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Sachin releases Khalid Ansari's book

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Mumbai, May 2 (UNI) Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar today released the book 'Cricket at Fever Pitch' penned by veteran journalist Khalid A H Ansari at a function held at the Cricket Club of India here.

The book, published by Popular Prakashan, is a compilation of articles written by Mr Ansari. The book, which has a foreword by Sunil Gavaskar, emcapsulates the passing parade of Indian cricket from 1968 to 2005.

It is also a kaleidoscope of the highs and lows, character angels and demons of international cricket.

The author presents an insider's dressing-room view of the memorable matches, personalities and events in India and abroad.

Speaking after releasing the book, Tendulkar said that it was an honour for him to release the book.

He said that it was special to read Mr Ansari's articles, who through his terrific peripheral vision, had been able to provide the insights.

''I am sure this book would soon become a collector's item,'' Tendulkar added.

The real little master Sunil Gavaskar, speaking on the occasion, said that ''since I met Mr Ansari in 1971 we have been great friends.'' ''I also had the pleasure of being the editor of the 'Sportsweek' magazine in the 80s and we had a great time and came up with some brilliant issues,'' Gavaskar remembered.

Gavaskar added that when he started the CHAMPS Foundation to help the needy sportsmen, there were only two names which he thought of for as trustees for their intergrity -- one was Khalid Ansari and the other was Nana Chudasama.

Mr Ansari, speaking of his experiences on writing the book, said that it was his close friend the late Dr Rafiq Zakaria made him write this book.

''Since I had always resisted writing an autobiography because I thought it was an act of supreme egotism, Dr Zakaria prevailed upon me to write a book as I owed it to the future generations,'' he recounted.

''The book, therefore, is a collection of my articles over the last 40 years and it records some milestones in the rich history of the Indian cricket and I hope it will entertain and inform,'' he said.

Former President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Raj Singh Dungarpur, Popular Prakashan Publisher Harsha Hatkar and commentator Harsha Bhogle also spoke on the occasion.

Former cricketers like Dilip Vengsarkar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Dilip Sardesai, Polly Umrigar and Bapu Nadkarni were also present on the occasion.

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