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Playing It My Way: My Autobiography

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  8,685 ratings  ·  659 reviews
"I’m delighted that my autobiography #PlayingitMyWay will be published on November 6, this year.

I knew that agreeing to write my story would need me to be completely honest, as that’s the way I have always played the game. It would require talking about a number of aspects I have not shared in public before.

So here I am, at the end of my final innings, having taken that
Hardcover, 486 pages
Published November 6th 2014 by Hachette
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Gorab Jain Off course yes! Is this question worth asking? :)
A Man Called Ove I loved "Sunny Days", "One Day Wonders", "Runs n Ruins" by Sunil Gavaskar. I liked "Imperfect" by Sanjay Manjrekar too.
There are 2 books by cricinfo…more
I loved "Sunny Days", "One Day Wonders", "Runs n Ruins" by Sunil Gavaskar. I liked "Imperfect" by Sanjay Manjrekar too.
There are 2 books by cricinfo in which commentators and players have written on Dravid in "Timeless steel" and Tendulkar in "The Man cricket loved back". Both were very good.
If you are looking for collections of profiles - "Idols" by Gavaskar and "Democracy's XI" by Rajdeep Sardesai were very good.

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Amit Mishra
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a great experience reading the book! The journey of the master batsman revisited by non other than himself!
Hajarath Prasad Abburu
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There was cricket before you. And there will be cricket after you. But cricket will never be the same without you.
This book is not for the passionate Sachin fan, because most would themselves be able to write about 90% of the book. I know I could.

All the Tendulkar moments are there: the Ranji centuries, the Waqar bouncer, the maiden century, the Australia tours, opening in ODIs, the world cups, the five-wicket hauls, the Sharjah twins, the Chennai 136, Sydney 241, Multan, the Gwalior 200, the umpiring howlers, the partnerships, the sixes and the triumphs. As are the stories and anecdotes: multiple matches
Alok Mishra
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Was one of the very 'first-few' readers of this book in the locality! The book takes you down in the memory lane and brings you back to the exit door from where the master batsman got out of the cricket ground... All those who are crying foul and even complaining about 'cash' that the book might bring, forgot that the 100% share of royalty would go to Apanalaya, an organisation which cares for the orphan children!
It's too easy sitting home and complaining about a person who has given his life
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have never found myself in tears after finishing a book. But Playing it My Way did bring back all the memories all the affection I had felt for this man ever since 1992 - that's when I started watching cricket. I have worshipped him from that time as a hero as a great player as a great human being and as a God. By the end of this book it only makes me feel proud of my idol my hero. A must read for every one. You will be touched with his humbleness humility and the honesty with which the book ...more
shashank sourabh
Nov 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
A big disappointment,apart from few anecdotes almost everything is yawn-inducing.I was expecting more substance and fewer scorecards .Hardly anything is said about the crisis of match -fixing despite Sachin having ringside seat in Indian cricket .This book needed more time,thought and a much better ghost-writer.What could've been a contemporary analysis of modern cricket has been reduced to a dumbed down 'eulogy ' to milk the cash cow that Sachin's name is .Unfortunate .
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A little heads-up It’s not just a book review but a lot of my emotions and ideas and dreams put along , so if you want to read only the book specific part skip to 4th part :)



15th November 1989 – A boy of 16 year entered a sporting arena for the first time
15th November 2013 – He left that arena after his final act

As they say, He came he conquered and he left. He didn’t only conquer the sporting arena but much beyond that. He is the protagonist of this book. 28 years of Sachinism

The Boy
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Skimmed through this book. Skimmed because reading it all is impossible. The obsession with numbers and personal milestones is palpable and makes for boring reading. The title is telling.

