Ramakant Achrekar, the coach of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, has died in Mumbai at the age of 86. Achrekar had been unwell for a while and had suffered from reduced mobility after a stroke in 2013.
Achrekar has turned Sachin from an aspiring fast bowler to a world-beating batsman. His academy in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park area churned out several others who played for India, including Vinod Kambli, Praveen Amre, Ajit Agarkar and Ramesh Powar.
It was Achrekar who suggested Tendulkar that he switch schools – from Bandra’s New English School to Sharadashram Vidya Mandir – to better his cricketing pursuits.