Ramakant Achrekar, who was credited with shaping the early career of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, died on Wednesday in Mumbai. He was 87.
A family member told a news agency, Achrekar passed away owing to old-age related ailments.
He was the childhood coach of Tendulkar, who always acknowledged him as his mentor.
In is tribute, Tendulkar tweeted: “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.”
Not only Tendulkar, but Vinod Kambli was also among Achrekar’s students along with Pravin Amre, Ajit Agarkar and Ramesh Powar.
Dronacharya awardee cricket coach, Achrekar, had also received a Padmashri award.
Achrekar himself competed in just one first-class match in his playing career.
Tendulkar was coached by Achrekar at the Shivaji Park in Mumbai.
Tendulkar, who is now retired, owns almost all the batting records that were there for the taking in the game, including the highest runs in Tests (15,921) and ODIs (18,426).