Veteran Indian cricket coach Ramakant Vithal Achrekar passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday, December 2 at his residence in Shivaji Park, Dadar, Mumbai. The eminent coach has who is known to have trained several legendary cricketers most notably Sachin Tendulkar, was cremated on Thursday with his most famous ward in attendance for a tearful adieu.
Archrekar, the childhood coach of Tendulkar, served as an inspiration for the 'Master Blaster' throughout his career. Even on the day of his retirement from the Indian Cricket Team, Sachin had remembered his mentor while giving his farewell speech.
Talking about the strick yet soft hearted coach, Sachin had said, "The turning point of my career was when my brother took me to Acharaya Sir, my coach. I was extremely delighted to see him up in the stands. Normally, he sits in front of the television and he watches all the games that I play. In the last 29 years sir has never ever said 'well played' to me because he thought I will get complaisant and I would stop working hard. May be he can push his luck and wish me now because I am done with my career and there are no more matches in my life. I will be witnessing cricket and cricket will always stay in my heart, but you have an immense contribution in my life."
As the legendary couch took retirement from his life, Sachin was seen attending the cremation ceremonies with tearful eyes. He had also penned a heartfelt note for the Dronacharya and Padma Shri awardee on his Instagram.
He shared a picture with Achrekar and 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."
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Tendulkar, along with Achrekar's other pupils like Vinod Kambli, Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Chandrakant Pandit, took part in the procession to the crematorium, where his body was consigned to flames. Earlier, the body was kept at his residence for people to pay their last respects to the Cricket legend.