Sachin’s Coach Ramakant Achrekar passes away at 87

India legend Sachin Tendulkar led the tributes for his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar, who was the force behind several of India’s top cricketers from Mumbai. Achrekar, who had been ill for some time, passed away at his Mumbai residence on Wednesday, 3 January. He was 86.

A formidable coach, Achrekar could claim among his students a number of Indian men’s internationals, most prominently Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Chandrakant Pandit, Lalchand Rajput, Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, Ajit Agarkar, Paras Mhambrey and Ramesh Powar.

“Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar sir,” Tendulkar said in a statement. “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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