Great peek into schoolboy Sachin days, but predictable about International career!
23 May, 2015
First of all, I was very excited to get this book. And, I was one of the firsts to order. The book does not disappoint. It starts off with sachin's childhood memories about his father - his biggest inspiration and his mother. Then it moves onto talk about his schooldays and start of his cricket journey, with his brother Ajit's help and his school coach, Ramakant Achrekar. The young Sachin is described in a nostalgic yet refreshing manner, with many interesting emotional snippets about Sachin's journey through school, cricket, parents, uncles, aunts, his friends and his coach! You can see a young boy's emotional journey through the only medium he loves - cricket. In this department, Sachin scores a century!
The part about how he met his wife Anjali and their love, romance, marriage and kids is also well handled. Though for those curious readers who wanted to get more sneak peek into his personal life, there is not much on offer here.
The last bit about various international tournaments, world cups and his own personal professional achievements - it all starts to feel predictable and un-interesting. For example, he explains what he felt when he took 6 wickets in Kochi or when he clean bowled Moin Khan in a test match. We, Indians are so used to watch cricket, we remember these moments for a long time and when Sachin talks about themgiving an elaborate description about what match, where, when and how - it feels a bit stretched and boring.
But, the part about World Cup, 2011 preparation and what the team felt and how he personally felt having won the world cup finally is gripping and makes an interesting read.
Overall, I give this book 4-star for the honest effort put by Sachin in explaining his formative years, his emotional journey throughout his career (particularly, as a young boy) and an attempt to explain his professional career through his own thought process (which looks tad mechanical at times!).
A must read for both Sachin fans and not-so-mush-his-fans (how many are there!?)
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