Mumbai, Nov 5: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s tell-all autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ was officially released on Tuesday. The gala event took place here after he offered the first copy of the book to his mother.
Sachin Tendulkar himself launched the book amid thundering applause by the gathering. At the launch, Tendulkar presented a copy to his mentor and childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar in the presence of his daughter Sara.
The book, co-authored by Sachin and Boria Majumdar, has already created much furore, chiefly through what Sachin has write about Greg Chappell and how he almost quit cricket after failing as a captain.
“This book is a sincere attempt. I want people to know what my life has been. It has taken three years to write this autobiography. It was nice to relive moments I have lived in the last 41 years,” Sachin said.
Sachin, who retired almost a year ago on November 16, 2011, said it took him three years to write this book, which tells that he was working on it during the last two years of his career.
He said: “This book is a sincere attempt. I want people to know what my life has been. It has taken three years to write this autobiography. It was nice to relive the moments I have lived in the last 41 years.”
The evening began with Harsha Bhogle inviting Sachin’s seniors Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Ravi Shastri on the stage, who shared their experience of watching Sachin for the first time as a 15-year-old and how he evolved into a champion batsman.
It was an awe-inspiring moment when the ‘Fab Four’ of Indian cricket – Sachin himself, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – were together on the stage sharing stories from the days they played together for India, scoring more than 45,000 Test runs together.
And then The Tendulkars – Sachin, Ajit and Anjali – graced the stage. While Anjali told how he first saw Sachin at an airport and was charmed by his cuteness, Sachin told how he asked Anjali to go and talk to his parents about their marriage when he was away on the New Zealand tour.
Thanking all, Sachin said: “Playing It My Way’ is a different sort of innings for me, and was in the making for the last three years. As with the game, I have been honest and sincere in putting together various aspects of my life, and the book is something I hope readers will enjoy.”
“I would like to thank those who helped me put this book together, it took three years and the last eight months were really taxing: Sachin”.
Managing Director of the books’ publishers Hachette India, Thomas Abraham, said, “This is an absolutely outstanding book – at once cricketing history and personal narrative; and will delight every cricketing fan. We are delighted to welcome Sachin Tendulkar to our list and are proud to be publishing this landmark autobiography which we’re sure – like its author – will go on to set new records.”
The book has, in fact, already set the Indian record for the largest adult hardback orders on day of release with 100,000 copies being released by the publishers. While lucky guests got the chance to purchase early ‘launch’ copies, the book is heavily embargoed and was transported across the country under security for simultaneous release on the 6th of November.
(With Agency Inputs)