August 1, 2012

Indian cricket

A cricket rivalry to savour

Akhila Ranganna

The British engineers from Great Indian Penninsular Company of Railway built the Tilak Bridge in 1923 to connect east and west Dadar in Mumbai. But, as Makarand Waingankar writes, little did those engineers realise that this connection would give birth to the healthy rivalry between two elite clubs of Mumbai cricket: Dadar Union and Shivaji Park. Waingankar explores the rivalry in the Times of India.

That most of the Bombay Test stars from 50s to 70s came from these two clubs is a tribute to the spirit of the game. Dadar Union and Shivaji Park Gymkhana represent an era that seems long lost. It was a time when people played for the sake of the game. With authentic sportsmanship, they played cricket like a sport, not business. Perhaps the adage ‘Competition results in excellence’ was written while watching a match between these two clubs.

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