The Indian cricket fraternity on Wednesday mourned the demise of Ramakant Achrekar, the celebrated cricket coach credited for discovering legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Achrekar, who had been battling old age-related ailments for the past few days, died in Mumbai. He was 87. Batting great VVS Laxman termed Achrekar as someone who gave Indian cricket its “jewel”. “My heartfelt condolences on the passing away of #RamakantAchrekar Sir, who was instrumental in giving a jewel to Indian cricket,” Laxman wrote on his Twitter handle. Also Read - ICC World Test Championship 2021: Here's What Virat Kohli-Led Team India Needs to do Qualify For Final

Expressing its condolences, the BCCI noted Achrekar’s contribution to Indian cricket. “The BCCI expresses its deepest sympathy on the passing of Dronacharya award-winning guru Shri Ramakant Achrekar,” the BCCI tweeted. Also Read - MS Dhoni Offers Prayers at Dewri Temple in Ranchi Ahead of IPL 2021, Fans Gather in Numbers to Catch Glimpse of CSK Captain | SEE PICS

“Not only did he produce great cricketers, but also trained them to be fine human beings. His contribution to Indian Cricket has been immense.” Former India pacer RP Singh also paid his homage to Achrekar. Also Read - Road Safety World Series 2021: Yusuf Pathan, R. Vinay Kumar, Naman Ojha Join India Legends Team

“Sad to know that Ramakant Achrekar sir is no more. My homage to the great soul and condolences to the family,” he tweeted.

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. Tendulkar, who is now retired, 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).

Achrekar is best known for being his childhood coach and has always been acknowledged by the celebrated right-hander for the role he played in shaping his career as a child. Tendulkar was coached by Achrekar at the Shivaji Park here.

Besides Tendulkar, he also coached some prominent players in Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe and Balwinder Singh Sandhu.

(With PTI Inputs)