A new book called The Great Tamasha, by British journalist James Astill, explores how India's economic surge and obsession with cricket made it the dominant power in the international game (''Tamasha'' is Hindi for entertainment).

"Cricket is the international forum that has been most affected by India's economic rise over the past two decades," says Astill, who is the political editor of The Economist and its former Delhi-based correspondent. ''There isn't another realm outside South Asia that has been so transformed by India's rise as cricket has been. Therefore, it's a salutatory lesson in the good and the bad."