Cricket is a very big sport in India; some even say that it bridged the gap between the rich and the poor in some cases. The relationship between cricket and politics were viewed as positive (3, 4, 5, 6, 2) and prideful (10, 9, 1, 6).
In document 2 it talks about a young Indian cricketer, Prince Ranjitsinhji. In this report of his proposed visit they author used words like ‘brilliant’ to describe him. This is a positive thing because he represents India and by them calling him brilliant, it reflects positively on their country. Document 3 also shows that cricket had a positive relationship with politics because Cecil Headlam says “Cricket unites the rulers and the ruled”. This means instead of the two not liking each other due to their social class, cricket wipes all that away and unites the rulers and the ruled. Document 4 it says “let India cease to be the laughing stock of the whole world.” This is basically saying that politics don’t matter in cricket, everyone is on the same playing field when it comes to cricket. Document 5, written by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, says “The cricket field has many lessons to teach in other walks of life. The brotherly feeling that prevailed throughout the play was no less remarkable and I hope that our Hindu brethren as sportsmen would be no les pleased but also rejoice at the Muslims winning the championships.” This is very good about cricket. This may be biased because he is the leader of the All-India Muslim League and he might just be talking good about it because it is his organization. Document 6 says “this is the only arena where we are allowed to compete on even terms with the English.” This is very positive because cricket gave India an even playing field. A document I would have liked to have had is a document from India’s government so we can get a first-hand experience on the relationship between cricket and politics.
Document 1 is a petition to Sir James Fergusson to try to play cricket.