India media: 'Candid revelations' in Tendulkar's autobiography

Tendulkar is the only batsman who has scored 100 international centuries Tendulkar is the only batsman who has scored 100 international centuries

Papers say legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography promises to offer insight into his life as one of India's most celebrated sportspersons.

Tendulkar launched his autobiography "Playing It My Way" on Wednesday at a ceremony in Mumbai. The book will be available in stores from Thursday afternoon.

Former cricketers and Tendulkar's team mates - Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly - were present at the event and answered reporters' questions.

The "fantastic four" shared moments from their playing days and also threw light on some controversies.

"I have addressed everything. There are some funny incidents. There are some so-called controversial things also… I have sort of covered everything, including my personal life which I thought was the difficult thing for me to write," the Hindustan Times quotes Tendulkar as saying during the launch.

The former cricketers were asked to shed light on a controversy over Dravid's decision to declare the innings when Tendulkar was batting at 194 against Pakistan in Multan in 2004.

The two greats, however, "laughed it off" and put the matter to rest in a sign of bonhomie, reports said.

"On being asked on Multan declaration I once mentioned that if I get a rupee on this question, I would become a millionaire. When you have sixteen years together, which me and Sachin have had as players, there are going to be times when you will have disagreements," the NDTV website quotes Dravid as saying.

(From L to R) Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and Tendulkar were the backbone of the India batting line-up for years (From L to R) Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and Tendulkar were the backbone of India's batting line-up for years

Another controversy that shadowed the launch of the book was Tendulkar's claim that former coach Greg Chappell wanted to remove Dravid as the captain ahead of the 2007 World Cup.

Chappell's stint as the Indian team's coach was riddled with controversies, including a public fallout with Ganguly.

Tendulkar said playing under Chappell as the coach was "the worst" part of his career. He also added that the Australian's "high-handed manner…had a harmful impact on Indian cricket," the Hindustan Times reports.

'Problems' in cricket

Papers have welcomed Tendulkar's candid revelations and say the book is likely to be a hit among Indian readers.

"Given that his life comprising more than just runs and tons, one wondered what Playing It My Way would bring to the table. Make no mistake, it has more than 'One Hundred Things You Didn't Know About Sachin Tendulkar'," the DNA newspaper says.

The Asian Age too feels that "the book may give us more insights into the mind of a cricketer who was also gracious enough to admit his failures as a captain".

The paper adds that Tendulkar's autobiography may be a pointer towards the hidden problems in Indian cricket.

"He may not have spoken much when he was still playing, but Sachin's book is a timely reminder to the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] that all is not well in its world. In that sense, too, the little master may have served Indian cricket some more," the paper adds.

'Stumped'

Cricket aside, Tendulkar's wife Anjali revealed how she was "stumped" by a 17-year-old Tendulkar when she had gone to receive her mother at the airport several years ago.

"I had gone to pick my mother and then I saw him and my friend told me he is the wonder boy of Indian cricket. I told my friend, Oh! he is so cute. Then I ran after him and I forgot about my mother," the India Today website quotes Anjali as saying.

Tendulkar says his wife Anjali played a crucial part in his career Tendulkar says his wife Anjali played a crucial part in his career

Tendulkar admitted that telling his parents that he wanted to marry Anjali was "tougher than facing the most fearsome fast bowlers," the website added.

'Sleep-walker'

Tendulkar and Ganguly formed one of the most successful opening duos in ODIs and their camaraderie was visible at the event.

Ganguly gave some anecdotes about how his opening partner used to walk in his sleep.

"Sachin was a sleepwalker. He was my room-mate at the MRF pace academy. We stayed in a hotel in Mount Road, Chennai. I saw him get up and walk around the room in the dead of night and lost sleep after that," Ganguly said.

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