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One-third of all of India's international runs have been scored by batsmen who came through the ranks of Bombay cricket. Bombay has won the Ranji Trophy forty times, fifteen of them in a row. Bombay batsmen have scored 461 centuries and fifty-eight double hundreds in the tournament. A Million Broken Windows is the story of how the city of Bombay, almost the birthplace of Indian cricket, has consistently dominated the game of an entire country. It illuminates the various facets of a cricketing culture that is infused with the spirit of the city of Bombay. Replete with anecdotes and analyses, the book discusses various leagues, tournaments, players, the fans and the city to paint a complex picture of the game and of Bombay itself. Makarand Waingankar introduces readers not only to the details of the cricketing story but also to the air of the maidans. The book bears testimony to, and pays tribute to, a sporting story that is truly unparalleled.
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About the Author
Makarand Waingankar is one of the most widely read cricket columnists, best known for blending meticulous research with his own experience of a life lived on the cricket fields of India. Journalist, columnist, researcher, talent spotter and administrator, he wears a multitude of hats, each of which fits smugly on his head. He launched the Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) on behalf of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) in 2002 and the TRDW has since been responsible for taking many small-town players to the national stage, including former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In fact, seven such players were part of the 2011 World Cup winning team. Waingankar has also been the CEO of Baroda Cricket Association and consultant to the Karnataka State Cricket Association's academy. His first book Yuvi, published by HarperCollins, was a best-seller.