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Final Test Exit Sachin Tendulkar
Final Test Exit Sachin Tendulkar by Dilip D'Souza

Published by: Random House Publishers India Pvt. Ltd.
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ISBN: 978 81 8400 6360
Pages: 226
Price: Rs.299/-

Final Test is Dilip D'Souza's fifth book, which is a close scrutiny of Sachin Tendulkar's last Test played at Wankhede Stadium vs West Indies in November last year. With this book, cricket enthusiasts relive those magical moments, including the anxiety and excitement before and during Sachin's farewell Test match.

Dilip presents a compelling tale of Sachin Tendulkar's final Test which is a momentous occasion in the history of Indian cricket. He believes "his last Test match in November 2013 - the final time he played for India - turned into one great overwhelming all-consuming outpouring of emotion and affection and nostalgia for the man, no matter what happened in the game itself. This is what he had come to mean to a country. For him, for Him, a farewell to the game could not have happened any other way."

Dilip has criticised BCCI's decision of choosing an opponent (West Indies) of "such brittle resolve and ability". He remarked, "Which cricket-lover's pulse would not race at the thought of Tendulkar facing Dale Steyn, arguably the best fast bowler of his generation? And if Tendulkar performed against this South African team in South Africa, what a fitting end that would be to a stellar career."

He further brings out the fact as how Tendulkar by "asking for a pair of Tests, however well-intentioned he was, he suggested compromise too. He took just that little bit off the shine of his legacy."

Every detail and precious moments concerning Sachin's 200th Test, have been covered in this book apart from his overwhelming speech, thanking everyone who has been support to him over the last two decades.

Summing up, the writer says that Tendulkar was a remarkable batsman and his figures prove it, and far more lucid and expressive writers than me will tell us about his legacy in fine detail.