Cricket fraternity pays tribute to Ramakant Achrekar as he passes away

awardee cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who is credited with shaping the early
career of Sachin Tendulkar, died Wednesday. He was 87 and a family member told
PTI that he passed away owing to old-age related ailments. “He (Archrekar Sir)
is no more with us. He passed away this evening,” his kin Rashmi Dalvi told PTI
over phone.

Best known for
being the childhood coach of Tendulkar, who has always acknowledged him as his
mentor, Achrekar was also a Padmashri awardee. Besides Tendulkar, he also
coached some prominent players in Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe and
Balwinder Singh Sandhu. Ramakant Achrekar won Padma Shri award in 2010, in the
same year, he was bestowed with the “Lifetime Achievement” by Sports
Illustrated as well.

Here is the reaction
of Cricket fraternity

Earlier in an
interview with a News agency Sachin Tendulkar shared an incident where he was
scolded by his coach for not participating in a cricket match. “And our
coach Ramakant Achrekar sir had organised a practice match for me. He had told
me to go there after school and bat at number four. He said he had spoken to
the captain and you would not need to field. That used to be my training. That
was important because you needed to figure out your game there and figure out
how to score runs in the middle,” he said.

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