May 19, 2012

Indian cricket

Cricket, cement and golf

George Binoy

"Quiz Srinivasan Narayanaswami about cricket and the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)—cricket world’s wealthiest administrative body—will dish out rote responses with his much-publicized, trademark straight face. But talk golf, and the 67-year-old beams, gushes and even jokes, no longer sounding like a scratched vinyl record," writes Anupama Chandrasekaran in the Mint.

Srinivasan was the eldest of two boys and two girls born to T.S. Narayanaswami—a mathematics major who jointly set up India Cements with S.N.N. Sankaralinga Iyer. The latter’s family, which divested its entire stake in India Cements by 2007, runs the Chennai-based Sanmar Group, with interests in shipping, metals and speciality chemicals. As an engineering student in the 1960s at Madras University, Srinivasan played cricket, hockey and tennis. But he figured he should stick to his books.

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