Sachin a Hundred Hundreds Now

by V.Krishnaswamy

Published by:
Harper Sport
An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers India
A-53, Sector 57, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301, India
A joint venture with The India Today Group.


Pages: 261

Price: Rs250 (in India)

Many books have been written on Sachin Tendulkar and deservedly so. Sachin has become the highest scoring batsman in both Tests and ODIs, has captained his country in both formats, played to the highest standard for over twenty years and all the while behaved impeccably and become a role model and hero to many people the world over. Considering his exploits, it is hardly surprising that so many pages have been devoted to him.

The wait for Sachin to become the first player to score one hundred international centuries had become a somewhat long one. Maybe we were impatient at having to wait almost a year since India won the World Cup in 2011 and, for my part, I returned disappointed from the Feroz Shah Kotla as Sachin carefully and methodically made his way through the 60s and into the 70s in a Test which India would comfortably win. There were enough runs to play with for Sachin, everything was going smoothly but, alas, a sweep was missed and he was on his way for 76 and I missed out on a bit of history. He came close many times but, ultimately, the great moment came in an ODI against Bangladesh. It was inevitable that a book would come out on this historic achievement.

So, what of Sachin A Hundred Hundreds Now? Well, It has five photos of Sachin, two of which come during the Little Masterís first century against England at Old Trafford in 1990. It also has a nice introduction as you might expect from another of Indiaís role models and, indeed, one of Sachinís most formidable team mates with whom he shared many, many partnerships, Rahul Dravid. Both had the ability of destroying the hearts of opposition bowlers. Nicely, though. This book, though, is not just another book on Sachin but an ideal memento for any reader wishing to have the low down on all of Sachinís centuries.

Beautifully presented and very well laid out, this book is so much more than just a journey through Sachinís centuries. Taken, by necessity, chronologically, each hundred is detailed under the caption of Reliving the CenturyĒ whilst also adding the situation of the Test/ODI/series before the innings and, at the beginning of each chapter, a review of Sachinís previous year. At the end of each chapter, other events which took place in the year concerned and, also very interestingly, two of Indiaís other sporting stars in other sports, Leander Paes (Tennis) and Viswanathan Anand ( Chess) are compared with Sachin in Parallel Lives and how their endeavours were going alongside Sachinís on the cricket field. Coupled with a miscellany of titbits of information put under the heading Did you know, this is a most interesting and well-researched book and V.Krishnaswarmy deserves a lot of credit for a fascinating book.