Ramakant Achrekar, the youth coach of Tendulkar, passed away at 87 on Wednesday in his Shivaji Park house in Dadar in Central Mumbai. His body was retained at Shivaji Park, where he coached aspiring cricketers and subsequently taken into a local crematorium. After the body has been taken outside the ground, young boys, that exercise there, gave a guard of honour amid chants of ‘Amar Rahe’.
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Best known for being the youth coach of Tendulkar, who has consistently acknowledged him as his mentor, Achrekar was also a Padmashri awardee. Tendulkar, together with Achrekar’s additional wards such as Vinod Kambli, Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Chandrakant Pandit, took part in the procession into the crematorium, in which his body was consigned to flames. Earlier, the body was kept at his residence for people to pay their last respects to the Dronacharya and Padma Shri award-winning trainer.
“His contribution to my life cannot be caught in words. He built the foundation I stand on,” added Tendulkar.
Besides Tendulkar, he also coached some prominent players at Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe and Balwinder Singh Sandhu. Mumbai cricketers such as Atul Ranade, Amol Mazumdar Ramesh Powar, Paras Mhambrey, Ranji coach Vinayak Samant, Nilesh Kulkarni, Vinod Raghvan, were there along with fans. Former Rajasthan coach Pradeep Sundaram, office-bearers of the Mumbai Cricket Association, veteran cricket coach Prof Ratnakar Shetty also paid their final respects. Famous cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who died due to age-related ailments, was cremated
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here on Thursday with his famous ward Sachin Tendulkar in attendance to get a tearful adieu.
As a player, Achrekar competed in only one first-class match but was instrumental in moulding Tendulkar as a young child, often driving him to stadiums on his scooter. “Cricket in paradise is going to be accentuated with the presence of (Ramakant) Achrekar sir,” said iconic former batsman Sachin Tendulkar as he paid an emotional tribute to his own youth coach who passed away Wednesday.
His body was retained at Shivaji Park, where he coached aspiring cricketers and subsequently taken into a local crematorium. After the body has been taken outside the ground, young boys, that exercise there, gave a guard of honour amid chants of ‘Amar Rahe’.
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