By Peter Thal Larsen
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
“The Great Tamasha” is a book about cricket, but it is also a tale about the rapid rise of modern India and the corruption that plagues it. A series of scandals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the glitzy Twenty20 tournament run by the country’s cricket board, got James Astill hooked to the game in India. What followed was the 40-year-old journalist’s first book - an account of India’s rich cricketing tradition, politics, religion and the emergence of the cash-rich IPL.