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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut in Pakistan at the Reprint edition (November 6, ); Publication Date: November 6, ; Language: English; ASIN: B00N8UNUH4; Text-to-Speech: Enabled. Read "Playing It My Way My Autobiography" by Sachin Tendulkar available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get RS. off your first. A CIP catalogue record for this title is available from the British Library. ISBN . lucky enough to be able to spend my time Playing It My Way.
Paperback Published: Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! The autobiography of the highest scoring batsman of all time. The greatest run-scorer in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar retired in after an astonishing 24 years at the top. The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all time, he received the Bharat Ratna Award - India's highest civilian honour - on the day of his retirement. Now Sachin Tendulkar tells his own remarkable story - from his first Test cap at the age of 16 to his th international century and the emotional final farewell that brought his country to a standstill. When a boisterous Mumbai youngster's excess energies were channelled into cricket, the result was record-breaking schoolboy batting exploits that launched the career of a cricketing phenomenon.
This, though, fails on both counts, especially so in the writing which is just lazy and simplistic from Boris Majumdar. Remember how Sachin so maddeningly used to get dismissed against the Cronjes and Razzaqs with that half prod outside off stump? Well, this is in the same vein: Agreed that Sachin's is a life that's been scrutinised and catalogued scores of times, making it difficult to actually come up with fresh anecdotes and stories.
However, there was more than ample scope for getting into the mind of the greatest of champions, one who had risen from schoolboy cricketer to a demigod and stayed there for a quarter of a century.
There's definitely a story there!
The subject couldn't have been more interesting, to put it mildly. Forget living legends, Sachin was a playing legend for two thirds of his career. His stories had already passed into myth and legend while he was still learning his craft.
He was Don freakin' Bradman's Bonzer. The most celebrated, worshipped, adored, complete, competitive, lasting cricketer and phenomenon of our times is a story crying out loud to be printed. As a biographer, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For a subject not exactly renowned for being articulate and forthcoming, the co-writer's role assumes all the more importance.
To extract as much as possible, slowly and steadily, drip by golden drip adding up, probing, questioning, dissecting, persuading, cajoling, coaxing.
Definitely not sitting across him and asking him to jot down whatever he remembers about the major series and tournaments, which is what this feels like. This was crying out for Walter Isaacson, not Boria Majumdar. This could have been a contemporary analysis of modern cricket. Or a peep-hole into the minds of one of the deepest thinkers of the game, someone who loved and worshipped at the game's altar as much as he conquered all that he surveyed.
Or a masterclass on run-making and batting techniques and adjustments. Or how he dealt with being public property for all these years. Or a recollection of the dressing room and Team India over three decades of triumphs, losses, fun and heartbreak. Not a series of match reports and stilted retelling of stale anecdotes.
There are tantalising glimpses, though, of what the book could have been: One takeaway is, reading between the lines as a whole, a little better understanding about his character - obsessed about high performance and standards, somewhat self-centred in his view, trying too hard to justify himself.
Or maybe I felt that because of the high number of "I"s in the book. It would be interesting to research on the self-centredness of the top achievers; beyond the Viv swagger and the Pietersen brashness, most seem to cater to W. Grace's " They came to see me bat not you bowl ". Everything and everyone, including their own teammates, is but a 'support' system, carrying on from when everyone had tried to nurture their prodigious talents when a child.
An absolute belief in one's superiority, to be able to alter perceptive reality. Here, for instance, Sachin is always dismissed by a ball that didn't swing as much as expected never that he misread the swing , or gets out to the only ball that swung or spun in the entire match.
When, without any assumed hesitation, he states that he could contribute the best when opening because he felt most comfortable there, it's implied that his contributing was the most crucial to India winning.
The book overall is quite similar to Gavaskar's Sunny Days , which was again an underwhelming work on its own right. While especially for sportsmen, whose careers and lives are of interest only to the generation that has watched them would you download the autobiography of Viv Richards or Don Bradman today?
So, this is not for Sachin fans, unless it's taken as a walk down memory lane. Mar 21, Alok Mishra rated it it was amazing. Was one of the very 'first-few' readers of this book in the locality! The book takes you down in the memory lane and brings you back to the exit door from where the master batsman got out of the cricket ground It's too easy sitting home and complaining about a person who has given his life t Was one of the very 'first-few' readers of this book in the locality!
It's too easy sitting home and complaining about a person who has given his life to a cause - and in Sachin's case, it was your dreams!
I have enjoyed reading the book and every single detail that has been there. Yes, the book got something wrong - some data and some facts very few. But what's big deal? Let's enjoy the book! Nov 06, Tina rated it it was amazing. I have never found myself in tears after finishing a book. But Playing it My Way did bring back all the memories all the affection I had felt for this man ever since - that's when I started watching cricket.
I have worshipped him from that time as a hero as a great player as a great human being and as a God. By the end of this book it only makes me feel proud of my idol my hero.
A must read for every one. You will be touched with his humbleness humility and the honesty with which the book h I have never found myself in tears after finishing a book.
