Jumbo Editorial Team
Sachin Tendulkar, one the greatest-ever cricketers and a former Indian captain, gave a perfect present to his admirers and well-wishers on the eve of his 39th birthday. It was in the shape of his book ‘Sachin - A Tribute To The Legend’ launched in his hometown Mumbai on April 23.
The book, which is a fine collection of all the published reports of all the matches in which Tendulkar scored his 100 international tons, has been published by The Hindu Group of Publications. It also contains quite a few rare pictures of the master batsman with interesting statistical aspects.
The book was reportedly conceptualised after Tendulkar scored his 100th international century in the Asia Cup against Bangladesh in Mirpur on March 16.
There was a yawning gap of over a year, however, between his 99th and 100th century but he finally accomplished the feat which is unlikely to be surpassed.
Although he had been scoring substantially even in this period the most famous of all centuries had somehow kept eluding him.
"Reading various articles and opinions in newspapers has played an important role in my career. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for putting this book together in a matter of few weeks," he acknowledged.
"It's a mammoth effort and thank you very much," the ever-smiling Tendulkar remarked in the launch function while expressing his gratitude to the publishers for releasing the book on the eve of his 39th birthday.
"It gives me immense pleasure to launch this book. All the efforts taken by The Hindu mean a lot to me. Over the years I have made lot of friends and they are dear ones,” he observed.
"Our friendship has grown in a similar manner as The Hindu has grown. I cherish each and every moment I have shared with them," Tendulkar, flanked by Mumbai India coach Robin Singh and captain Harbhajan Singh, acknowledged.
"We thought this would be a fine gesture to have this book released by you on your birthday, April 24. We feel that this book will be a fitting tribute to your unparalleled contribution to the game, making India and the international cricket community proud," Arun Anant, the CEO of The Hindu group, explained the concept behind publishing the book.