Playing It My Way, the autobiography of Indian cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar was launched on 05 November, 2014 in Mumbai. The book which is a memoir of sorts, relates tales from Tendulkar’s early days, his 24 years of international career and aspects of his life that have not been shared publicly. In a statement about the book, Sachin says, “I knew that if I agreed to write my story, I would have to be completely honest, as that’s the way I have always played the game and that would mean talking about a number of things I have not addressed in public before. So here I am, at the end of my final innings, having taken that last walk back to the pavilion, ready to recount as many incidents as I can remember since first picking up a cricket bat as a child in Mumbai thirty-five years ago.”
Sachin Tendulkar, considered as one of the greatest cricketers to have ever played the game is the highest run-scorer in the history of cricket. Retiring in 2013 after having played for 24 long years, Sachin made his debut for India at the age of 16 in 1989 in a Test against Pakistan. The most celebrated Indian cricketer, he received the Bharat Ratna – India’s highest civilian honour – on the day of his retirement. Having been the cornerstone of the Indian batting line-up, he was considered a God in this cricket-crazy nation.
What makes this book special is the fact that so little is known about this great man. This book is a peek into all those years of a cricketing legend’s life who is still worshipped by cricket fans the world over. The book launch itself consisted of three panel discussions involving Sachin’s former teammates and family. He presented the first copy of the book to his mother, Rajni Tendulkar. The first copy of the book at the event was presented by Sachin to his first coach and mentor, Ramakant Achrekar. This 496 pages book was launched by Sachin himself amidst much fanfare. The event was attended by the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, V. V. S. Laxman and Harsha Bhogle, who moderated the panel discussions. During the launch, talking about the book, Sachin said, “Playing It My Way’ is a different sort of innings for me, and was in the making for the last three years. I would like to thank those who helped me put this book together, it took three years and the last eight months were really taxing.”
The book has reportedly, already set the Indian record for the largest adult hardback orders on day of release with 100,000 copies being released by the publishers.
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