Hero : A Biography of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Hero: A Biography of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the story of an extraordinary cricketer and the first sportsperson to be conferred the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour. This book showcases the evolution of an incredibly talented teenager from a middle-class household of Mumbai into a world champion and a legend. Starting off with his childhood and early days as a cricketer, the book takes the reader through the pulls and pressures and the moments of ecstasy and agony that one of the greatest sportspersons of all time experienced and surmounted in the course of a glorious career.
The book takes the oft-repeated adage, ‘Cricket is a religion in India’, very seriously. It goes on to divide Sachin Tendulkar’s remarkable life into three sections and details his growth from a ‘Prodigy’ to a ‘Preceptor’.
While Tendulkar remains the principal subject, the book has interesting snippets about his seniors, role models, colleagues, protégés and adversaries and goes on to detail the hero’s impact on his profession and the nation. Replete with blow-by-blow accounts of his greatest performances and interspersed with exclusive photos and quotes, Hero is a veritable history of Indian cricket in the 1990s and the new millennium—an age of transition, trauma, and, eventually, triumph.
KEY SELLING POINTS
• This book would be of immense interests to fans of Sachin Tendulkar, cricket enthusiasts and anybody who would like to know the trajectory of the Indian cricket team in approximately the last 30 years. The book is a detailed account of Tendulkar’s cricketing life—right from gully cricket to his last international match—and describes the major matches that he had played.
• Charts the narrative of the Indian cricket team from the 1980s to the new millennium and the tumultuous ups and downs of the team.
• Contains interviews, memoirs and recollections from senior cricketers and teammates—who had either seen him play or played with him—and well-wishers, journalists and the leading newspapers/journals of the time.
• Has a compilation of photographs which capture some of Tendulkar’s greatest moments.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From working with the police to rehabilitate victims of crime, to executing some of the biggest cricketing events organized in India in recent times, Devendra Prabhudesai has worked across sectors and handled a diverse range of responsibilities in a career spanning 19 years.
This is his sixth book and third biography. Devendra has earlier penned The Nice Guy Who Finished First: A Biography of Rahul Dravid (2005) and SMG: A Biography of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar (2009). He also holds the unique distinction of scripting documentaries on Sachin Tendulkar to mark the 100th and 200th Tests of his career, in 2002 (Television) and 2013 (Web), respectively.Devendra lives in Mumbai with his wife and two children.