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On Guru Purnima, Tendulkar, Kambli remember the man who taught them ABCD of cricket

The cricketers honoured Achrekar who had helped kickstart their careers.

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Jul 16, 2019, 04.41 PM IST
Ramakant Achrekar is known for training Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kamble, and many other prominent players.
Ramakant Achrekar (C) is known for training Sachin Tendulkar (L), Vinod Kamble (R), and many other prominent players.
NEW DELHI: Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar decided to dedicate the day to his childhood coach.

On the occasion of Guru Purnima, the 46-year-old Master Blaster thanked Ramakant Achrekar in a Twitter post for guiding him. He wrote a shloka from Veda Vyasa's 'Guru Gita', which means the teacher is the supreme god or the absolute truth.

"Guru is the one who removes the darkness of ignorance in the student. Thank you Achrekar Sir for being that Guru & guide to me and making me what I am today," he added.

The Dronacharya awardee, who had also trained former cricketer Vinod Kambli and Kotak Mahindra Bank MD Uday Kotak at Shivaji Park in Dadar, passed away earlier this year in January at the age of 87 after suffering from age-related ailments.

After his death, Tendulkar said that Achrekar (sir) had built his foundation, and helped with his cricketing career.

He wrote on Twitter, "Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar Sir. Like many of his students, I learnt my ABCD of cricket under Sir's guidance. His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on".

As a player, Achrekar competed in just one first-class match but was instrumental in moulding Tendulkar as a child, often driving him to stadiums on his scooter.

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Kambli also honoured Achrekar with a tweet, thanking him for teaching him to be a good person.

Achrekar, who has coached some prominent players like Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe and Balwinder Singh Sandhu, was also a Padmashri awardee.

Former Team India players VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to wish their teachers on Guru Purnima.

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