When Ramakant Achrekar summoned Sachin Tendulkar after he got out for 78

first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 19:37 IST Ramakant Achrekar has coach the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Ajit Agarkar among others (India Today Archive Photo)Sachin Tendulkar is known as the greatest batsman to have played cricket today but there was a time when not many knew about his magical talent. Back in the 1980s, it was Achrekar who trained Tendulkar and ensured the young boy played enough matches in Mumbai.After school, Tendulkar would get on Achrekar’s scooter and the pair would travel across Mumbai to play as many matches as possible.A hard taskmaster, Achrekar identified Sachin Tendulkar’s genius with the bat and gave India its most celebrated sporting star in history.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/mK0nQODo6bBCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019Tendulkar debuted in 1989 and was one of several young talented batsmen to emerge from Mumbai. Twenty four years later, Tendulkar left behind all his Mumbai teammates and finished with 100 international hundreds and 34357 international runs.But Achrekar, who obviously knew what Sachin Tendulkar could do with the bat, had said way back in 1993 that he was far more talented than Vinod Kambli and Pravin Amre.Here is an excerpt from an India Today magazine article published in March 1993 where Achrekar talks about Sachin’s talent and expected him to go for his strokes:As India piled up its mountain of runs at Bombay, a banner suddenly sprang from the stands. “Shardashram versus England”, it announced simply.To the beleaguered visitors, this might have been as arcane as the mysteries of oriental spin, but the local audience took up the chant immediately.advertisementShardashram Vidyapeeth, the little high school in Bombay that has produced Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Praveen Amre was having the better of the exchanges. But where was the coach to which these colts were linked?While all eyes scanned the stadium in bewilderment, Ramakant Achrekar was tugging at his golf cap, muttering to himself and shaking his head at the venue of the Harris Shield semi-finals for Bombay schools.Both the teams trained by him, including Shardashram, had expectedly reached the final. The problem was that some of the boys were not playing their ‘natural game’.He saw Kambli’s century and Tendulkar’s 78 on television and summoned them to the ground early next morning. Didn’t Kambli know where his off-stump was, the coach wanted to know.For the full article, click hereAlso Read | Achrekar sir was strict but also caring and loving: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s tribute to Ramakant Achrekar in his emotional farewell speech in 2013Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s coach Ramakant Achrekar dies in MumbaiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ramakant AchrekarFollow Ramakant Achrekar deadFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Pravin AmreFollow Ajit Agarkar When Ramakant Achrekar summoned Sachin Tendulkar after he got out for 78Ramakant Achrekar dies: The venerable Ramakant Achrekar died aged 86 in Mumbai. He had once summoned Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar after they had got out after scoring a century and 78 respectivelyadvertisementlast_img

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