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date: 19 September 2021

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The first part of this chapter deals with the histories of South Asian/Indian cricket while the second part deals with Olympic sporting histories, a very recent addition to South Asian/Indian sports scholarship. It aims to reiterate that the story of Indian cricket cannot pass as the story of Indian sport. Cricket in contemporary South Asia and more so in India is imbued with a frenzied sense of hyper-nationalistic jingoism and is certainly one of the strongest of contemporary Indian allegiances. If only India or for that matter Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or Nepal had done well in Olympic sports, the popularity and commercial currency of international cricket would surely be under threat. Yet stories of failure on the Olympic stage, often for reasons unconnected to sport, help us understand postcolonial South Asia and more specifically India better.

Keywords: cricket, Olympics, nationalism, jingoism, spectacle

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