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Sachin A Hundred Hundreds Now
Sachin - A hundred hundreds now
Introduction by Rahul Dravid and foreword by Ramakant Achrekar

Published by
Harper Sport in India in 2012
- an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers India
- a joint venture with The India Today Group

Pages : 263

Price : Rs.250/-

Marketing Head: Lipika Bhushan

An excellent book, depicting story of Sachin Tendulkar on occasion of his completing a hundred hundreds, V.Krishnaswamy takes cricket enthusiasts through every hundred, every peak scale on Sachin's way to the top.

Alongside, Krishnaswamy captures glimpses of the fast changing world around Sachin, and the two sportsmen whose lives and achievements in some ways mirror the Little Master's: world-chess champion Viswanathan Anand and tennis superstar Leander Paes.

The book has twenty two chapters - calendar-year wise. Only calendar year 1991 was barren as in four Tests and 14 ODIs, Sachin could not get to the three-figure mark. This was the first and last time he would go an entire year without a hundred in either format.

Apart from the significance of each of his hundreds, the major highlights include The Situation, Reliving the Century and Did You Know aspects.

In a chapter The Wait Is Over, the author says as Sachin Tendulkar entered the 23rd year of his international career, there seemed to be no peak left that he had not conquered. But by now a new target had been set - of a 'century of centuries'. All his three-figure knocks from both formats combined, he was now at 99. But he had been there since 12 March 2011, after his second century in the World Cup. Then, on 16 March 2012, Tendulkar reached the landmark. It was now 7,890 days since the first day of the Test match in which he had scored the first century of his incredible career."

Ramakant Achrekar, in his Foreword, says: "Over the last 20 years and more, so much has been written about Sachin Tendulkar, yet I wonder if any of us, he himself, I or all his countless fans and followers, had imagined how big he would make it.

A hundred hundreds in international cricket! It was and is still unthinkable. And I am glad I am still around to see it. It has indeed been my greatest joy to see him achieve this landmark."

Achrekar believes that Sachin still has a lot to offer and has some more years left in him.

This excellent book has an introduction by Rahul Dravid: "He is considered one of the best after Sir Don Bradman, though it is unfair to compare players from such different eras. Without dispute, he is one of the greatest cricketers the world has seen. It was an absolute thrill to be a part of the same team and to have played so much with Sachin. We batted together for hours, in different formats and on different grounds, and each time, it was an education."

The production is superb. All in all, an excellent book.