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About the Book :
This book takes you beyond Sachin Tendulkar’s career aggregates and passionate assertions...
There are almost as many books about Sachin Tendulkar as there are centuries by him. But, just as there is only one Tendulkar century that came in a winning run chase in the last innings of a Test match, rare are the books that look at his personal records through the prism of how much they mattered to the team. In fact there are none, because the easiest thing to do is to produce adulatory tomes for his doting fans. But there are an equal number of cricket fans out there who want to know something more than gushing accolades and who don't shy away from asking difficult questions. The book covers:
a quarter of a century of Indian cricket, bringing back to life many a game played during Tendulkar’s time.
it indulges fans in one of the enduring joys of cricket, discussing a point threadbare from multiple angles.
how many of his centuries made a difference to the team?
what is his track record under pressure?
None of the books on Tendulkar has engaged fans in these debates. There is the odd question raised here or a critical comment made there in memoirs by former cricketers, but not a single book that sifts through the mountain of Tendulkar records to see what value can be attached to them from a team’s point of view. An exercise like that can be quite revealing, even startling, and certainly a lot of fun for cricket lovers.
It sets the Tendulkar debate against specific data, taking it beyond career aggregates and passionate assertions.
Master Laster covers the variables in the game, and its infinite possibilities. It also deals with why this game fascinates so many of us.
About the Author :
Sumit Chakraberty has worked as a journalist for over 30 years, with stints at Indian Express, The Times of India, BiTV, UTV and most recently, DNA, where he was the Sunday Editor and wrote a weekly cricket column aimed straight at the head, called Beamer. He has followed the game closely for five decades, from watching the Nawab of Pataudi execute an elegant sweep on his school cricket ground in Hyderabad to analyzing the game from the press box at Wankhede for his newspaper.
|Title:||Master Laster||Publisher:||Hay House|
|No. of Pages:||232|
Cricket is a religion in India, and Sachin is the God of that religion has been drummed into us ad nauseam. Here is a book that tells us that cricket is a very interesting game indeed and examines whether Sachin really deserves the God status given to him by marketeers of him as a brand, and therefore his zillions of fans who accept it without examining with closer scrutiny how Sachin's various records have actually impacted the game. The author looks past the maudlin hero worship and uses those very phenomenal statistics and tells us that they are not what they're made out to be by influential Sachin promoters. Which by itself makes for a very interesting read. Also, the author's writing style is engaging, which makes the book even more enjoyable, not only to hard core cricket followers, but also people like me who just gets caught up in it when major matches take place and the fun and frolic of IPL kind of cricket.