Sachin Tendulkar is far from being just an Indian cricketing obsession. His talents and persona have won admirers the world over during his 20 year stint at the top of the game. Adam Carroll-Smith’s first book, Chasing Sachin, is about his own boyhood idolisation of the Little Master that led him to try and track down his hero during India’s tour of England this year.
Carroll-Smith charts his own love of the game through the wonders of Tendulkar. It was as a 12 year old watching cricket with a friend that he fell in love with the sport and its premier batsman.
From pretending to be one of the of the foremost bowlers in the world at that time (i.e not Ronnie Irani) in his backyard against his friend, Rosh pretending to be Tendulkar, Carroll-Smith had the inspired idea many moons later to try and actually bowl at the man himself.
The adventure takes him from Northampton to Somerset to Lord’s and to the Oval, among many other destinations, in search of India’s hero. Contacts are forged at the BCCI, among agents and with sponsors; all in search of the opportunity to bowl one ball at Sachin Tendulkar.
Not just one ball, however, since Carroll-Smith is on a mission to actually clean bowl a man with a Test average of 56.02 with his one delivery. And he’s not a very good cricketer.
Inspiration is drawn from ex Ireland international Roger Whelan (a decent cricketer, obviously), who played two ODIs for the Emerald Isle and took two wickets – one of which was none other than Tendulkar, with only his third ball. If you’re luck’s in, then why not be able to bowl him with just one delivery?
Chasing Sachin takes in much more than just cricket as Carroll-Smith’s amusing adventure takes many twists and turns at the behest of people he has never met and doesn’t know.
Did he manage to achieve his goal of getting his opportunity to deliver one solitary ball to Sachin? Well, that would be spoiling things if I let you know! Instead, you can win a copy right here with The Cricket Blog and find out for yourself.
We have two copies of Chasing Sachin to give away. An excellent book for any cricket fan in time for Christmas, we thoroughly recommend it.
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