Frail Ramakant Achrekar turns down Eden invite
Ramakant Achrekar, the first coach of Sachin Tendulkar, will not be present for the batting maestro's 199th Test at Kolkata's Eden Gardens between November 6-10.
Achrekar’s family declined the invitation from Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) given his frail health. Achrekar’s daughter Kalpana was flooded with calls from CAB officials, requesting his presence for their grand function during the Test against the West Indies which also will be Tendulkar’s second last international game.
“They were very keen to have my father for Tendulkar’s second last match. They assured us of his safety and security. They had arranged for everything. But we did not want to take chances with his health.
There would be a lot of heat there and we feared his health would get affected because of it. “We are taking every precaution after the paralysis attack. We have informed CAB expressing his inability to make it to the Eden. We are grateful for the invitation though,” Kalpana told MiD DAY yesterday.
Achrekar’s daughter said the Padmashri coach was super excited to go for the match. “He is always ready and excited to watch Tendulkar bat. He wanted to go for the match, but we have to consider his health and age too,” Kalpana said.
However, the 82-year-old Achrekar would be present for his most famous and favourite ward’s landmark Test at the Wankhede Stadium from November 14-18. “He wants to come for that match.
Travelling to Churchgate is still possible. There is minimum risk involved in this. So he might come for one day when Tendulkar is batting,” Kalpana, who now looks after Achrekar’s academy, said.
It is learnt that the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) will send a formal invite to Achrekar in the coming days. Kalpana said they would talk to Tendulkar regarding Achrekar’s seating arrangement. “We will ask Tendulkar when he comes to meet his guru. He might also have certain plans,” Kalpana said.