India has become in the past 10 years the world’s top cricket power, upending the long-standing Anglo-Australian dominance of the sport. Regional expert and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Alyssa Ayres sees a blueprint in India’s aggressive rise within the sport — once rife with entrenched colonial hierarchies — for its possible path to greater political and geostrategic significance.
India’s emergence as the world’s cricket superpower over the past decade upends an old colonial-era hierarchy. It’s a highly visible showcase of the political effects of economic power, where sheer market size creates new forms of leverage. And India’s new preeminence in …
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Alyssa Ayres is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of Speaking Like a State. From 2010 to 2013, she served as deputy assistant U.S. secretary of state for South Asia.