Devotes entire chapters to the hundredth hundred, even having a Deewar like monologue with God when he does it (yes he is literally mad at God for making him wait so long for a made up statistic). Takes no blame for having lost India the match and series on account of his selfish play. Instead blames people for
Nayema Lipi
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is not only a great cricketer, but also a great man.
The book is nicely written, describing his cricket life and also his personal life. He described every matches, he played in his 24 years cricket career.He has told in this book about his childhood,how he started playing cricket,how he passed his hard times, how he handled a particular Bowler as a batsman and a particular batsman as a bowler, some memorable incidents in cricket. How he fought to come back in his every
Gorab Jain
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, indian
This is the Bible of cricket, written by none other than God himself. Must read for all the cricket lovers. Even for those who are not very familiar with the game of cricket, it is an inspiring story of how Sachin overcame all the failures and hardships before becoming an indispensable part of the Indian cricket team.
It is an in depth technical analysis of all the matches SRT has ever played, what was going through his mind, how strategies were formed and how by acute observation the course of
Satheesh Kumar
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honest and From the heart

The best thing about this book is the complete frankness with which the entire thing is written. For a Sachin fan who is used to politically correct statements from the great man throughout his entire career, it is a pleasant surprise, and it makes for a really entertaining read.
At the beginning of the book Sachin says "I knew that if I agreed to write my story, I would have to be completely honest". And that is exactly what he's done in the book. He calls a spade a
Shahine Ardeshir
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to admit huge personal bias upfront: I grew up watching Sachin Tendulkar play cricket, and have tremendous respect for the way he's conducted himself as a player on the field and as a person off it. So I picked up this book expecting to love it.

And I wasn't disappointed!

Many autobiographies tend to be rather indulgent. Suddenly, there are pages upon pages describing personal details that are neither interesting nor relevant as such, some of which are better reserved for a therapy
Salil Kanitkar
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: english, 2014
Sachin's career is phenomenally great - but the book - not so much.

There are too many statistics and match summaries.
There were a few chapters I literally felt goosebumps while reading - but that was probably because I could picture the match and how it all went down rather than the prose.
All in all very unimaginative prose and a factual book. Honestly, this is more like a textbook or a Wikipedia page.

The book does not mention or just barely skims through the "controversial" aspects that I would
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Growing up with this legend, seeing his play, anticipating every stroke of his and his eventual turn of importance to Indian cricket is immeasurable. A gifted legend to the sport in every possible way and inspiration to millions over.

However, the book slightly disappoints as it bisects the way his career flourished. Family importance and support is important but it is a bit too highlighted. The way he achieved it via his own language and cricket language as advice would have been more
Bandita Verma
Dec 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
No doubt Sachin is one the greatest batsman the country has but the book disappointed in many ways..first of all match by match summary made it look like a report ..with no mention of anything interesting other than how many runs were made to who was playing which country and stuff like that ... secondly the narrative style is absolutely boring .. at one point of time it feels you have to just skip pages to reach something that would give an insight to cricket world... the use of I is more than ...more
Anoop K
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am deeply disappointed with the book after its promising start. The book is just a statement of facts about Sachin's life, and gives no insight into the person, his thought process, his trials and tribulations. I must admit that I never went beyond Sachin's first term as captaincy since the book had by then been reduced to a set of match records.

The book begins on a very strong note with the following quote from Sachin's father:

"‘Son, life is like a book. It has numerous chapters. It also
Aniket Sharma
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The four star rating is pretty much solely due to that it is a Sachin book by Sachin Himself. The book as such reads like a Journal - mostly a running commentary of matches (although important, key matches) and gets monotonous after a while. That is something, since all the matches mentioned are very key matches in Sachin's career and for any fan of Indian cricket, they hold considerable interest.

Sachin's relations within his family, especially with his kids, with teammates, and the food He had
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Playing It My Way: My Autobiography by Sachin Tendulkar, and co-authored by renowned cricket historian and media personality Boria Majumdar is the much-awaited official autobiography of cricket’s batting icon Sachin Tendulkar. Fans of the master-blaster are treated to delightful strokes of not the bat but the pen as the batting legend discussed all aspects of his life that have not been shared previously.

