Finally got hold of little master’s autobiography ” Playing it my Way”. Its a wonderful book. When you read the book it was like watching highlights Many of us have grown watching him play and what a entertainer he was. He is a living legend but what adds to his glory is his humbleness. Throughout the book you can feel the presence of humbleness whether its towards his first coach, brother, wife and towards the game. The autobiography has all the elements in it including his childhood, his entry to world of cricket, his first century, his love life, all his match excerpts, being father , his final speech etc. Some of the lines and excerpts what I liked in the books are as follows
- Sachin’s first tour to Pakistan where in the Fourth Test a Waqar short delivery hit Sachin on his nose. Javed Miandad commented ” Arre thujhe to abhi hospital jana parega” and a banner in the stand ” Bacche ghar ja ke dudh pie ka aa” . Sachin’s fitting reply be dispensing a full delivery from Waqar to boundary.
- His first test hundred in England.
- Venkatapathy Raju grabbing Merv Hughes moustache.
- How Anjali Mehta became Anjali Tendulkar
- Fielding and running skills of Jonty Rhodes
- Balling the last over in the Hero cup against South Africa ( remember Macmillian)
- India vs Austrialia match at Sharjah when Sachin gifter India a victory on his birthday and Tony Grieg commented “ What a Player “.
- Rahul Dravid (180) and Laxman(280) snatching a test victory against Aus at the Eden Gardens.
- Shane Warne’s nightmares
- Fitting reply to Greg Chappell’s comment (Ian Chappell in 2007, had written in a column that Tendulkar should look at the mirror and ask himself if he was good enough to continue playing cricket.� Tendulkar responds: “I showed him the size of the mirror in 2008 when we toured Australia (Sachin was man of the series in the VB Series) He should have realised that the man he is asking to stand infront of the mirrior has played more cricket than him”)
- World cup matches against Pakistan
- 2011 world cup
- 100th hundred
- Notes for his last speecn
- Paying his respect to 22 yards
What I felt after reading the book was that having a stardom is rather a burden than a blessing. Even though Sachin was a successful player throughout his life but he had to face lot of critics. His stint as captain will not be sweet remembrance (“No one from the BCCI managed to call me or inform me of my removal as captain before someone from the media called to say I was no longer captain. I felt extremely humiliated to hear this.”) and also the phase when he had to go through his injuries.
But all said and done , he was the best and only another Sachin can only break the little masters record. Hope Sachin remains in touch with cricket in one or the other way…