Ramakant Achrekar, the great coach of cricket, passed away today in Mumbai. He was 87 years old. His death took place at his residence in Dadar near Shivaji Park. He was ill for a long time. Rashmi Dalvi, a member of Achrekar’s family, confirmed this to the news agency PTI.
For the contribution made to Achrekar in cricket, Padma Shri (the fourth highest civilian honor in the country) and Dronacharya Award (in 1990) was awarded in 2010. In Ramakant Achrekar’s coaching, many veteran cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Sameer Deeghe, Pravin Amre, Chandrakant Pandit and Balwinder Singh Sandhu edited their game. Listening to the death of Achrekar, there was a wave of mourning in Indian cricket. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also condoled the death of Achrekar.
Paying tributes to Ramakant Achrekar, the BCCI wrote in his tweet, “He not only gave India the greatest cricketer but during his training, he made the players a good person too. His contribution to Indian cricket is immense. ‘
When Sachin started to revive his cricketing skills in his childhood, his brother Ajit Tendulkar had introduced Tendulkar to the trick in Shivaji Park. After this, this pair of guru-disciple ‘Tendulkar-Achrekar’ has gained worldwide fame.
In the days of Tendulkar’s cricketing career, Achrekar used to take Tendulkar to the different grounds of Mumbai for the inadequate practice. When Sachin influenced his master by performing nonchalantly, he used to get his pooja in the prize from his master.
Sachin’s childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar was born in 1932. He played an important role in advancing Sachin’s ‘Lord of Cricket’.
He was awarded Dronacharya in 1990 and Padma Shri award in 2010 for his significant contributions to cricket. Apart from this, he has also been nominated for the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ by former India coach Gary Kirsten in 2010.