Once upon a maidan

An English photojournalist returns to Mumbai after a decade to see if the city's cricket grounds and its players have changed at all

Emma Levine

Mar 13, 2011

Reads for the road

A dozen books that will give you an insight into the subcontinent when you visit for the cricket

Suresh Menon

Bombay as she was

From the airy lounges of Brabourne's pavilion to the charmless, modern edifice that is the Wankhede Stadium

Mike Selvey

On the Tendulkar trail

Retrace the footsteps of a legend in the city with India's richest cricketing history

Jamie Alter

No second chances in Mumbai

Cricketers in the city have to negotiate insanely crowded trains and epic traffic on their way to practice or games. No wonder they're not the sort who give up easily

Hemant Kenkre

Seaside sorties

There are nice walks to be taken, food to be eaten, and trains to be caught (if you dare)

Ajit Agarkar

Where Indian cricket was born

The maidans of the commercial capital have been the cradle of the game in the country

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Where to

  1. Theobroma

    Pop into this tiny cafe that dishes out superb desserts and snacks.

  2. The Taj Mahal Palace

    The legendary Taj Mahal Palace and Tower (from Rs 12,000), newly reopened, is a Mumbai institution.

  3. Polly Esther's

    Polly Esther's in the Gordon House Hotel is a nightclub with a great vibe and a decent dance floor.

Must Do

Join in a game of cricket  

Play a game of cricket at the Oval. Or the Cross Maidan. All you need is your own team. Or just charm your way into joining one of the dozens that play on these grounds every Sunday.

Tips for Travellers

In Mumbai you do not have to decide upon the auto-rickshaw/taxi fare before you get in. You do that in other cities like Delhi. Here we have meters attached to every taxi or auto-rickshaw with a fare chart. Asking the driver about how much he'll charge will indicate to him you do not know anything around (which will be a fact!) and he might charge you exhorbitantly for the ride.

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