Sachin Tendulkar Coach Ramakant Achrekar passed Away in Mumbai. He was suffering from an illness for a long time. He had coached & nurtured numerous cricketers, which includes the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar, Chandrakant Pandit, Vinod Kambli & Pravin Amre.
Born in 1932, Achrekar started playing the sport in 1943. Starting with New Hind Sports Club, he ended up playing just one first-class match for all-India State Bank against Hyderabad in the Moin-ud-Dowla tournament in 1963–64.
Well played sir, may you coach more wherever you are: Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Ramakant Achrekar
Dronacharya awardee cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who is credited with shaping the early career of Sachin Tendulkar was 87 and a family member told PTI that he passed away owing to old-age related ailments. (Also Read: Who was Ramakant Achrekar: The coach who guided Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli to stardom)
"He (Archrekar Sir) is no more with us. He passed away this evening," his kin Rashmi Dalvi told PTI over the phone.
Best known for being the childhood coach of Tendulkar, who has always acknowledged him as his mentor, Achrekar was also a Padmashri awardee. (Also Read: Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Ramakant Achrekar)
Achrekar is best known for being his childhood coach and has always been acknowledged by the celebrated right-hander for the role he played in shaping his career as a child.
Tendulkar was coached by Achrekar at the Shivaji Park in Mumbai. (Also Read: Ramakant Achrekar: Sachin Tendulkar's coach and much more)
"Sir did not say well-played to me ever, (but) I knew (when) Sir has taken me to have bhelpuri or paani-puri, Sir is happy, I have done something nice on the field," Tendulkar had said last year at an event while recalling Achrekar's contribution in making him the cricketer he became.
Achrekar was bestowed the Padmashri award in 2010.
Besides Tendulkar, he also coached some prominent players in Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe and Balwinder Singh Sandhu.