It was in 2013 that we last saw India’s greatest cricketer take guard on the cricket field and some of us are yet to come to terms with it. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar may have retired from all forms of cricket, but his legacy will continue to live in the hearts of millions of fans. Thank God for books, for we can relive his cricketing days in their pages! Plenty has been written about Tendulkar and his magnanimous cricketing career that spanned 24 long years. But few authors have been able to do justice to the phenomenon that is Tendulkar.
If you’re a Tendulkar fan and are looking to absorb all things Sachin, these books should find a place in your shelf by default!
1. How Sachin Destroyed My Life – By Vikram Sathaye
"Vikram, I may have destroyed your initial life but you recovered pretty well after the follow on".
When you read a foreword like that from the Master Blaster, curiosity is bound to take over. Most biographies tend to be too factual and monotonous, especially when they’re about people as famous as Sachin Tendulkar. But in this book, Vikram Sathaye offers a funny perspective on how the greatest Indian batsman changed his life. It also gives out some lesser known facts about Indian cricketers like: Why Sehwag whistles while he bats, What Dhoni listens to in the dressing room and so on. Vikram has taken the many facets of Sachin’s career and blended them beautifully with his style of humor.
2. Sachin Tendulkar: The Man Cricket Loved Back – The world’s best writers on India’s biggest sporting legend.
Looking for a dose of nostalgia? We’ve got it covered. Sachin’s teammates, his rivals and some of the best cricket writers come together in this classy collection and pour their heart out on the Little Master. It also features some of his oldest interviews, amazing pictures and brilliant anecdotes that describe the legend in the most appropriate way. ESPNcricinfo has done an excellent job with this anthology on India’s beloved cricketer that was released as a tribute to Sachin post his retirement.
3. SACH – By Gautam Bhattacharya
Written by one of Kolkata’s well-know sport journalists, SACH is an account of the cricketer’s eventful journey in the world of cricket. Gautam does a wonderful job of listing Sachin’s achievements in the most simplistic manner, such that it holds your attention. But what he also highlights is a side of Sachin we rarely see- something that he shares from his own experience. Plus, there’s a wonderfully written and emotionally touching foreword by the Indian skipper, MS Dhoni.
4. Sachin: A Hundred Hundreds Now – By V. Krishnaswamy
Love numbers? This one’s for you. Author V. Krishnaswamy published this book after Sachin scored his 100th international hundred. In this book, he takes us through every hundred scored by Sachin in an incredible manner. The book has an introduction by none other than Rahul Dravid and a foreword by Sachin’s first coach, Mr. Ramakant Achrekar. For people who haven’t watched his hundreds live, this book is a treasure.
5. Playing It My Way – By Sachin Tendulkar
As fans of the God of cricket, we waited anxiously for Sachin’s autobiography. And in 2014, our wish was finally granted. Sachin Tendulkar, along with Boria Mazumdar released his autobiography, "Playing It My Way", much to the delight of cricket fans around the world. This book is literally an encyclopedia on the man and his career. However, the autobiography garnered a mixed response, mainly because of the way it’s written. But if you’re a die-hard Tendulkar fan, it shouldn’t matter. There are a few gems, which includes the chapter on Anjali, his wife. You can also sense SRT’s emotions in the final stages, where he goes through the last days of his playing career.
How many of these do you have? If not, go get them and treat yourself to the Sachin mania.
Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar!