Sachin Tendulkar's coach Ramakant Achrekar Sir passes away at 87
Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's coach Ramakant Achrekar, has died aged 87. Born in 1932, Achrekar played a key role in shaping Tendulkar as a top class batsman. Achrekar was respected and looked up to by many quarters of the cricket fraternity. He trained young cricketers at Mumbai's Shivaji Park in Dadar. He breathed his last at his Mumbai residence at 6.30 PM IST.
Achrekar was honored with Dronacharya, Padma Shri awards
Tendulkar always looked up to Achrekar and reports state that during every Teacher's Day, he used to meet him and pay his respect. In 1990, the celebrated coach was honored with the Dronacharya Award for Outstanding coaches in Sports and Games. Achrekar was also conferred with Padma Shri in 2010. Besides Tendulkar, he also coached Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe and Balwinder Singh.
MCA mourns the death of legend
Ramakant Achrekar Sir passes away.— Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) (@MumbaiCricAssoc) January 2, 2019
Deepest Condolences to the family from Mumbai Cricket Association.
To Sir, with love!
Tendulkar shaped into a GOAT under Achrekar Sir
Tendulkar and Achrekar Sir shared a special bond. He would take Tendulkar to different matches across Mumbai on his scooter. In 2017, Tendulkar shared a special video on Teacher's Day and revealed how the coach changed his life. His dedication and focus helped a young Tendulkar mature into the player he turned out to be.
A heart-warming story, as told by Tendulkar
Achrekar Sir used to keep one-rupee coin on a stump and would ask Tendulkar to bat. If Tendulkar would not get out during the day, he would earn that coin. Tendulkar earned 13 coins in his life. He considers them as "gold medals".