Playing it his way: 4 googlies Tendulkar skipped

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 06, 2014 23:12 IST

Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography , Playing It My Way, is a letdown in terms of its narrative quality, and the staid prose reflects a lost opportunity to bring out the nuances in the life and career of one of the game's finest batsmen. Thus, instead of taking a refreshing look into the mind of India's biggest sporting icons, the book is reduced to a recollection of mostly things that happened in the middle and have been well chronicled.

Even though the Master Blaster talks at length about coach Greg Chappell and his reign, there is little on his famous contemporaries.

Also, he is not vocal about the controversial Decision Review System and the ups and downs Indian cricket is going through at this juncture.

HT presents four areas into which Sachin has refused to venture.

1. Nothing on match-fixing

Despite his standing in World Cricket and having been an integral part of the team when the match-fixing scandal erupted in 2000 and in IPL 2013, he has not commented on the threat of corruption in the game.

Teammates and fans carry Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulders in a gesture of respect after his last Test, in Mumbai. (PTI photo)

2. Mum on DRS

He did not discuss the controversies surrounding the game, mainly the Decision Review System (DRS). The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opposed it ever since it was tried first in India's Test series versus Sri Lanka in 2008. Tendulkar was part of the series.

3. Nothing much on what's going on

Indian cricket is going through a topsy-turvy phase, faring well in ODIs but failing miserably in Tests abroad following the Fantastic Four's - Sachin, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - retirement. But, Sachin's book is silent on the issue.

4. Little on his famous contemporaries

(From left) Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar at the launch of Playing

It My Way, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (HT photo/ Satish Bate)

There is little discussion on the craft of the rest of India's most illustrious batting line-up - Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. A wonderful opportunity is also missed to give his perspective on what made his great adversaries - Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Glenn Mcgrath and Allan Donald - tick.

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