Tendulkar and Kambli’s coach Ramakant Achrekar dies aged 86 in Mumbai.

Ramakant Achrekar, Sachin Tendulkar’s coach, has died aged 86 in Mumbai. Achrekar was born in 1932 and played a key role in shaping up Tendulkar’s career over the years.

Achrekar was a respected coach who trained young cricketers at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park in Dadar. He passed away on Wednesday due to old age-related ailments, his family confirmed.

His most famous pupil, Sachin Tendulkar, went on to become arguably the greatest batsman in the history of the game.

Tendulkar who debuted in 1989, became the first man to score 100 international hundreds and an ODI double hundred. He is also the only cricketer to play 200 Test matches.

Tendulkar, who scored 34357 runs, the most by any batsman, owed his cricketing success to Achrekar, who he considered to be his guru.

Every year during Teacher’s Day, Tendulkar would go to meet his old coach and pay his respects.

In 1990, Achrekar was honoured with the Dronacharya Award for Outstanding coaches in Sports and Games. He was honoured with one of the country’s highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in 2010.

Last year on Teacher’s Day, Tendulkar revealed how he was disciplined by Achrekar and that moment put his career on the right track. Young Sachin Tendulkar was a prankster and he needed constant monitoring.

He recalled an incident where his revered coach scolded him in front of a whole lot of people for enjoying a match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai instead of playing a match elsewhere.

Achrekar would take Sachin Tendulkar to different matches across Mumbai on his scooter. The coach’s dedication and foresight helped India unearth a gem who went on to serve the country for a quarter of a century.

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