Book review of ‘Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography’ by Vaibhav Purandare

first_imgSachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography by Vaibhav Purandare”He had created chaos in class by holding a boy against a bench and beating him up…With his huge locks and strong body, he was a brattish, bullying creature.”This description of Sachin Tendulkar by a former classmate finds place in this book as,Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography by Vaibhav Purandare”He had created chaos in class by holding a boy against a bench and beating him up…With his huge locks and strong body, he was a brattish, bullying creature.”This description of Sachin Tendulkar by a former classmate finds place in this book as a clue to the prodigy’s later cricketing personality: the ferocious desire to dominate. With the batsman on the edge of yet another world record, this biography is as well-timed as one of his signature straight drives. Tendulkar is India’s greatest sporting hero and also its biggest enigma. Despite his iconic stature, his reticence and ducking of the media spotlight have allowed his cricketing exploits to obscure the man. Top 10 Best SellersClick here to EnlargeHis life off the pitch, the pressures of superstardom, his inglorious reign as captain, his relationship with teammates and the BCCI, the controversies and how they affect him, and the questions about his batting in recent times lie in the realm of speculation and gossip.Journalist Vaibhav Purandare has made an attempt to flesh out the man behind the mission. He succeeds, but only in part. The problem with writing a biography of Tendulkar is that his cricketing achievements are so overwhelming that all else pales in comparison.His fiercely guarded privacy makes it even more difficult to figure out the persona behind the public mask. This is, however, a well researched book that covers the career of India’s most celebrated sportsman in depth and detail, recreating some of his greatest innings. In the end, we may not be much the wiser in terms of understanding Tendulkar the man, but the book does succeed in proving that there is a price to be paid for greatness.advertisementlast_img

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