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Erratic set-top box, weak WiFi: How cricket in the time of radio defied all

I must have been six, when my mother handed me a small Panasonic transistor to listen to live cricket commentary. It was candy to my ears.  She gave me a glass of milk and disappeared into the kitchen. India was playing the West Indies at the Wankhede. A little while later I heard her voice ask: ‘So who is bowling now?’ I replied without hesitation: ‘Milkom Marshall.’

I tell this story to illustrate how the Indian love for cricket is passed to us in our mother’s milk. Our best stress-busting mechanisms are

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