The bond between ‘God of Cricket’ – Sachin Tendulkar and his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar is well-documented and has been spoken in detail about in the past. Cricket fans around the world understand the love and respect ‘Master Blaster’ has always paid to his childhood coach and guru – Ramakant Achrekar. On Wednesday, the 86-year old Achrekar sir took his last breath in Mumbai. ‘Achrekar Sir’ as he is fondly known, was the man who shaped the career of not only Tendulkar but of also some of the renowned names in the cricket world. Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, and Balwinder Singh Sandhu are some of the other Indian cricket stalwarts who learned the nitty-gritty’s under the tutelage of Achrekar sir.Also Read - Ganguly, Dravid Never Won a World Cup...: Ravi Shastri Slams Critics of Virat Kohli | Watch VIDEO
“Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of (Ramakant) Achrekar sir,” said Tendulkar with a heavy heart. Also Read - Sachin Tendulkar: The Cost of Little Master's Hundred International Centuries
“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,” he said in a statement. The iconic cricketer, who is now retired, has been quite vocal about the coach’s contribution in shaping him. As a player, Achrekar competed in just one first-class match but was instrumental in moulding Tendulkar as a child, often driving him to stadiums on his scooter. Also Read - Virat Kohli and India's Troubles: The Deep Blues of the Retro Jersey
“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,” Tendulkar signed off.
The who’s who of cricket fraternity also paid tributes to sir Ramakant Achrekar after his death on Wednesday.