This conversation, between a parent who wanted to watch a football game his son was playing in and a passerby, illustrates the sorry state the Central College ground is in these days. It is difficult to imagine that the same place was once upon a time the focal point of Bangalore cricket. More than 50 first-class matches were played here over three decades till 1972 and the ground brewed cricketers like fine beer. This is where Karnataka’s spin wizard BK Garudachar once rolled up his sleeves to bowl a googly and where Sir Gary Sobers once pulled one over deep-midwicket. One could say that had the ground not existed, cricket in the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore and later, in the state of Karnataka, would probably never have flourished the way it did.
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