Cricketing World Pays Emotional Tribute To Ramakant Achrekar

Cricketing World Pays Emotional Tribute To Ramakant Achrekar

The new year has begun on a sad note for the cricketing fraternity as it lost one of its favourite teachers – Ramakant Achrekar.  The famous teacher died at a ripe age of 86 at his residence on Wednesday. Achrekar’s last rites will be performed on Thursday morning.

Ramakant Achrekar served as a cricket coach on the Mumbai maidans for more than four three decades until he was paralysed in the late 1990s. He gave India a host of stars including Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Chandrakant Pandit, Lalchand Rajput, Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, Ajit Agarkar, Paras Mhambrey, Ramesh Powar. His most famous disciple, however, was the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Time and again Tendulkar had reiterated Achrekar’s contribution in his career.

And he paid a glowing tribute to his coach once again, saying:

“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.”

In recognition of his contribution as coach, Ramakant Achrekar was honoured with the Dronacharya Award in 1990. Later in 2010, he was awarded the Padma Shri.

After being a regular on the Mumbai maidans in the 1940s and 1950s, he founded the Kamath Memorial Cricket Club at Shivaji Park in Dadar. At Shivaji Park, he helped youngster develop their games. The journey came to an end when he had a paralytic attack in the late 1990s. Achrekar was hailed in the Mumbai cricketing circle for his selflessness.

Meanwhile, cricketing fratnerity was quick to pay tribute to Achrekar. Here are some of the messages:


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