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Sachin’s coach Achrekar passes away

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Published on January 07, 2019 with No Comments

Veteran cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who trained Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli, among others, passed away following a heart attack on Wednesday. He was living in Mumbai. He was 87 and breathed his last at his home in Dadar. Achrekar, honoured with Padma Shri in 2010 and Dronacharya Award in 1990, was instrumental in shaping the careers of Tendulkar, Kambli and over a dozen other top cricket stars.

Born in 1932, Achrekar started playing cricket at the age of 11. In two years, he was playing club cricket with New Hind Sports Club, Mumbai. Subsequently, he played for Young Maharashtra XI, Mumbai Port Trust, and, in 1963, led a first class match between SBI and Hyderabad in the Moin-ud-Dowlah tournament. Later, he launched his cricket academy, the Kamath Memorial Cricket Club (KMCC) at Shivaji Park, considered the nursery of Indian cricket. It was here he coached and produced some of the biggest names in Indian cricket, such as Tendulkar, Kambli, Ajit Agarkar, Pravin Amre, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Sameer Dighe, Chandrakant Pandit and many more.

Last year, on Guru Poornima Day, Tendulkar visited his guru and sought his blessings. “Achrekar sir, all this is possible because of you. Without your guidance, I would not have achieved such great heights,” Tendulkar told his first coach. He also paid rich tributes to Achrekar in his farewell speech in 2013 and his guru’s contribution was duly highlighted in the biopic Sachin: A Million Dreams.

“BCCI expresses deepest sympathy on the passing of 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,” BCCI said in its condolence message.

 

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