Jaico Cricketwallah Series with Ayaz Memon is a series of short and thin books (70-80 pages) chronicling the lives of successful cricketers from India. So far, 4 books have been published in the series, one each on Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. I’m sure many more such chronicles would be in the pipeline. The book Sachin Tendulkar : Master Blaster is penned by Indranil Rai, a freelance journalist.
Ever since Sachin retired last year, so much has been written on him already that if you too were one of those who read (or at least tried to read) almost every article written on him by various newspapers and bloggers around the world, there are high chances that you remember almost each and every aspect of his career clearly.
This book, Sachin Tendulkar : Master Blaster, does just that. It chronicles his life since he was first introduced to cricket at the age of 2.5 years, albeit unknowingly, by their maid and continues to talk about his unique feats and the havoc that he had created on the cricketing fields and in the minds of bowlers all across the world.
So much has already been written on him that there is nothing more that one can add to it. But this book scores some brownie points in being precise, to the point and short. It is not a detailed biography on Sachin, it is just a chronicle of all the events that took place in his career from his debut to his first century to his rise in the world cricket to his fall and his resurgence.
The book which is just 72 pages long can be read in one-sitting yet it feels like the author has probably covered everything that is to be covered about Sachin. Not much has been written about the personal life of Sachin as this book is all about Sachin, the cricketer and not about Sachin, the humble and dignified human being.
However, last few chapters seem to be rushed through, but then, to include all of his feats within 72 pages is next to impossible as he has innumerable records to his credit. Also, the book only talks about his ODI retirement and not about his Test retirement as the book was published before that.
Quick, short and nice read about the GOD of Indian Cricket.