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Sachin Genius Unplugged

Sachin Genius Unplugged Edited by Suresh Menon
Forewod by Muttiah Muralitharan

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Westland Ltd. in association with KRAB Media & Marketing 2011
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SACH Genius Unplugged has been competently edited by eminent veteran journalist Suresh Menon, who has witnessed Sachin since he was a kid, piling runs after runs for his school in Dadar. The book reflects Tendulkar’s accomplishments fairly accurately, and is something youngsters taking to cricket will enjoy reading.

SACH Genius Unplugged comprises 18 essays by writers who have watched Sachin's career from close quarters, including Harsha Bhogle, Peter Roebuck, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Sanjay Manjrekar.

Muttiah Muralitharan’s excellent foreword is the highlight of this outstanding publication: "Over the years, Sachin the batsman changed a lot. His all-out aggression in the early years was replaced by a more mature, less risk-taking attitude. But the runs continued to flow till at the age of 37 he showed how he could be both aggressive and safe by making one-day cricket's first double hundred and following that with a double hundred in a Test against Australia.

Sachin has pushed the limits of the possible, and I can't imagine anyone breaking his records - not for the next 100 years anyway!"

Sanjay Manjrekar takes a leaf out of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and writes on how hitting cricket balls for more than 10,000 hours made Tendulkar into the perfect batsman. "Tendulkar at 14 had played more cricket matches than I had at the age of 19 (when I made my first class debut)." Manjrekar believes at this stage of Sachin's career if he has to give just one reason for his success, even in the 21st year of his international career, it has to be the sheer, almost desperate will to succeed."

Makarand Waingankar, a coach and columnist from Mumbai, recounts incidents from the days when Tendulkar was a 12-year-old. "The most worshipped cricketer of his time, he doesn't let the cult status that fans have accorded, impact his demeanour. Watching the reigning 'God' at this best is almost a religious experience for the fans. It's not a sport, a game or a life-long passion, it's sublime devotion."

Peter Roebuck, had captained Vivian Richards at Somerset. Comparing them, he says: "Suffice it to say that Richards has been the most withering, charismatic and exciting batsman to appear in the last 40 years. Suffice it to say that Tendulkar has been the most productive and satisfying to watch. Richards often disappointed. He batted on the edge of himself and the game. Danger was part of his attraction. Tendulkar has been classical and complete. And his achievement has been colossal. West Indies has not survived Richards; India has been uplifted by its hero.

All things considered Tendulkar has been the best of them all (excepting Bradman, who belongs in a category of his own). No one has played more breathtaking innings in the highest company or scored more runs, or given more pleasure. To watch a Tendulkar straight drive is to observe the attainment of an ideal. The age, and occasionally the game itself, has belonged to him."

The book has some beautiful and quite rare photographs of Sachin. In one of the photographs, he’s dressed up as Gabbar Singh in a team building exercise.

Ananthanarayanan has meticulously compiled Sachin Tendulkar's Test and ODI career stats.