When Bhuvan compared cricket to gilli danda in Lagaan, many laughed. But cricket was indeed referred to as gilli danda in India in the late nineteenth century. When, in 1893, the villagers of Champaner played cricket in their dhotis they presented a very incongruous picture to the contemporary viewer. Even as late as 1931, Indias donned dhotis to assert their national identity when playing against the English. Replete with accounts of such fascinating stories, anecdotes, and information from primary sources, this book is a must read for cricket enthusiasts.