Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid a deep and meaningful tribute to famed cricket coack Ramakant Achrekar who passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday.
PM Modi has called Achrekar a "shining beacon of the Guru Parampara", in reference to the sheer number of talented Indian cricketers brought up under his tutelage, including Sachin Tendulkar.
Alluding to this, the Prime Minister writes, "An outstanding mentor, he groomed cricketing talent for years and the gems he trained went on to bring immense glory to the nation."
He adds, "is passing away is a big loss to the sporting world. My condolences."
Condolences have come in from cricketers, members of other industries as well as from fans.
Sachin Tendulkar wrote:
Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar Sir. Like many of his students, I learnt my ABCD of cricket under Sir's guidance.
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 many more.
Actor Aamir Khan wrote:
And Kotak Mahindra Bank CEO Uday Kotak also revealed that Achrekar had been his Cricket coach in school:
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