Sachin Tendulkar. These two words are incomparably more powerful than any number of sentences for the introduction of this legend. His journey to the achievement of such a name, fame and respect is a result of years of hardwork, dedication and determination. Today, everybody loves him, and his invincible feats have been an inspiration for many young players. Tracking all his records for each of his milestones, Vimal Kumar has written a book called Sachin:Cricketer of the Century. Not only the track records, the book also covers some of the remarkable experiences that some of the legendary cricketers has had in the past with the master-blaster.
Sachin:Cricketer of the Century is a book that takes the reader through Sachin's journey on the cricket pitch. It details every ground breaking match in which he has set a new record. But the USP of the book is not the facts and figures of his achievements, which are known to everyone, but the instances shared by some of the cricketing experts, who have shared the pitch with him, either as a fellow team-mate or as an opponent.
In the book, Kapil Dev recalls a day in late 1980s when the late Raj Singh Dungarpur invited him for a net practice, where he was asked to bowl to a young batsman. After six deliveries, Kapil said that the boy had timing but was too young to be playing international cricket. The very next year, the boy, Sachin Tendulkar, was selected in the Indian Test team. Allan Donald calls the ball that clean bowled Sachin Tendulkar in Durban in 1996 as his 'best ball' in Test cricket. Vimal has managed to research and incorporate such more interesting and enthralling stories from other cricketers, as well, such as Vivian Richards, Allan Border, Mathew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sanath Jayasuria, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, etc.
Vimal Kumar is an Indian journalist, who has worked with Aaj Tak, Headlines Today and Network 18. Working as a deputy editor of IBN 7, he is an upcoming author, and this is his first book. You can order online the paperback edition published by Penguin India with ISBN-10 number of 0143417401 and ISBN-13 number of 978-0143417408.