Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sachin Tendulkar gets emotional during last rite of Ramakant Achrekar

Sachin Tendulkar gets emotional during last rite of Ramakant Achrekar

He had been battling old age-related ailments for the past few days. Last month, I met Sir along with some of his students and spent some time together.

Tendulkar, who is now retired, owns nearly all the batting records that were there for the taking in the game, including the highest runs in Tests (15,921) and ODIs (18,426).

An emotional Sachin Tendulkar today took part in the last rite of his coach Ramakant Achrekar.

Achrekar earned widespread praise for work at the Kamnath Cricket Club at Mumbai's Shivaji Park. Of late, his daughter Kalpana Murkar and son-in-law Deepak Murkar had been running the academy, which had over three decade ago given Sachin Tendulkar the foundation to make an outstanding cricketing career.

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From the very start, Tendulkar has always maintained that Achrekar played a major role in building his career which spanned for 24 years.

Former cricketer and all-rounder Mohammad Kaif shared his condolences on Twitter saying, "Condolences to his family and loved ones on the passing away of #RamakantAchrekar sir, who shaped and gave us a gift called Sachin Tendulkar!"

"Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of (Ramakant) Achrekar sir", Tendulkar said in his tribute statement. Besides Tendulkar, he also coached some prominent players like Vinod Kambli, Ajit Agarkar, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, Balwinder Singh Sandhu among others. Ramakant Achrekar was a well-renowned coach and a Dronacharya awardee. Sharing an incident with you all that changed my life!

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