Ramakant Achrekar dies: Cricket in heaven will be enriched with sir’s presence, says Tendulkar

Ramakant Achrekar dies in Mumbai: Tendulkar had revealed his brother, Ajit Tendulkar had taken him to meet “Achrekar sir” in Mumbai when he was 11 and called the meeting the biggest turning point of his career.

 

Tributes have been pouring in for Sachin Tendulkar’s childhood coach, Ramakant Achrekar, who passed away at 86 due to old-age related ailments in Mumbai on January 2.

Tendulkar, in a statement to India Today, said his late coach’s contribution to his life and career cannot be captured in words.

“Cricket in heaven will be enriched with his presence. Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar sir. Like many of his students, I learned my ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance,” Tendulkar said.

“His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on. Last month, I met Sir along with some of his students and spent some time together. We shared a laugh as we remembered the old times.

“Achrekar sir taught us the virtues of playing straight and living straight. Thank you for making us a part of your life and enriching us with your coaching manual. Well played Sir and may you coach more wherever you are.”

Ramakant Achrekar a Padma Shri and Dronacharya Awardee, competed in one first-class match. However, his biggest achievement was unearthing Sachin Tendulkar’s talent.

Tendulkar had revealed his brother, Ajit Tendulkar had taken him to meet “Achrekar sir” in Mumbai when he was 11 and called the meeting the biggest turning point of his career. During an emotional farewell speech after Test retirement in 2013, Tendulkar had revealed the role his coach played during the nascent stages of his career.

Tendulkar, who retired from all forms of international cricket in 2013, now owns almost all the batting records that were there for the taking in the game, including the highest runs in Tests (15,921) and ODIs (18,426).

 

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