Art and cricket
I like cricket, but perhaps not quite as much as the late Harold Pinter who apparently once said:
"I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth - certainly greater than sex, although sex isn't too bad either."
He don't like cricket, oh no, he loved it. And he's not alone among Thespians. For a game that for some lacks drama, cricket has been bowling theatrical types over for generations. Sarah Bernhardt, the famous French 19th Centry actress, was heard to remark, "I do like cricket, it's so very English."
Not any more mon cheri; it's moved on a bit. Emma Levine, the writer and photo-journalist, took these evocative pictures last year in Mumbai. The cricket-loving photographer started documenting locals playing the game across the subcontinent in the early 1990s and was "relieved" to find "the spirit of cricket remains" in the city that will be partially hosting the cricket World Cup in a few weeks' time.
Palm tree 'stumps' with Rajabai Tower and Bombay Stock Exchange in background
Sunday street cricket at Masjid Bundar
No-frills ice cream vendor at Shevaji Park
'Uncle' Zora repairs bats for local cricketers, Azad Maidan
Waiting to bat for a Sunday game at Shevaji Park
Night 'box' cricket match behind Crawford Market
Dolphin team enjoy puri sabji for lunch at Shevaji Park
Makeshift stumps in a street cricket game at Masjid Bundar
Drinks cart refreshes thirsty cricketers at Azad Maidan
Painting the crease for a practice match at Cross Maidan
You can see them and more at the Nehru Centre, South Audley St, London from 22 February in her show, Mumbai - A Cricketing Temple.