It’s a sad day for little master, Sachin Tendulkar, as he loses one of the most important people of his life; the pillar of his career and the man who made Tendulkar the giant of cricket.
Ramakant Achrekar, Sachin Tendulkar’s coach, has died at the age of 86. Achrekar was born in 1932 and played a key role in making Tendulkar one of the greatest batsmen of this century.
Achrekar dedicated his whole life to cricket; he coached and trained young cricketers at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park in Dadar.
Besides little master, Tendulkar, Achrekar has coached many prominent cricketers including Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, and Balwinder Singh Sandu. However, Sachin became his most famous student ever. He took great pride in being a mentor to him.
The beginning of the bond
Tendulkar was introduced to Achrekar by his elder brother Ajit at Shivaji Park. Since then, the relationship only flourished.
Coach Achrekar was more of a father figure for Tendulkar and often used to reward Tendulkar with Vada Pav after a good performance.
Even after becoming “the Sachin Tendulkar”, little master never forgot to pay his gratitude to the man who made him. Time and again he showed his love and respect for his coach Ramakant Achrekar.
Tendulkar making history
Tendulkar went on making his coach and country proud on many levels. Whether international or domestic, Tendulkar continued to stun the world with his extraordinary talent.
Sachin who debuted in 1989, became the first man to score 100 international hundreds and an ODI double hundred. He is also the only cricketer to play 200 Test matches.
Whether test or ODI, Tendulkar always gave India a great start, he was the backbone of the team.
The legend who has scored 34357 runs, the most by any batsman, owed his cricketing success to Achrekar, who he considered to be his guru.
Reaction to Achrekar’s death
Many expressed great sorrow over the demise of the devoted coach, Ramakant Achrekar. Vinod Kambli, Rohit Sharma, VVS Laxman, Amir Khan, Mohammad Kaif and many others paid their respect to the icon of India.
Many tweeted as well to express their feelings for the coach.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 2, 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 2, 2019
The BCCI expresses its deepest sympathy on the passing of Dronacharya award-winning guru Shri Ramakant Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers, but also trained them to be fine human beings. His contribution to Indian Cricket has been immense. pic.twitter.com/mK0nQODo6b
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 2, 2019
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