Ramakant Achrekar dies: Cricket in heaven will be enriched with sir’s presence, says Tendulkar

first_imgTributes have been pouring in for Sachin Tendulkar’s childhood coach, Ramakant Achrekar, who passed away at 86 due to old-age related ailments in Mumbai on January 2.Tendulkar, in a statement, said his late coach’s contribution to his life and career cannot be captured in words.”Cricket in heaven will be enriched with his presence. Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar sir. Like many of his students, I learned my ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance,” Tendulkar said.”His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on. 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.”You’ll always be in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/0UIJemo5oM Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 2, 2019Ramakant Achrekar, a Padma Shri and Dronacharya Awardee, competed in one first-class match. However, his biggest achievement was unearthing Sachin Tendulkar’s talent.Tendulkar had revealed his brother, Ajit Tendulkar had taken him to meet “Achrekar sir” in Mumbai when he was 11 and called the meeting the biggest turning point of his career. During an emotional farewell speech after Test retirement in 2013, Tendulkar had revealed the role his coach played during the nascent stages of his career.advertisementTendulkar, who retired from all forms of international cricket in 2013, now owns almost all the batting records that were there for the taking in the game, including the highest runs in Tests (15,921) and ODIs (18,426).Besides Tendulkar, Achrekar had also coached prominent India players, including Vinod Kambli, Ajit Agarkar, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe and Balwinder Singh Sandhu.Former India cricketer and Sachin Tendulkar’s teammate, VVS Laxman took to social media to pay tributes to one of the greatest cricket coaches to have graced the country.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/mK0nQODo6bBCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019My heartfelt condolences on the passing away of #RamakantAchrekar Sir , who was instrumental in giving a jewel to Indian cricket. pic.twitter.com/qUZzG5Guf9VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 2, 2019Condolences to his family and loved ones on the passing away of #RamakantAchrekar sir, who shaped and gave us a gift called Sachin Tendulkar ! pic.twitter.com/S7LIhNV4rhMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 2, 2019The end of one of the great sporting stories of my generation. Rest in peace #RamakantAchrekar My condolences to his family, @sachin_rt and hundreds of cricketers who learnt from him.Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) January 2, 2019Dronacharya awardee, Padma Shri and @sachin_rt’s first coach – Ramakant Achrekar sir passes away. #RIP pic.twitter.com/YanCL8CFQVMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 2, 2019Rest in Peace Ramakant Achrekar Sir, Padma Shri and Dhonocharya award winner and Sachin Sir Childhood Coach #RIP #RamakantAchrekar. pic.twitter.com/TDA7eHmLeiSudhir Kumar Chaudhary (@Sudhir10dulkar) January 2, 2019Ramakant Acharekar, whose mist famous protege is @sachin_rt, passes away. RIPCricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 2, 2019Last I met Ramakant Achrekar Saaheb , on 24 May 2017 while @sachin_rt ‘s film Sachin : A billion Dreams premiere at PVR Icon, VERSOVA.he was a PROUD coach ..the one who shaped up Sachin’s early career.RIP Saaheb ! #RjAlok pic.twitter.com/rpDj11GP3QRJ ALOK (@OYERJALOK) January 2, 2019(With inputs from Rasesh Mandani)Also Read | When Ramakant Achrekar summoned Sachin Tendulkar after he got out for 78Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s tribute to Ramakant Achrekar in his emotional farewell speech in 2013Also See:last_img

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