Perfect book for people who followed cricket from late 80s....... A very sincere and honest attempt by a cricketer who should have accomplished more than he did with his technical expertise (He tells what went wrong in the book to great detail). The book is lot more than just cricket it gives a great hindsight on life of not only Sanjay but most of people who grew up in a same time (in some way or the other). I have never come across such a honest biography in a long long time from a cricketer..... A great way to spend 1-2 days if one is a cricket fan an d grew up in early 90s
This is a very Honest autobiography where Ex cricketer & now a commentator Mr Manjrekar has not only described his success & failures but he has also bothered to describe his relationship with his father, mother , ex India team mates , co commentators etc.
This book is definitely a compelling read and is highly recommended to cricket lovers across the globe, especially to all the cricket fans who followed Indian cricket in mid 90's .
The book is divided into three parts - his childhood and early cricketing experience, his days as an international cricketer and decline, and his successful post-retirement career as a commentator. Manjrekar is brutally honest when it comes to analysing his shortcomings and recounting mistakes he has made. However, he is reserved and somewhat hesitant when he talks about his colleagues and other people he met all through his career. Yet it's not the absence of scandalous material that is the problem. I somehow expected more detailed descriptions of playing at the highest level. Having said that, there is enough there for people like me who grew up watching cricket from the late 80s. Worth a read!
For some reasons, one wants certain individuals to do well. For me, Sanjay Manjrekar is one of them (Vinod Kambli, the other). I felt the pain when they didn't do as well as they should have. My guess is that the cricket environment of the 90s gave very little chance to guys like Sanjay to stay on top But it is great to read that Sanjay has overcome the bitterness. For me, that is the takeway. One criticism - at times, I felt Sanjay has overdone "it was all my fault" tone. Not sure what to read into that.
Also I noted the conscious effort to give both sides of the vilified people (Azhar for example and as I write this, Sanjay is one of the first Indians to forgive Steve Smith). Great book to read.
Side notes: I read thru half the book and then noticed title was not "I'm Perfect". Once I saw Sanjay's photo...there was no chance i would have read the yext below as "Imperfect" Noticed that Vengsarkar did the publication. My test for "right /wrong" in Indian cricket is which side Vengsarkar is on.
A rather surprising book, but makes for a good read. Manjrekar writes a no-holds barred autobiography, where he doesn't spare anyone, including his father and himself. The prose is good, though not flowing. Clearly, unlike most sports-persons, this has not been ghost written. The title is justified by him, when he describes his endless quest for perfection that became an obsession and brought a premature end to a career that had so much promise. He did achieve a lot on the cricket fields, but he could have done much more. Only after retiring from all forms of cricket and reinventing himself as a commentator and program host on television, he seems to have come to terms and accepted himself, warts and all. His description of the bitter North zone - West zone rivalry, the lack of camaraderie, the clash of cultures that went on behind the scenes was revealing. We the spectators can only speculate, but reading about all this is fascinating as he gives us a ringside view of all that happens in the dressing rooms of the cricket stadiums He manages to tell his story well, shooting from the hip, political correctness be damned! Loved it all the more for that. This is a must read for those like me who followed the game from the seventies onward
Somehow I just don't understand all those who find Sanjay Manjrekar's commentary unbearable or obnoxious. I have always found him very knowledgeable, straight and sharp with his analysis. I actually look forward to hearing him speak. In a similar vein, I found his autobiography very readable. It's actually quite different from all the rest that one has read. Unlike others, he has no qualms about accepting weaknesses. He's happy talking about his mistakes and problems with his work and craft. Found him genuinely sincere and very insightful. It's a great book for you if you are interested in reading the life story of a cricketer who's never been afraid to speak his mind.
“Why can’t this Indian team ever win” was one question that haunted every Indian cricket fan who grew up following cricket in late eighties and early nineties.” The book provides good answers to that question. Sanjay provides an honest account of his cricketing journey, the highs and the lows through many interesting anecdotes which provide profound insights in the great and not so great minds who played the game.
The chapters about the West Indies team and the Pakistan team are the most enjoyable. The author’s narration of some his interactions with the West Indies greats in the chapter ‘Calypso Magic’ are touching. This kind of guidance and encouragement from a rival team seems like a distant possibility in today’s era of sledging and winning at all costs. Sanjay paints Imran Khan as a hero. He praises his leadership skills and raw passion for the game. It is also heartening to know that outside the boundary rope the Indian and Pakistan players shared a good camaraderie. The chapter on Mumbai cricket is also quite enjoyable whereas the depiction of rivalry between the North Zone and the West Zone is upsetting.
Sanjay also provides some good explanation about why India lost the semi-final against Sri Lanka. I have to totally hand it over to Sanjay here, as an Indian cricket fan I could not get over the euphoria of beating Pakistan in the quarterfinal let alone the bliss and excitement the players must have felt after the victory.
To me the book provides a fairly honest portrayal of the complex game through an equally complex analytical mind who played it. If you love the game then this book is highly recommended.
Truly a touching life story , being a cancerian born on 12 July , a more perfectionist in his life and cricket. Mixed culture of Mumbai and Mangalores discipline, more focused towards is sport made him what he is today. But being perfectionist nobody likes perfection in country like India, were cricket is passion for millions. Had he played for west indies or England he would played few more tests and tons to his feathers.
An incisive and honest view of his cricketing journey. Sanjay's writing is fluent and simple. While he remains honest and seems to have made peace with his imperfect career, his disappointment can be felt, despite his best attempts to hide it. The best section, though is the last chapter on his commentating years, and his views on his fellow commentators- Tony Greig, Ian Chappel, Nasser Hussain, Mike Atherton, Michael Holding and others. He didn't say much on Harsha Bhogle except for a few cursory lines. He could, and should have said more in appreciation of a natural commentator. And, likewise on other Indian commentators, notably Gavaskar, who was perhaps the first and showed the way for others, including Sanjay. Maybe by saying little, he is actually conveying something significant. Sanjay has a long way to go to be counted among the best commentators (and he may consider taking a leaf out of Chappeli and talk less).. But, as a writer and singer he has indeed done well and this book and his Rabindra Sangeet, aren't' imperfect.
Brutally honest and candid about his own successes and failures, Sanjay Manjrekar has done something which a lot of sportspersons do not do. His analysis of his game and his increasingly desperate and ultimately futile attempts to fix what he believed was his perfect natural game is a reminder of two things: first there is nothing wrong in getting your hands dirty to achieve your ultimate objectives which in Sanjay's case was to score big runs and secondly that the price you pay to achieve or attempt to achieve your goals can take a heavy toll of you, your family and your friends. A well written book which deals with the insecurity of being a sportsperson and indeed a human being, this book is a must read for Indian cricket fans.