He s a god in India and people believe luck shines in his hand . . . It is beyond chaos It is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man. Matthew Hayden on Sachin Tendulkar In the twenty years that he has been in the public eye, Sachin Tendulkar has been explosive on the cricket field and just as reticent off it. He was barely fifteen years old when he first wrote his name into record books with a stupendous 664-run partnership with his childhood friend Vinod Kambli. A few months later, he struck his first century in first-class cricket. At seventeen he became the second youngest man to make a hundred in international cricket, and after that there was no looking back. Today, Sachin is widely regarded as the world s finest Batsman, with impeccable technique, an incredible array of strokes, and maturity far beyond his years. In this biography of the hero of Indian cricket, sports writer Gulu Ezekiel mines interviews, press reports and conversations over the last two decades and more to create an accurate and sympathetic account of the man and his first passion: cricket. He tracks Sachin from his childhood when he first caught the bug of cricket, through his early performances in the Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments, and follows him on his meteoric rise to international stardom. With unfailing attention to detail, he reconstructs the crucial matches and events that marked Sachin s career and unravels for us the magic of the charismatic cricketer whom Wisden Cricket Monthly once dubbed bigger than Jesus .
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Gulu Ezekiel started his career in sports journalism with the Indian Express in Madras in 1982 before moving to New Delhi in 1991. He has been sports editor at the Asian Age, New Delhi TV and indya.com and has contributed to over 100 publications in India and around the world. he launched his own features and syndication company GE Features in 2001. Ezekiel is the author of several books including Sourav: A Biography, The Penguin Book of Cricket Lists, The A-Z of Sachin Tendulkar and Captain Cool: The MS Dhoni Story.
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