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Greater Than Bradman: Celebrating Sachin - The Greatest Batsman in Cricket History Kindle Edition
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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.
Not 1 Single Point was Missed. ..
A must Read for Sachin Fans & Cricket Lovers
There are challengers and there are challengers…we have always had fanboys raving about their heroes, and supporting their claims with few facts, some stories and lots of exclamation marks…this is not one of those attempts.
The author brings a sharp analytical approach, a wealth of statistics and an examination of our own definitions of greatness to shine a light of reality on the question of who is the greatest batsman of all time.
The answer to such a question is typically predetermined in our minds…we all believe in what we believe in and will not let facts stand in the way. With a refreshing dose of reality and with no hysterics or histrionics, the author makes a convincing case for Sachin Tendulkar while taking us on an entertaining journey, backing his claims with well reasoned arguments and statistics based evidence.
If you are a cricket fan of any kind, you will enjoy this. I have quibbles about the presentation format of some of the statistics, but they don’t get in the way of a fun and enlightening read.
What you'd probably not expect is the depth and the variety of angles he has used in comparing the many contexts that need to be examined. Something I now begin to see is too evident to ignore. Superbly written, and presented in a way that leaves no room for doubt about the fundamental argument, this is one heck of a book - I don't think among he other books on Sachin, there is anything as focused as this. Definitely a must read for any cricket fan, and a more so anyone who respects Sachin's greatness. One caution though - be ready for some real heavy analysis...it's not for the light reader.