Excerpts from remarks by Dr R K Raghavan (former Director of the CBI, India & avid cricket commentator) at a discussion on the book 'Greater than Bradman' hosted by the Madras Book Club on Tuesday 21 April 2015, the week of Sachin's birthday
It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most enjoyable books on cricket I have ever read.
Rudolph wishes to set right the injustice done to Sachin. You may be amused with his obsession. You may consider him crazy. But you will quickly reverse your judgement once you start reading this book. He builds his case assiduously, brick by brick. He cannot therefore be dismissed as being irrational or flippant. He quotes mind-boggling statistics in presenting his case.
An unputdownable book that will soon be recognized as a gem in the crown of cricket literature. I earnestly appeal to Rudolph to keep writing and to write on contentious subjects in the field of cricket, for which there will ever be an audience all over the world.
“Statistics apart, what strikes one is the elegant and easy style of writing that makes it a joy read.........a must-read for the devoted follower of the game.” – P M Bellliappa, The Hindu
“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.” – Sivakumar Natarajan, amazon.in
“Here is a book that tells you why Sachin deserves a title greater than the Bharat Ratna. Rudolph has come up with a book as stunning as a typical Sachin innings.....the most insightful account of Sachin’s career not only because it proves Sachin is the greatest batsman but also because it demolishes much of the mythology around Don Bradman. What is unique about Rudolph’s research is its remarkable simplicity and accessibility. In a prose impassioned with stirring metaphors and revealing statistics, Fernandez makes the strongest ever case for Sachin.” – Abhiram Ghadyalpatil in Swarajyamag
“As a Sachin fan, I was eager to lay my hands on this book. I knew he was a special batsman.....but to challenge the 'grand daddy' of cricket, Don Bradman was preposterous in many others view and even seemed dubious to me. I too grew up learning about the hallowed 99.94 figure. When I purchased this book it was more out of hope than conviction. I expected the book to highlight the numerous classy knocks of his career but what I saw surprised me. Grab a copy.......one of the bravest attempts to demystify one of (the) biggest myths in cricketing history.” – Joel, amazon.in
“A thoroughly well-researched and eloquent defence of Sachin as the greatest batsman, this book will have you cheering Tendulkar on the louder if you're already a fan --- or sitting up and taking serious note if you're not.” – Sudarshan Kumar, flipkart.com
“One of the finest books written about Sachin Tendulkar.” – Satya Vara Prasad Kandepaneni, amazon.in
“.....an eye opener about the injustice done to Sachin. Thanks to Fernandez for compiling the facts and statistics so that we can take a fresh look at Sachin’s record and grant him his true place in history as the greatest batsman ever.” – Asohan Srikarunyan, flipkart.com
In the Press
Greater than Bradman