Ramakant Achrekar, the celebrated cricket coach credited for discovering Sachin Tendulkar, passed away on Wednesday.
At 87, Achrekar had been battling old-age related ailments for the last few days.
He was the father figure of Mumbai cricket responsible for shaping careers of young cricketers who would go on to play for the national side. His other famous proteges include Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Sameer Dhighe among others.
As soon as the news of his death broke out, tributes started pouring in. Here's how cricket fraternity paid rich tribute to the Dronacharya awardee.
Ramakant Achrekar is no more. Deepest condolensces to the family and to his students including Sachin Pravin Amre and Atul Ranade. Will forever live in peoples hearts in India. Thanks Sir for all you did for Indian cricket.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 2, 2019
Sad to know that Ramakant Achrekar sir is no more. My homage to the great soul and condolences to the family. #Achrekarsir
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) January 2, 2019
The BCCI expresses its deepest sympathy on the passing of Dronacharya award-winning guru Shri Ramakant Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers, but also trained them to be fine human beings. His contribution to Indian Cricket has been immense. pic.twitter.com/mK0nQODo6b
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019
Ramakant Achrekar Sir passes away.
Deepest Condolences to the family from Mumbai Cricket Association.
— Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) (@MumbaiCricAssoc) January 2, 2019
Ramakant Achrekar - The Giving Tree that gave some of the most delicious fruits to Indian cricket. If Sachin Tendulkar was king mango, others were juicy guavas and water melons.
— Sidhanta Patnaik (@sidhpat) January 2, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 2, 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 2, 2019
The Indian players will be seen wearing black armbands in Sydney I hope. RV Achrekar rest in peace. You were the king among cricket gurus.
— Clayton J Murzello (@ClaytonMurzello) January 2, 2019
With inputs from PTI
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