Mumbai: Ramakant Achrekar, the celebrated cricket coach credited for discovering Sachin Tendulkar, died on Wednesday at the age of 87. He had been battling age-related ailments for the past few days. His last rites will be performed on Thursday morning. “Archrekar sir is no more with us,” said his kin Rashmi Dalvi.
Achrekar competed in just one first-class match in his playing career but discovered and shaped the biggest batsman in international cricket after Sir Donald Bradman in Tendulkar. Achrekar is best known for being his childhood coach and has always been acknowledged by the celebrated right-hander for the role he played in shaping his career as a child. Achrekar was given the Padmashri award in 2010.
“Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of (Ramakant) Achrekar sir,” expressed Sachin Tendulkar. He took to social media to pay his respects.