Master Blaster’s Master is no more, Ramakant Achrekar passes away in Mumbai at 87

'Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar took blessings of his Guru Ramakant Achrekar Sir at his residence. Photo by Prakash Parsekar. 11.02.2014. Mumbai.

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Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s childhood cricketing coach, Ramakan Achrekar passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday evening. He was 87 years of age. Achrekar had honed Tendulkar’s cricketing skills during his initial days.

Tendulkar recounted many a times during his numerous interviews, the impact Achrekar had on him as a budding cricketer. Tendulkar recalled that Achrekar used to take him for different tournaments in Mumbai on his scooter.

Sachin Tendulkar, who went on to score a hundred centuries in international cricket always visited Achrekar to seek his blessings. The cricketing god, along with his childhood friend and cricketer Vinod Kambli, had recently visited their coach ahead of the start of a camp in Mumbai.

Ramakant Achrekar was born in 1932. Achrekar’s playing career was not as distinguished as his coaching career. Besides Tendulkar and Kambli, Achrekar also coached some prominent players like Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Ajit Agarkar, and Chandrakant Pandit.

In 1990, the Indian government honoured him with the prestigious Dronacharya Award.  He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2010.

His life and his inspiring career have been documented by journalist Kunal Purandare in the book, Ramakant Achrekar: Master Blaster’s Master, the only biography of the renowned coach.

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