ZackNote: I was using “scheduled posting” to do a one-a-day post but I think I’m going to revert back to multiple posting as I see fit. In BrownPundits the posting flow has been pretty incredible, several posts a day (mostly by the indefatigable Omar, who in addition to saving lives as a physician, also goes about saving Pakistan from the Deep State). anyway… for my fellow authors feel free to edit/amend my posts where you see fit (just let me know), and if the flow does get too much just reschedule it away to a later date (again let me know). I won’t mind I’m really enjoying Brown Punditry as a hub for quirky off beat analysis and retrospections on Brownitude.
Following Razib’s post Kala and Omar’s comment (W. Punjab vs. the rest) to my congratulations to India I dug in deeper. The Indian cricket team is entirely northwestern, northern or Brahmin. I’ll do the batting line up.
The recruitment fields of the Pakistani team tends to be quite different (far more from the hinterland) and ethnography in Pakistan is not as clear-cut (its obviously very possible) because surnaming convention is not as defined as in India. Here is an article caste in Indian cricket.
Basically to be facetious yesterday’s match was one group of North-western South Asians versus another group of North-western South Asians and as the Sri Lankans definitely show there is absolutely no ANI-ASI component to cricket. As Razib points out the bias towards “upper-casteism” and “North-westernism” is evident throughout the Subcontinent, even in Pakistan the internalised image is of the Pathans as the uber meich (master race?) though uncultured.
Virender Sehwag – Haryana Jat
Gautam Gambhir – Hindu Punjabi from Delhi (basically Partition)
Virat Kohli – Hindu Punjabi Khukhrain who trace their origins to West Punjab
Yuvraj Singh – Sikh (could be Jat – apparently he too is from a “low-caste”)
Mahendar Singh Dhoni – either Sikh Punjabi or Uttrakhand (apparently he is from a “low-caste” potentially Yadav?)
Suresh Raina – Kashmiri Pandit
Harbhajan Singh – Sikh
Zaheer Khan – Marathi Muslim (probably Pathan?)
Ashish Nehra – Jat, who trace their origins to Sindhi rules at the time of Mohammad Bin Qasim conquest.
Munaf Patel – Gujarati Patel
Yusuf Pathan came in as a replacement fielder, he’s a Gujarati Muslim.