Coach of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, Ramakant Achrekar passed away at the age of 87on Wednesday . He took his last residence in Mumbai. He passed away due to age-related ailments. Cricketer Vinod Kambli arrived at his house to pay his last respects.
kamath Memorial Cricket Club at Shivaji Park is a special place for Sachin as he learnt the nuances of the game and perfected the art of cricket under Ramakant Achrekar but it was not a happy place to be in for the cricket icon. Achrekar's body was taken from his home to Kamath Memorial before the van headed to the nearby crematorium at Dadar. Tendulkar was seen crying when the young cricketers chanted, 'Achrekar Sir amar rahe'.
Yesterday, Kamath Memorial was different as Achrekar lay peacefully amidst his students the most gifted of cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Balvinder Singh Sandhu, Chandrakant Pandit, Pravin Amre, Paras Mhambrey, Sameer Dighe and Naresh Churi, who represented the country in school cricket.
Coach Achrekar is the recipient of prestigious awards in India. He was bestowed with country's fourth highest civilian award - Padma Shri in 2010 and Dronacharya Award (for Outstanding Coaches in Sports and Games) in 1990.