New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar's much-awaited autobiography 'Playing It My Way' was launched on Wednesday in the presence of some of his former teammates, celebrities and family members at an engrossing ceremony in Mumbai.
Before the launch of the book, cricket analyst and host for the evening Harsha Bhogle had three panel discussion sessions with Tendulkar's former teammates and family, who significantly feature in the book.
The first panel discussion was attended by former India captains Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri and former Mumbai cricketer Vasu Paranjape, who played a crucial role in shaping Tendulkar's career.
Tendulkar's former teammates Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman also shared their experience of playing for India with the master.
Here are some of the most interesting quotes from the event:
I would like to present the first copy after launch to somebody very special in my life: Sachin Tendulkar said before handing over a copy of the book to a wheelchair-bound Ramakant Achrekar.
Then I told (Mumbai) selectors we should pick him at least in the 15 but in the next three days he didn't come for practice. I was a bit livid with him. I told Vasu (Paranjape) to ask him the reason and he said I had an exam: Dilip Vengsarkar
I was witnessing someone just 18 was over to become the first overseas player to score a 100 in Australia. Tendulkar's Sydney innings was strokeplay of the highest order: Ravi Shastri on Tendulkar's 148 not out in Sydney Cricket Ground
He (Sachin) was there with Star cricket Club and I was also there in England my dad called me when Indian team was playing. He wanted me to meet the boy who had scored a century but I said I don't want to meet this boy, I am not interested in cricket. Maybe if I had met, I would have chased him when he was 15: Anjali Tendulkar
You want a good frame of mind while batting, representing the country. If you don’t enjoy, you won’t play well. The year 2006 was the toughest for me as far as dressing room is concerned: VVS Laxman on Greg Chappel's tenure
We conversed in lot of languages. We conversed a lot in Marathi. You didn’t need to chat with him (Sachin) once you batted with him for a long time: Rahul Dravid
I saw him first time in Indore for under 15 camp. What struck me was how much he wanted to play. Vasu (Paranjape) had to take him out of the nets. I remember he scored a century in an under 17 game at Kanpur, he was batting with a very heavy bat: Sourav Ganguly
He was batting at the Wankhede nets against Raju Kulkarni, who was a very slippery customer. In the nets you don't really think about no balls and Raju was doing the same. But the manner in which Sachin was punching the ball off the backfoot towards mid-off and mid-on that impressed me: Sunil Gavaskar
With agency inputs