Story Of One Man Army
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar’s story may have been told many times, but it never stops delighting the cricket fans. In the 24 years that Tendulkar played cricket, there was almost no existing batting record that he did not break, or no impossible record that he did not set. He even changed the money and endorsements that entered the game. At the same time, his incredible batting skills have kept him rooted in the fine traditions of cricket. In the book Sachin Tendulkar, Master Blaster, Indranil Rai has tried to encompass all the beautiful phases of the life of maestro, along with some sad moments of his cricketing life.
In the first chapter “The Little Master”, the author has given a glimpse of early life of the Master Blaster. It deals with the life of the Sahitya Sahwas, a building made for artists and litterateurs, going under the coaching of Ramakant Achrekar, and the historic 664-run partnership with Vinod Kambli. In the second chapter “Baptism By Fire”, the author gives a close account of what went into the debut of Tendulkar in international cricket. In that series against Pakistan, Tendulkar was hit on face by a bouncer from Waqar Younis, he refused medical treatment and went for making 57. It was indeed his baptism by fire. In the next two chapters “Conquering the Mind” and “Family Man”, the author describes how Tendulkar mesmerised the nation with batting and bowling skills and how he got married to his wife Anjali Mehta. In the next chapter “Leading the Way”, the author describes the turbulent phase of Sachin’s cricketing life. He was made captain of the Indian team. “Being captain was a tougher job than Tendulkar may have envisaged, perhaps the first tough call in a career that was already illustrious and ground-breaking,” the author writes.
In the chapter six of the book “Winning over Australia”, the author portrays what has been enthralling cricket fans around the world. His antiques in the tests against Australia on the home turf and his ‘Sandstorm’ innings in Sharjah against Australia had left many gasping. The author illustrates the comment of Shane Warner, an Australian cricketer, after Sachin’s innings in Sharjah, “I’ll be having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for a six.” This shows how Sachin has conquered the Australians. In the next chapter “The Hundred Tributes” the author explains the turbulent times of the Indian cricket and how Sachin remained unfazed by the match-fixing scandals. The author describes the commitment of the “Master Blaster” towards the game. During the1999 World Cup, Tendulkar had a personal loss, when his father passed away. Sachin came back after performing necessary rites and scored century against Kenya and dedicated it to his father. “The image of Tendulkar looking up to the sky as if sending this century to his father as a tribute is etched on the minds of every cricket lover everywhere in the world”, the author writes.
In the eighth chapter of the book, the author describes the difficult times in Sachin’s career, when injuries and loose form were the talk of town and critics were gloating over his retirement plans. In the final chapter “The Crowning Glory”, the author describes the dream of Sachin Tendulkar of winning a world cup, and when the dream came true in 2011, how Sachin felt. The book encompasses whole cricketing career of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and gives an insight into what went into making of a “Master Blaster”.
By Nilabh Krishna