India news September 2, 2014

Tendulkar autobiography on November 6

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography, Playing It My Way, will be released in the UK on November 6.

Tendulkar retired in November 2013, bringing an end to a 24-year international career during which he became the highest run-scorer and century-maker in Tests and ODIs.

"I knew that agreeing to write my story would need me to be completely honest, as that's the way I have always played the game," Tendulkar said. "It would require talking about a number of aspects I have not shared 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."

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  • victoria on September 5, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    "I knew that agreeing to write my story would need me to be completely honest, as that's the way I have always played the game," (Tendulkar, S, 2013). Sachin please Sir: playing the game 'honest' means walking when the opposition appeak, knowing that you hit the ball, if even though the umpire did not see, and hence, did not send you - like what Brian Lara did when he was in the 90s, seeking to score his maiden ton in India, on his ONLY TOUR to India during his long career. Could remember Mr Tendulkar, at any time in your career, when your bat almost tore the leather off the ball, and the opposition appealed, but the umpire by mistake did not send you, and you continued to bat? If you ever did that Sir, then you did not always play the game with honesty. But you know in Mr Lara's case, he walked even though the umpire did't send him, knowing that his innings had already "won the match" for the West Indies as usual, in a steep chase of over 300 runs in the second innings!

  • c on September 4, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    @ Cricketfan23: How have I "twisted facts" to prove Sanga's greatness. Care to discuss a few? I have never done so except to say state FACTS. Question is can you dispute a single word of what I said in my post. The answer is, of course, No. The way you describe your experience with SRT is how thousands of others experience their idols, too. : ) I don't idolize. I state facts ONLY because there are far too many in these posts who are EAGER to discredit what Sanga has accomplished as a playser over the years JUST SO THEY CAN PROP UP THEIR HEROES. Not just SRT but also others.

    @ CanTHeeRava: Are you saying we must stop comparing all players who have retired? No more comparisons between Lillle and Steyn because Lillee is retired. Can't compare anyone with Sobers?

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Pre-ordered it on Flipkart, Eagerly waiting for the Book launch :)

  • Devendra on September 3, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Have already pre-ordered the book. Its the first book that I have ever bought. @SLSup- you obviously love Sanga and as always you go to any extent to berate Tendulkar. Its not the first time u have done it & it won't be the last. You twist the stats as you see fit to prove Sanga's "greatness". Well, I belong to a generation that has grown up watching tendulkar & for us he was more than just a cricketer. I watched cricket just to see him bat. Cricket is not the same for me anymore. I don't expect you to understand any of it. Sachin's records, his achievements, his fans are here to stay. So learn to live with it.

  • K Dani on September 3, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Eagerly waiting for the release of Tendulkar's autobiography. To all those who are obsessed with finding "flaw(s)" in Tendulkar, just give it a rest, will you? Tendulkar is human after all. However, for most people (like me) he means a lot more than a merely a cricketer. Cricketers come and go. What Tendulkar means to me is between Tendulkar and me. No one can replace Tendulkar's place in my life because I cannot change my past, my childhood...That is a sovereign relationship between a cricketer and his fan. The cricketer usually doesn't know or follow his fans (that is why he cannot be God, if you are a believer!). For every true cricket fan there will be some cricketer with some 'flaw', who will be his/her Tendulkar.

  • Deep on September 3, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Always played the game with complete honesty? I can remember one instance in the 2007/08 CB series where he didn't walk. Ahahahaha. Oh Tendulkar, why must you say things like that?

  • slider on September 3, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    sanga is an exceptional player in SL,IND,PAK,BANG and UAE and scored 9000+ test runs in these pitches!

  • Nani on September 3, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    @SLSup: When did IND fans tell you that all the SL pitches are flat pitches? In the last two tours of India, at least 5 of the 6 tests have produced results. Aside from this, you should realize that those so called 'flat grounds' also contributed to Sangakkara's overall batting average (58-home vs 53-away). Moreover, a total of 1155 runs at 68 in a total of 15921 runs doesn't really bring the batting average from 40 to 53.78. Even if Sachin has managed his career average in SL rather than the 68, his batting average would have still been around 53. And, ofcourse he wrote his book. And give him some peace. The man is retired now. Stop talking about his statistics. No matter what you say, you cannot rule out the fact that he is one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game. Some may have exceeded at some situations/times.

  • Jay on September 3, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    @SLSup: Even Sanga will tell you about SRT's greatness. It's not so much about Sachin's longevity, it's about his character; the way he carried himself around, humble and modest even in his proudest moments that has made him beloved to the game of cricket itself. It's often said that there is no man greater than cricket - the sport; but if cricket is a person, he/she would disagree cause cricket loved Sachin back.

  • c on September 3, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    Perhaps we will hear from the man himself that his only true batting record is that he had played more Tests than others and have played it for longer than most. Also noticed that in SL - a place where almost all IND fans call FLAT TRACKS - SRT averages nearly 68! Hopefully SRT autobiography will recognize the contributions SL pitches have made to his career average of 53. That's what Sangakkar averages playing AWAY!

    Wonder if SRT wrote it. Cos usually an Autobiography is one that you yourself write. Otherwise it is a Biography.

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