The coming of age of native cricket
Buchi Babu Memorial tournament has, for long, been an important part of India’s cricket calendar, though televised international cricket and the IPL have robbed such domestic events of their past glamour, writes V Ramnarayan in the Hindu.
What could be a more appropriate way of remembering the coming of age of native cricket that ended the Englishman’s domination of the game in pre-Independence Madras? For it was Buchi Babu Nayudu — the grandson of a dubash and an aristocrat of the realm who, slighted by the Madras Cricket Club’s denial of access to the pavilion to Indian players, them to a tree shade during matches at Chepauk — who started the Madras United Club, the first Indian cricket club with its own ground and pavilion.
Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo