The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India
Authors : Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Patnaik
9789387894433 | HB | pp. 518 | 2018 | Westland
The history of women’s cricket is the story of extraordinary women playing the ‘gentleman’s game’ for the sheer joy of it, wresting for themselves their rightful place in its firmament.
Ships in 2-4 days
Out of stock
One long six—and the sport was never the same again.
On 20 July 2017, Harmanpreet Kaur’s six against Australia in an exceptional knock in the World Cup semi-final, and the victory that followed, was celebrated across India. And an indifferent nation awoke to the possibilities of women’s cricket.
Women’s cricket in India began in the early 1970s with the fortuitous coming together of (mostly) teenaged girls from around the country, with little but a spirit of adventure to back them. Several firsts followed—the first overseas tour, the first World Cup, the first controversies, the first win—and no one appeared to notice. Those early trendsetters kept at the rough and tumble of competitive sport, pushing back at gender discrimination, facing the challenges posed by a system that oscillated from apathetic to well intentioned.
Today, after the tipping point of 2017, if a little girl dreams of being like Mithali Raj or Jhulan Goswami or Smriti Mandhana, it’s because of those that came before and fought those early battles. Diana Edulji, Shanta Rangaswamy, Shubhangi Kulkarni, and many others.
Who are these women? What brought them to the cricket field? What does the current turnaround mean for the women’s game? The history of women’s cricket is the story of extraordinary women playing the ‘gentleman’s game’ for the sheer joy of it, wresting for themselves their rightful place in its firmament.
Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Patnaik
|Year of Publication:||
|Country of Origin:||
This book will be shipped in 2-4 working days. The time taken for you to receive it will depend upon the mode you choose, while completing your purchase. The rates applicable for each mode are different. You will be informed after the order is shipped. Shipping costs depend on the mode chosen, the weight of the item, and the distance it will travel to reach its destination. Shipping costs will be charged depending on the weight of the entire purchase (if more than one item is purchased). The same shipping mode will apply to all products in such a case.