Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Friday wished Ramakant Achrekar, who was his childhood coach, on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima and took his blessings

Tendulkar posted two photographs where he and Atul Ranade can be seen taking blessings from Achrekar. He captioned the photos: “Today, , is the day we remember those who have taught us to be better versions of ourselves. Achrekar Sir, I couldn’t have done all this without you. Don’t forget to thank your gurus and take their blessings. and I just did.”

Sachin was introduced to the great coach by his elder brother, Ajit at Shivaji Park. The meeting proved to be a permanent one with Achrekar Sir and Sachin Tendulkar epitomising the age-old guru-shishya relations. From taking a young Tendulkar 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.

Tendulkar, who made his international debut at the young age of 16 against Pakistan in Karachi, went on to become a legend of the sport. The right-handed batsman played 200 Test matches for India in which he scored 15,921 runs at a stupendous average of 53.78. He played 463 ODIs in which he amassed 18, 426 runs at an average of 44.83. He scored 100 international centuries (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs). He also became the first man to score 200 runs in ODIs.