Sachin Tendulkar’s coach Ramakant Achrekar passes away

Mumbai: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s coach Ramakant Achrekar passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday. He was 87.

According to his family members the Dronacharya awardee cricket coach passed away owing to old-age related ailments.

Achrekar is best known for being the childhood coach of Tendulkar, who has always acknowledged the former as his mentor.

“Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar sir. Like many of his students, I learnt my ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance. His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on,” said Sachin as quoted by ANI while
expressing his deep grief over the death of his mentor.

Achrekar had also coached several young cricketers at Shivaji Park in Dadar, Mumbai. Though he has played only a solitary first-class game, rose to prominence in the 1980s when several of his students made names in Mumbai’s local cricket. Apart from Tendulkar, his students like Vinod Kambli and Ajit Agarkar went on to play more than 100 international matches for India.

Achrekar was awarded the Padma Shri – the fourth highest civilian honour in India – for his contribution to Indian cricket.

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