Beginning with his childhood, the memoir is a journey through the life of Sachin through
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
If you are Sachin Tendulkar fan as indeed most of us are - would of course, suggest this as a book to be read. It has good matter on his early playing days and remarkable commitment to the game over a remarkable and long career. There are details on virtually all major tournaments and big knocks. There are many touching passages when Sachin talks about his family, his grief at his father's demise, well wishes of family and friends, wife Anjali's sacrifices to ensure he can concentrate on his ...more
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read with low expectations n you will love it!
it is not for the ones who were expecting huge revelations by Sachin in his autobiography.. but isnt it wrong to expect out of sachin who has always maintained a safe distance from the controversies..? It is for true Sachin fans who anyways remember Sachin's achievements n disappointments but would cherish them again coming straight from the master himself..
By the time I finished..I was as choked as I was when I heard his farewell speech for the
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
High on nostalgia.
But has only around 50 pages of fascinating stuff that we don't know already. Way too many pedestrian match summaries (like Gavaskar's Sunny Days). Lousy descriptions of people. Writing style amateurish and leaves a lot to be desired - really wish someone like Bhogle had co-authored.
Still a page turner, like a patchy Sachin innings where we hang on to his every move no matter what - coz we can't have enough of him. Ever.
Over to YouTube now :)
Mithraa Sriraman
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Disappointed. Pales in comparison to out of my comfort zone.
Raksha Bhat
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My one and only favourite sports autobiography ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
As a fairly crazy Tendulkar fan, I'd been meaning to read this book for a while but was slightly concerned about the size of the book as well as the lukewarm reviews I'd been seeing.

Turns out that the concerns were not misplaced. While I loved Sachin's fairly straightforward first-person intimate style of writing, it was interesting for about the first 50-100 pages where he spoke about his childhood and growing up and learning. What really started to bug me a little though, pretty soon, was his
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I will start with the positives - which are few. The chapter on Anjali is a delight. We see more behind the shy Sachin and it’s a breezy read more so because we don’t know much about it. The chapter on his captaincy has some good insights. His move to bowl Srinath on a ‘crumbling wicket’ when he had the options of 3 spinners against a strong SA team chasing 120 is a wonderful passage. So is his backing of Robin Singh, the move to shift Dravid and Ganguly to 3 and 5 respectively, the angst ...more
Nishit Ganatra
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think unintentionally I was saving my first review on goodreads for this book. This is not just a book but a life of a great man. No book can sum up an entire journey of 24 years of a life in less than 500 pages. Nevertheless, this book made me nostalgic about how my childhood days were spent seeing this great man on TV. The career of Sachin speaks for itself and none of my words will do justice appreciating him. Hence I will talk anything but his career in this review.
It is wonderful how
Deepak Gopalakrishnan
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sachin's autobiography, probably the most anticipated book in India in the last few years, is not groundbreaking, it's not overly controversial and doesn't tell us anything new about the legend who has been the subject of so much media exposure in the last two decades.

Despite that, PIMW is a lovely read. It's not so much an autobiography as much as a first person chronology of his career. Which by itself is fascinating, because we've heard these stories so many times before, it's interesting to
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Must read for the cricket fan! All Indian cricket fans have followed Sachin Tendulkar's cricket over the past half century. I distinctly remember that Pakistan debut series especially the match where Sachin took on Abdul Qadir after his "hamko maarke dikhao" taunt. I've followed Sachin's career along the hills and vales (more hills and less vales, but hills are only possible because of the vales).

From my perspective, the book offers a lot of insights into those hills and vales; and talks through
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Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all time.
“If you remain humble, people will give you love and respect even after you have finished with the game. As a parent, I would be happier hearing people say, “Sachin is a good human being” than “Sachin is a great cricketer” any day.” 12 likes
“Son, life is like a book. It has numerous chapters. It also has many a lesson in it. It is made up of a wide variety of experiences and resembles a pendulum where success and failure, joy and sorrow are merely extremes of the central reality. The lessons to be learnt from success and failure are equally important. More often than not, failure and sorrow are bigger teachers than success and happiness.” 6 likes
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