New Delhi: When news first came out that a new book on Sachin Tendulkar was to have the master batsman’s blood in it, the cricketing world did not quite know how to react, eventually settling for terming the act ‘bizarre’ but laudable, since it was for a charitable cause.
However, the person most shocked by the news is quite possibly Sachin Tendulkar himself.
Tendulkar, who was not aware of the uproar created by the claims of the publisher of ‘Tendulkar Opus’, denied all such reports on Friday.
‘There is no truth in my blood being part of the book. It is basically a photographic publication and is not an autobiography or biography,’ he was quoted saying by the Times Of India.
Tendulkar, who has been busy with the Test series against Sri Lanka said: ‘I understand this information came out during the Test match. As I was focusing on the game, I only got to hear about it on Thursday. There is no truth in my blood being part of the book. The book is basically a photographic publication that celebrates my life and is not an autobiography or a biography.’
When reports had first emerged of the act, Karl Fowler of Kraken Media – the publishers of the book – was reported to have said that the signature page of the book would be ‘a mix of Tendulkar’s blood and pulp.’