December 3rd, 2011
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Sachin’s coach celebrates 79th birthday

sachin's-coachMumbai: Sri Ramakant Achrekar, the man who modeled Sachin into the person he is today celebrates his 79th birthday today. Sachin Tendulkar learnt his first lessons at Achrekar’s summer camp in 1985. As Achrekar was the coach at Shardashram Vidyamandir, Sachin even shifted his school to be under the guidance of his favourite coach.

“There was a good understanding between Sir and my brother. They discussed me a lot and somehow found the right kind of direction for me going forward. Sir used to take me around town on his scooter to play matches. If I performed well, he would stop and treat me to bhel puri, paani puri or a vada pav. Sir’s generosity was really amazing. If he found out that a player was not capable of paying his monthly coaching fees, he would never ever ask him to pay it. In fact, Sir would make it a point to pay for the boy’s snack too,” said Sachin who remembered his sir fondly on his birthday.

“Recently, he visited my new home and it was a great moment for me. I always wanted him to come over. Taking him around the house gave me immense pleasure and satisfaction,” he added. Ramakant Achrekar started playing Cricket 1943 and started playing club cricket for New Hind Sports Club in 1945. He played only one first class match for all-India State Bank against Hyderabad in the Moin-ud-Dowla tournament during 1963-64.This is not what he is renowned for but who he coached and how they are known as now.

Along with Sachin Tendulkar he even coached Balwinder Sandhu, Chandrakant Pandit, Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Ajit Agarkar and Sanjay Bangar.  In 1990, he was honoured with the Dronacharya Award for his services to cricket coaching. Mr Achrekar was conferred with Padma Shri, one of the country’s highest civilian awards. More recently on February 12th 2011, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award by Gary Kirsten, coach of the Indian Cricket Team.



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