You will be touched with his humbleness humility and the honesty with which the book has been written. Nov 09, shashank sourabh rated it did not like it Shelves: A big disappointment,apart from few anecdotes almost everything is yawn-inducing. I was expecting more substance and fewer scorecards.
Hardly anything is said about the crisis of match -fixing despite Sachin having ringside seat in Indian cricket.
This book needed more time,thought and a much better ghost-writer. What could've been a contemporary analysis of modern cricket has been reduced to a dumbed down 'eulogy ' to milk the cash cow that Sachin's name is.
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Nov 07, Pushkar rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jumped on to this one in anticipation of knowing so many secrets of Indian cricket which the man has kept close for years.
However, the writing seems more honest and capturing when it's not about cricket; mostly when it is about Sachin's family. When it's about his wife and his children, one can almost feel like he is describing it all with a shy smile. He has been really lucky to have the support of his family members even those in the extended family , friends and coach. If one ever had a dou Jumped on to this one in anticipation of knowing so many secrets of Indian cricket which the man has kept close for years.
If one ever had a doubt about whether he deserved to receive the accolades that he did, the description of his hard work as a kid is good enough to quell such a doubt.
The book does a great job at providing cricketing insights too. The behind-the-scenes action is amusing and even funny at times though very less of it has remained unheard thanks to the man's more and more interviews. The funniest bit was his talk with Ganguly about playing off Flintoff. Didn't quite like the format of the book. Are all sportsperson autobiographies penned out going from game-to-game? It was as if I was reading newspaper reports what with dates and all. He has done a nice for him but unexciting for readers job of steering clear from the controversies.
Like he mentions the SA in India series match-fixing but doesn't talk about it beyond a paragraph. It would have been nice to read how he felt when Azhar was banned, if he had any inkling about corruption as confessed by Cronje and if he was ever approached.
Apart from all the nice things, I felt that the book brings forth a bit of Sachin's selfcentredness that was rather unknown to me. Instances in question being when he talked to Nasseer Hussain about his average and scores despite Giles's negative line, how much the declaration affected him didn't he say it was okay back then? May be I assumed the guy to be super-perfect.
The last bit was ever so emotional. It was heartening to feel how his body kept giving him more and more signals that it's time to say goodbye to the game. It's almost as if he didn't feel any pain physically but was only concerned about how quickly he returned to the field. The best part about the book was definitely the first few lines in which he talks about his father's words about how he'd play cricket for less than half of his life and it'd please him more if people remember him as a good human being than a great cricketer.
Great words indeed. He is the protagonist of this book. With whom the journey was more real. The one who inspires me more than all others combined. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the epitome of heroism for me. Every game has some greats and only a few legends but there are hardly any people who become much more beyond a sporting legend.
SRT belongs to that category. He has touched so many lives on so many levels which is difficult to guess. I have literally lived my life with him, and so have millions of other Indians. There were occasions when we were not in the best of moods but a simple straight drive from his bat was capable of bringing the smile back on our faces and the fact that he did that for two-and-a-half decades, even with the occasional failure is something unbelievable.
To really believe it you have to be lucky enough to be born in the era of the little master. Thankfully I was. The Man Himself: India is a country mostly dominated by middle class people. The Book: I read a lot of people complaining about the novelty of the stuff this book has. I wonder what they were expecting. This is an autobiography of a man whose life was in media spotlight since he was merely a boy of 14, and we know how our Indian media is.
I like the tidbits about his early childhood, and his cute love story with anjali, the internal conflicts he was having when he was going through tough times. Even the known parts were different coming from his own perspective. Rest 3 Tendulkar are his half siblings. Yet you can guess why he didn't mention this in the book. He has always avoided this discussion.
And Sachin-Ajit equation is exemplary. Dec 31, Saurabh rated it it was ok. Skimmed through this book. Skimmed because reading it all is impossible. The obsession with numbers and personal milestones is palpable and makes for boring reading.
The title is telling. Devotes entire chapters to the hundredth hundred, even having a Deewar like monologue with God when he does it yes he is literally mad at God for making him wait so long for a made up statistic. Takes no blame for having lost India the match and series on account of his selfish play. Instead blames people for Skimmed through this book.
Instead blames people for thinking so. And blames the bowlers by pointing to another match saying we restricted a better team to fewer runs, promptly forgetting that we scored more against them too Sachin made 6. Childish as hell. Seems petulant about poor decisions yet I didnt see one admission of a wrong decision going his way. Says the "shoulder before wicket" would never have gone on to hit stumps: Says nothing controversial about match fixing etc, instead wants us to know what food he likes.
Tends to blame other people for his mistakes scorer added extras to his score; Imran's field position made him drop Kapil in a charity match and plays up his sacrifices ran himself out for Azhar, played with fever etc.
The worst thing in the book is him blaming Dravid for the declaration by saying Dravid played for himself in a different match and cost India a match and series win. Firstly, no one ever has called Dravid selfish, he is one of the most selfless players to have ever played the game.
Secondly, he did not complete his century in that match, and has never made this an issue: Thirdly, he wasnt the captain and it was not his decision to declare. Fourthly, he was scoring faster than Tendulkar. Fifthly, this didnt cost India the match because we had the Aussies 6 down at the end, a far cry from a win.
