As a Sachin fan, I was eager to lay my hands on this book. I knew he was a special batsman, a legend, a player sent by God to play cricket and leave but to challenge the 'grand daddy' of cricket, Don Bradman was preposterous in many others view and even seemed dubious to me. I too grew up learning about the hallowed 99.94 figure. When I purchased this book it was more out of hope than conviction. I expected the book to highlight the numerous classy knocks of his career but what I saw surprised me.
There's a quote in the book by Charles Lindbergh which says that greatness is not measured by what one achieves but by the resistance one faces and the fortitude one displays in defeating those odds.
We all know very well about the Little Master's 24 year old career. It is well chronicled. But how well do well know about Bradman's career? Can any of us actually say anything beyond 99.94?
I must appreciate the author for painstakingly bringing together hitherto unseen statistics of Bradman, his team and rivals. I came to understand the cricketing milieu of Don's period. The author takes a closer look at Bradman because well......he seems much more obscure to our eyes than Sachin.
Well, the book does have minor glitches.For example in some columns, the figures are mentioned to have been shown as of 6/1/11 but the data is shown for 23 or 24 years. A few statistical and grammatical errors are visible but they may be overlooked.
Overall I like the calm writing of R.L Fernandez. It does not force nor plead. It just tells us the facts. Its up to you to decide.
Sachin is not a god as deified by many but we celebrate human victory over struggle.
I felt a tinge of sadness after reading the last page. Grab a copy to read about one of the bravest attempts to demystify one of biggest myths in cricketing history.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1501 KB
- Print Length: 214 pages
- Publisher: CinnamonTeal Publishing (11 February 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IKC8LJW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,703,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)