Sachin Tendulkar reminisces being coached by Ramakant Achrekar, says 'Sir' never said 'well-played' to him

"(Achrekar) Sir was strict at times, extremely strict and also caring and loving. Sir did not say well-played to me ever, (but) I knew (when) Sir has taken me to have bhel-puri or paani-puri, Sir is happy, I have done something nice on the field," he said.

PTI, February 08, 2018

Recalling the contribution made by his coach Ramakant Achrekar to his career, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said coaches and gurus are like parents.

"Coaches, gurus are like our parents, because we end up spending so much time with them, we learn so many things from them," Tendulkar said at a book release function in Mumbai.

File image of Sachin Tendulkar. Reuters

File image of Sachin Tendulkar. Reuters

"(Achrekar) Sir was strict at times, extremely strict and also caring and loving. Sir did not say well-played to me ever, (but) I knew (when) Sir has taken me to have bhel-puri or paani-puri, Sir is happy, I have done something nice on the field," he said.

"I was a naughty child, difficult to manage.... I was extremely lucky to have a balanced family, my father who was always extremely calm, who never got angry, agitated, and so did my mother...they gave me freedom, pampered me, but never spoiled me," he recollected.

"When the situation demanded to be firm they were firm," Tendulkar added.

He also recollected an instance from childhood which, he said, taught him to use freedom with responsibility.

"I must have been 13 or so when I had to go to Indore to attend a national camp for a month and those were the days when mobiles were not available. I was going for a month and my mother was worried, and my father was telling her that he is the sharpest and cleverest among all of us, he knows, he is mature guy, I felt brilliant...with that freedom somewhere (in) my subconscious mind it registered that with freedom comes responsibility and I should not misuse my freedom," he said.

He credited his wife Anjali for bringing up his children Sara and Arjun.

"I wouldn't want to take any credit, the person behind me (Anjali) — I would like to give her all the credit and more so because we both were doing well in our careers and when you know that you have a promising future and that is when an individual decides to take a back seat (in career)," he said, referring to his pediatrician wife's decision to devote herself to parenting.

Updated Date: Feb 08, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114