This is such a complete misrepresentation of the facts by Sachin, that it is — no, not laughable — pitiable. Yes, that's basically the takeaway from this book. For one who has gotten so much by playing a game well, Sachin should be happier. Dec 17, Nayema Lipi rated it really liked it Shelves: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is not only a great cricketer, but also a great man.
The book is nicely written, describing his cricket life and also his personal life. He described every matches, he played in his 24 years cricket career. He has told in this book about his childhood,how he started playing cricket,how he passed his hard times, how he handled a particular Bowler as a batsman and a particular batsman as a bowler, some memorable incidents in cricket.
How he fought to come back in his every i Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is not only a great cricketer, but also a great man. How he fought to come back in his every injury time.
There are so many things an upcoming cricketer can learn from this book. And the photos in it, made this book more enjoyable.
There are many photos of his childhood, his cricket life, and his family. I just couldn't help myself checking them again and again. D If you are a cricket fan, you can start reading this book right now. I can assure you,you won't be disappointed. The book was just as I expected. I really enjoyed reading this book. View all 4 comments. Nov 07, Gorab Jain rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the Bible of cricket, written by none other than God himself. Must read for all the cricket lovers.
Even for those who are not very familiar with the game of cricket, it is an inspiring story of how Sachin overcame all the failures and hardships before becoming an indispensable part of the Indian cricket team. It is an in depth technical analysis of all the matches SRT has ever played, what was going through his mind, how strategies were formed and how by acute observation the course of This is the Bible of cricket, written by none other than God himself.
It is an in depth technical analysis of all the matches SRT has ever played, what was going through his mind, how strategies were formed and how by acute observation the course of a few games were changed. It throws some light on the notorious boy that Sachin was. More importantly he has revealed his emotional side, on what occasions and due to what reasons he cried, how he coped up with the expectations of all his fans.
Felt nostalgic reading this book because it covers Sachin's viewpoint of ALL the games that he has ever played. Sachin's observation power is beyond words and he has written it down very well for the future generations to learn from the game and be a superior sportsman. Nov 06, Satheesh Kumar rated it it was amazing. Honest and From the heart The best thing about this book is the complete frankness with which the entire thing is written.
For a Sachin fan who is used to politically correct statements from the great man throughout his entire career, it is a pleasant surprise, and it makes for a really entertaining read. At the beginning of the book Sachin says " I knew that if I agreed to write my story, I would have to be completely honest ". And that is exactly what he's done in the book. He calls a spade a spad Honest and From the heart The best thing about this book is the complete frankness with which the entire thing is written.
He calls a spade a spade. Be it writing about all the anxiety around the th ton, or getting pissed off by Multan '04, or commenting on other cricket people Kapil for instance , he has not shied away from stating his opinion. Kudos to the honesty and frankness. Now, for the first time, he provides a fascinating insight into his personal life and gives a frank and revealing account of a sporting life like no other.
One of the most gifted and entertaining batsmen to have played international cricket, he scored more runs and made more centuries than any other player in history - in both Tests and ODIs. He made his first Test century at the age of 17, at the age of 36 he became the first player to make a one-day double century and in he scored his th international hundred. With India he won the World Cup in and reached the top of the world Test rankings in the same year. In , he retired from cricket after playing his th and final Test in front of his home crowd in Mumbai.
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Be the first to write a review. Add to Wishlist. In Stock. Unable to Load Delivery Dates. Or a peep-hole into the minds of one of the deepest thinkers of the game, someone who loved and worshipped at the game's altar as much as he conquered all that he surveyed. Or a masterclass on run-making and batting techniques and adjustments. Or how he dealt with being public property for all these years. Or a recollection of the dressing room and Team India over three decades of triumphs, losses, fun and heartbreak.
Not a series of match reports and stilted retelling of stale anecdotes. There are tantalising glimpses, though, of what the book could have been: mastering the back-foot punch to counter the Australian pacers on the tour, his reading of Murali's doosra, changing his stance to duck Allan Donald's bouncers during the tour, playing with tissues in his underwear due to a bad stomach during his 97 against Sri Lanka in WC , the extent and number of injuries he carried in the second half of his long career, a couple of pages on the flip side of fame and how it affects the family, a relatively more personal account of winding down and retirement.
One takeaway is, reading between the lines as a whole, a little better understanding about his character - obsessed about high performance and standards, somewhat self-centred in his view, trying too hard to justify himself. Or maybe I felt that because of the high number of "I"s in the book.
It would be interesting to research on the self-centredness of the top achievers; beyond the Viv swagger and the Pietersen brashness, most seem to cater to W.
Grace's "They came to see me bat not you bowl". Everything and everyone, including their own teammates, is but a 'support' system, carrying on from when everyone had tried to nurture their prodigious talents when a child. An absolute belief in one's superiority, to be able to alter perceptive reality.
Here, for instance, Sachin is always dismissed by a ball that didn't swing as much as expected never that he misread the swing , or gets out to the only ball that swung or spun in the entire match.