Curious Worldview Podcast

84: Prashant Kidambi | How Cricket Defined India As A Nation & An Expression Of Raucous Hyper Nationalism

April 20, 2022 Prashant Kidambi Episode 84
Curious Worldview Podcast
84: Prashant Kidambi | How Cricket Defined India As A Nation & An Expression Of Raucous Hyper Nationalism
Show Notes


The following is a conversation with Prashant Kidambi.

Prashant is an Associate Professor in Colonial Urban History, at the University of Leicester. His work is largely on the history of British imperialism and the geographical expression that we today know as India.

It is in this interest that Prashant overlapped another great interest of his, cricket, that he published the book Cricket Country which also doubles as the subject of this podcast here.

Cricket country is the story of the first all Indian cricket team. 

Today cricket is completely synonymous with India, and for good reason. It is truly the only sport in a country of more than a billion people, and the fanaticism with which Indian cricket fans celebrate their sport, rivals anything you get out of Spanish football fans, EPL die-hards or even central coast NRL tragics. 

My hope is to more on this subject, particularly with cricket in the subcontinent, so if anyone has ideas, please do reach out. 

In This Podcast With Prashant Kidambi, You Can Expect To Hear About…

  • India’s Caste System
  • The Role Cricket Plays In Defining The Indian Culture
  • Cricket A Modern Expression Of Indian Hyper Nationalism
  • + More & More & More…

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  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 03:48 – The Role Of Cricket In Defining A Culture.
  • 10:22 – Lowest Rung In India’s Cast System.
  • 15:44 – Technical Interruption.
  • 16:34 – India As A Geographic Expression.
  • 20:33 – Brief History From East India Company To Indian Independence.
  • 26:18 – Does Today’s Indian Cricket Team Still Represent Indian Society?
  • 32:18 – Does India Celebrate The Underdog?
  • 42:03 – How Important Is Sport In Forming A Cultural Identity?
  • 49:18 – Cricket As An Expression Of Raucous Hyper Nationalism.
  • 1:02:13 – Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka?
  • 1:06:48 – Does Cricket Transcend Class In India?
  • 1:11:28 – Different Styles Of Cricket.
  • 1:15:42 – What Else Did England Leave Behind?
  • 1:17:28 – Country You Are Most Bullish On.
  • 1:19:08 – Conversation Between Any Two People.
  • 1:22:24 – Afterthoughts & Ambition For The Podcast.


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