the Padma Shri in 2008. He lives in Delhi with wife Sagarika, children Ishan and Tarini and their beagle, Nemo.
About The Book:
Nothing unites India like cricket. The Indian team is a glorious mix of people from different religions, classes, castes, regions, and languages; where the son of a pump manager from Ranchi is tightly bound in fate and determination to the child prodigy of a Marathi professor from Mumbai and a Muslim from the back alleys of Hyderabad. And while dynasts can rule the roost in politics and Bollywood, cricket is a meritocratic space. But it wasn’t always this way. Gandhi, for instance, intensely disapproved of cricket. During the Raj, it was associated with racism. It had the nasty odor of communal division, with Hindus and Muslims playing in separate teams. Dalits, meanwhile, were personas non grata on the field. Bestselling author and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai narrates the story of post-Independence cricket through the lives of eleven extraordinary Indian cricketers who represent different dimensions of this change – from Dilip Sardesai and Tiger Pataudi in the 1950s to M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli today. This is not a book about an all-time best Indian cricket eleven but one that seeks to show us glimpses of a changing India through personal and anecdotal biographical portraits. From the days that Indian cricketers traveled by train and earned a few hundred rupees for Test matches to the bright lights of the multimillion-dollar IPL, this book puts the spotlight on the evolution of Indian cricket and society and shows how a post-colonial nation found self-respect.
The will be out in the market and on all the online platforms on 15th October 2017 and is being published by Juggernaut Books.