“Do not allow success breed arrogance in you. If you remain humble, people will give love and respect even after you have finished with the game.”
It was his father ” Ramesh Tendulkar’s” words, which became life philosophy both on and off the field.
In a sibling of four, Sachin Tendulkar, was the youngest. As like most of us, the childhood was spent playing with his friends and doing mischievous, until, an incident that led his brother, Ajit, to enrol to the summer cricket camp under coach ” Ramakant Achrekar“.
In hindsight, it would turn out to be the most important decision made that would change his life forever.
The training at the age of eleven was really all hardwork , practising for three sessions and travelling to and fro , if not for the love of the game, most would have given up.
It was just a beggining, he would enjoy playing the game so much that simultaneously he would end up playing, at the school level, both in Under 14(Giles shield) and Under 16(Harris shield).
The record breaking partnership of 664 along with Vinod kambli in the semi-final of Harris shield would be memorable and get them recognised.
At the domestic level, the first break would be in the Ranji Trophy on 14 November 1987.
Later on 10 December 1988, he would become the youngest Indian to score a century on his first-class debut.
At just the age of sixteen, on 15 November 1989, he would make his debut for India against Pakistan. The four match test series would end up in draw.
The series against New Zealand in 1990 , would be a real test in foreign conditions.
Although, the opportunity to score his first test hundred would be missed in the second test at Napier, New Zealand, 1990, when he got out on 88. In the same year, he would go on to score 119* against England at Old Trafford, Manchester.
The moment when he met his wife, Anjali, and how her support and sacrifice was crucial both for his success and the development of their child Sara and Arjun was emotive.
After numerous series and playing seventy-odd games, he would score his first ODI hundred against Australia, in Septemper 1994, in the singer world series.
After the world cup of 1996 in Sri lanka, and a missed chance, he would be made captain, his first, against Australia at kotla in New Delhi, October 1996, India would go on to win that series 1-0.
The various other milestones and to score his first double hundred in ODI by any batsman against South Africa in 2009-10 at Gwalior was very well documented and presented in a organised way, which would be of great benefit for the readers.
The most memorable moment winning the “World Cup” in 2011, in India, the pinnacle” , which all the Indians were waiting for would be cherished forever.
To end a twenty four year long career was never going to be easy, but one could not ask for anything better if it happens in front of a home crowd, Wankhede, Mumbai, 16 November 2013, in 200th Test match.
Personally, It was purely coincidence and privilege to read and write about “the great” on a day when he made his debut in the domestic cricket and played his farewell 200th test match.
Note: Although, this book is of 2014 edition, if you are sports fan and in particular cricket, it is a good book to start with and set the tone for rest to come.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: SACHIN TENDULKAR(Autobiography) , Indian Cricketer.
with Boria Majumdar.
PUBLISHER: HACHETTE( Hodder & Stoughton ltd); EDITION : 2014.