India vs Australia 4th Test Sydney: Virat Kohli and Co. wore black armbands on the opening day of the fourth and final Test against Australia as a mark of respect for Sachin Tendulkar’s first coach Ramakant Achrekar who passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday.
Achrekar competed in just one first-class match in his playing career but discovered and shaped the biggest batsman in international cricket after Sir Donald Bradman in Tendulkar. Besides Tendulkar, he also coached some prominent players in Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, and Balwinder Singh Sandhu.
The Australian team also wore black armbands in respect for former Australia and New South Wales cricketer Bill Watson who passed away in December, before this Test, at the same age of 87.
Watson, a right-handed batsman, made his Test debut against England at his home ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground, in February 1955. During that match, Watson played alongside some of the all-time greats of Australian and NSW cricket including Richie Benaud, Neil Harvey, Alan Davidson, and Ray Lindwall.
Watson played four Tests for Australia in 1955 and, during a first-class career that spanned eight seasons between 1953-54 and 1960-61, he made 1,958 runs including six centuries and five fifties. He made five of his six first-class centuries for NSW.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing play of Day 1, India are at 198/3. KL Rahul again failed to live up to the expectations as he got out for just nine runs. Whereas, Mayank Agarwal’s 77-run knock, including a partnership of 116 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara, laid the foundation of India’s innings.
(With PTI Inputs)