Indian cricket’s biggest name, Sachin Tendulkar is known for his immense respect towards his first coach – Ramakant Achrekar. On the occasion of Guru Purnima, the biggest festival celebrated in honour of guru (mentors, teachers and in Sachin’s case, coaches), the former Indian captain wished his guru, Ramakant Sir with an old photograph from his learning days under him. Sachin tweeted – #HappyGuruPurnima to Achrekar sir and other coaches who have helped me through out (sic) my career. Your contributions have been priceless!” Guru Purnima Greetings from Indian Television: Celebs Wish Happy Guru Purnima 2017 to Their Teachers and Express the Gratitude!
The story of a young Mumbai lad becoming world cricket’s biggest cricketer is known to all of us. Sachin Tendulkar has thanked a number of people in his life for his humongous success, and one name which constantly appeared in his Thank You note is that of Ramakant Achrekar. Sachin was introduced to the great coach by his elder brother, Ajit at Shivaji Park. The meeting proved to be a permanent one with Ramakant Achrekar and Sachin Tendulkar epitomising the age old guru-shishya relations.
In the recently released documentary-drama biopic on Tendulkar’s life, Sachin: A Billion Dreams, we saw the mighty presence of Ramakant Achrekar. From taking a young Sachin to various venues across the city to get him enough practice to rewarding him with money to gorge on a famous snack, vada pav for good performance, Achrekar Sir shaped Tendulkar to become the God of Cricket. The famous cricket coach is the recipient of prestigious awards in India – Padma Shri (country’s fourth highest civilian award) in 2010 and Dronacharya Award (for Outstanding Coaches in Sports and Games) in 1990.