Sanjay Manjrekar retired from international cricket at 32    Getty Images
Sanjay Manjrekar retired from international cricket at 32 Getty Images

Sanjay Manjrekar is all set to release his autobiography on December 25, 2017. Manjrekar’s book is titled ‘Imperfect.’ The Mumbai stalwart expressed his elation on Twitter as he wrote, “Absolutely thrilled to finally present my book – IMPERFECT. It is Sanjay Manjrekar the analyst on Sanjay Manjrekar the cricketer & person.”

The publishers for the book is Harper Collins, and the copies can be pre-ordered on Amazon. The book is about Manjrekar, his cricket career and his life. It captures his journey from Mumbai dusty maidans to conquering combative bowling. It also delves deep into his relationship with his father Vijay, also a former Indian cricketer, and the effects of his personality in young Sanjay’s game.

The description of the book in Amazon states, “He comments on the complex equations with the India greats with whom he shared the dressing room, and on the lessons learnt from his opponents. He also reveals his own excruciating obsession with batting technique, the quest for perfection, and the battle to shake off his mental shackles. Imperfect sets a new standard for cricket writing in India, with significant life lessons even for those who are not cricket fans.”

More renowned as a cricket analyst, Manjrekar, who retired from international cricket at 32, played for India in between 1987 and 1996. The arrival of Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman to join Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin in India’s middle-order saw the him fade to the oblivion.

All of Manjrekar’s 4 Test hundreds came overseas (in Bridgetown, Karachi, Lahore and Harare). His superb show on the 1989-90 tour of Pakistan had once made pundits single him out as Sunil Gavaskar’s worthy successor. He was known for his technique and was an occasional wicketkeeper, but scored a scintillating 105 in an ODI against a strong South African attack in 1991-92. He played in two World Cups (1992 and 1996) for India, and also captained Mumbai to a Ranji Trophy win.