22 January, 2021

The Lost Empires

Whatever happened to the breeding grounds of Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi?

The Lost Empires
A unique positioning of the planets may well be the reason why India's sun is shining at its benign best in Karnataka. From a dark-horse Prime Minister down to the multi-national Congentrix power project and the first-ever Miss World contest in our country, the cynosure in recent months has been Karnataka. It was perhaps astrologically apt therefore that when cricket mad India clashed with Australia at Bangalore recently in the Titan Cup, it fielded a final XI which had a record number of six players from just one state—Karnataka. That the Bangalore Brigade of Srinath and Kumble won that thriller for us was the icing on Karnataka's cake of star-ordained ascendancy.

A tell-tale statistic of that triumph was that the team had only two players from the West zone and but one from the North zone. And in that West component, just one was from Mumbai, the city long acknowledged as the home of Indian cricket. The descendants of Bedi and Kapil Dev, of Wadekar and Gavaskar would seem to have descended to mere twilight on the Indian cricket scene of the last quarter of a...



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