A per­fec­tion­ist. A teacher. An art col­lec­tor. A glimpse into the Mas­ter’s life through ex­clu­sive photographs.


MARCH 17, 2012 DHAKA For the Record

Sachin looks ec­static and ex­hausted in equal mea­sure just hours af­ter he scored his 100th in­ter­na­tional hun­dred, a relief af­ter 12 months of wait­ing. Be­fore he reached his room, No. 723, at the Pan Pa­cific Ho­tel, the team man­age­ment ar­ranged for a cake and dec­o­rated the room with bal­loons.

"I am hu­man and it is dif­fi­cult to stay in­su­lated from all the talk around you. I’m glad it is done fi­nally,”

DE­CEM­BER 2011 MUM­BAI Mas­ter Crafts­man

On the eve of a match, it is near im­pos­si­ble to find Sachin not do­ing some­thing with his bat. Here, he puts fi­nal touches to his wil­low. He has in his home each of the bats he has scored an in­ter­na­tional hun­dred with.

"At least with me, the match starts much, much ear­lier than the ac­tual match.”

On his prepa­ra­tion


Role Model

Af­ter watch­ing from the side­lines as Ar­jun got coach­ing lessons at the Eal­ing Cricket Club, Sachin re­alised his son’s bal­ance was not right when he was try­ing to come for­ward. The coaches also turned stu­dents as they got a free bat­ting les­son.

he said later, at the Dhaka Pan Pa­cific Ho­tel

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