Sachin - Tribute to a legend
Cricket has witnessed several great feats of batsmanship. But three achievements stand apart for their sheer ability to stagger the mind: Sir Donald Bradman's Test average of 99.94; Brian Lara reclaiming the record for the highest Test score ten years after he first broke it; Sachin Tendulkar's century of international centuries. Each of these satisfies the most stringent test of greatness, longevity . here is radiance undimmed by the passage of time. But greatness, for all its intense brilliance, cannot survive in a vacuum. It needs chronicling, contexting. 'Sachin: Tribute to a Legend' is Sachin Tendulkar seen through the eyes of The Hindu.
A century of international centuries has catapulted Sachin Tendulkar from a prodigy to a phenomenon. Sachin - Tribute to a legend from The Hindu takes you on a nostalgic trip to relive his greatest sporting moments. Comprising rare news articles, interviews, statistics, pictures and much more from the archives of The Hindu and Sportstar, this book vividly recounts the batting maestro's many memorable centuries, less-remembered masterpieces and even the anonymous ground-out hundreds. The book is a celebration of the man who went from prodigy to phenomenon, after debuting as an international superstar when he was just 16. The book catalogues Sachin's incredible journey from Manchester to Mirpur. The book contains reports of his hundred hundreds as they appeared in the sports pages the next day, excerpted for relevance. It strives to convey the sparkle of the moment as it was recorded, so older readers can experience the delight of nostalgia, and newer ones, the excitement of discovery. The narrative of the hundred hundreds concerns itself primarily with Tendulkar, the batsman. It isn't independent of Tendulkar, the man, for art can't be separated from the artist. But there's more on the private Tendulkar in the collection of interviews sourced from The Hindu's group of publications.
The book is more than just a narrative of the man who achieved a hundred hundreds - it is also a window into the mind of one of cricket's greatest personalities. It includes freewheeling interviews, and interactions that happened after major milestones such as the ones after 100 tests and after 20 years of international cricket. Sachin is engaging, honest and interesting in each of these interviews. The book also has a statistics section and an essay on Tendulkar, the brand.
A dedication to his countless fans from The Hindu, this collector's item was graciously released by the Little Master himself on his birthday, the 24th of April, 2012.