Sachin Tendulkar's childhood coach who shaped his career Ramakant Achrekar passed away at his residence in Shivaji Park, Dadar
Ramakant Achrekar (mid-day archives)
Ramakant Achrekar passed away today at his residence in Shivaji Park, Dadar at the age of 86.
Ramakant Vithal Achrekar was born in 1932. Achrekar's playing career was not as distinguished as his coaching career. He started playing cricket in 1943. In 1945, he played club cricket for New Hind Sports Club. He also played for Young Maharashtra XI, Gul Mohar Mills and Mumbai Port. He played in only one first-class cricket match for all-India State Bank against Hyderabad in the Moin-ud-Dowla tournament in 1963–64.
He founded Kamath Memorial Cricket Club at Shivaji Park. He had coached & nurtured numerous cricketers, which includes the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar, Chandrakant Pandit, Vinod Kambli & Pravin Amre. He had devoted himself to coaching, to uplift the Indian cricket standards. The club is currently run by his daughter Kalpana Murkar and son-in-law Deepak Murkar.
Here's how the cricket world mourned Ramakanth Achrekar's death:
The BCCI expresses its deepest sympathy on the passing of Dronacharya award-winning guru Shri Ramakant 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. pic.twitter.com/mK0nQODo6b— BCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019
Condolences to his family and loved ones on the passing away of #RamakantAchrekar sir, who shaped and gave us a gift called Sachin Tendulkar ! pic.twitter.com/S7LIhNV4rh— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 2, 2019
Sad to hear about Ramakant Achrekar Sir’s passing away. May his soul RIP. Cricketing World will always remember you for your contribution. pic.twitter.com/asLgWFhpvA— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) January 2, 2019
You will always be remembered as one of the finest cricketing minds, #RamakantAchrekar sir. Thank you for giving us the gift that is @sachin_rt and inspiring millions others. You will be missed. Thoughts & prayers with the family. pic.twitter.com/zyJLr528VM— Suresh Rainau00f0u009fu0087u00aeu00f0u009fu0087u00b3 (@ImRaina) January 2, 2019
My heartfelt condolences on the passing away of #RamakantAchrekar Sir , who was instrumental in giving a jewel to Indian cricket. pic.twitter.com/qUZzG5Guf9— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 2, 2019
Sachin Tendulkar: 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. https://t.co/hti7tUl5Qp— ANI (@ANI) January 2, 2019
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