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In a nation where cricket is religion and Sachin is god, there is nothing much left to be described of the achievement of this genius.  One could also not deny the fact that we could not get another Sachin in the times to come.  The achievements are next to impossible to achieve and are highly commendable.  The book written by veteran journalist Khalid A-H Ansari and edited by Clayton Murzello is a unique ode to contemporary cricket’s finest batsman.  This is an attempt to impartially probe the crucial mental, physical and emotional ingredients of the little master.


Despatches to Mid Day, one of Asia’s leading newspapers from some of the world’s most famous names in cricket writing - Ayaz Memon, Harsha Bhogle, Ian Chappell, Mike Coward, Peter Roebuck and other luminaries - grace the pages of this book.  Tributes from cricket’s most famous personalities including Tendulkar’s Team India teammates and coaches make this publication invaluable in helping cricket enthusiasts understand what makes Sachin the peerless champion he is.  The book also captures critical moments of Tendulkar’s wondrous cricketing career from photographers who have followed him throughout his distinguished career.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Until his recent retirement, Khalid Ansari was the guiding force of Mid Day Infomedia Ltd which publishes the newspaper in two languages from Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Pune.  He was publisher of the magazine Sportsweek, which he started in 1968 to champion the cause of Indian sport and sportsmen until 1989, when he took up an assignment abroad.  The author of three earlier books, he covered the Kargil war in 1999, the NAM conference in Harare and the CHOGM summit in the Bahamas.  He has the distinction of having covered nine Olympic Games.

Clayton Murzello is Mid Day's Group Sports Editor and has been a journalist since 1988.  He is a recipient of two Sports Journalists Federation of India awards for excellence in journalism.  He has co-authored a book on cricket anecdotes with former Test cricketer Sandeep Patil.

MY TAKE:  To be honest, it would sound little blunt but for a Sachin fan it hardly matters, as to know more about their idol is a bonus and is acceptable in any form.  Of course, I would not take away the credit from the writers of the book, as it has given a new dimension to look upon towards the champion cricketer.  The inputs from experts and fellow team mates are also very interesting and makes the book more lucrative.  The pictures also add to the zeal.  Above all, input by the little master himself makes it more trustworthy and readable.  I confess of being a Sachin fan, but even if you are not go through it to know what it takes to be a genius and real champion and also what it takes to fulfill the hopes of millions for whom he is the Indian Cricket.  Happy reading!



BOOK:  Sachin: Born to Bat

AUTHOR:  Khalid A-H Ansari, Clayton Murzello, Sachin Tendulkar

PUBLISHER:  Jaico Publishing House


LANGUAGE:  English

PRICE:  Rs. 450

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