The childhood coach of Sachin Tendulkar, Ramakant Achrekar, passed away due to age-related ailments and was cremated in Mumbai on Thursday. A tearful Sachin was in attendance at the funeral of the renowned coach Achrekar, who died at the age of 87 at his Shivaji Park residence in Dadar.
Dronacharya and Padma Shri award-winning coach Archrekar, who is known for guiding aspiring cricketers with Sachin becoming the most popular ward, was given a guard of of honour by young boys who chanted ‘Amar Rahe’ when his body was brought to the Shivaji Park before being taken to a nearby crematorium.
Tendulkar, along with Achrekar’s other wards like Vinod Kambli, Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Chandrakant Pandit, took part in the procession to the crematorium. Earlier, people flooded the residence of Achrekar to pay their last respects.
Mumbai cricketers such as Atul Ranade, Amol Mazumdar Ramesh Powar, Paras Mhambrey, Ranji coach Vinayak Samant, Nilesh Kulkarni, Vinod Raghvan, were also present at the funeral. Others seen at the crematorium were former Rajasthan coach Pradeep Sundaram, office-bearers of the Mumbai Cricket Association, veteran cricket administrator Prof Ratnakar Shetty,
Other than his students, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, MLA and BJP leader Ashish Shelar, Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar also paid tributes to the decorated coach.
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