|Full Name||Ramakant Vithal Achrekar|
|Profession(s)||Former Cricketer & Cricket Coach|
|Famous For||Being the Coach of Sachin Tendulkar|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet inches- 5’ 6”
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||1990: Dronacharya Award
2010: Padma Shri
|Date of Birth||5 December 1932|
|Birthplace||Malvan Village, Maharashtra, British India Independent|
|Date of Death||2 January 2019|
|Place of Death||His residence, 'Manali Apartments,' near Shivaji Park, Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra|
|Age (at the time of death)||86 Years Mid Day|
|Death Cause||Old-age ailments|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Sagittarius|
|School||Chabildas High School, Dadar West, Mumbai|
|Educational Qualification||Not Known|
|Address||'Manali Apartments,' near Shivaji Park, Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra|
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Not Known|
|Wife/Spouse||Name Not Known|
Daughter(s)- Kalpana Murkar (Cricket Coach) & 4 More (Names Not Known)
|Parents||Father- Vithal Achrekar (Cricketer)
Mother- Name Not Known
|Favourite Cricketer||Sachin Tendulkar|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Ramakant Achrekar
- Ramakant Achrekar was born into a modest Marathi Family in a village called Malvan, about 500 km from Mumbai, near Goa.
- At the age of 11, Achrekar moved to Bombay (now, Mumbai) with his parents.
- His father and Vijay Manjrekar’s father had both played for the New Hind Club.
- In 1943, he got enrolled in Chabildas High School in Dadar West, Bombay. It was there that he started playing Cricket for the first time.
- In 1945, Achrekar started playing for club cricket for New Hind Sports Club and for Young Maharashtra XI.
- Earlier, he lived at Wadala before moving to Dadar’s Shivaji Park suburb.
- After coming to Bombay, soon, Achrekar took a job in the State Bank.’ There he met and played with Ajit Wadekar, his fellow bank employee.
- Achrekar had inherited his love for the game from his father.
- Ramakant Achrekar was a batsman-wicketkeeper who played only one first-class match – ‘for All-India State Bank, against Hyderabad, in 1964; where he scored 30 runs.
- It was around 1967-68 that a schoolboy approached him for advice, and he began coaching. That schoolboy was Ramnath Parkar, an opening batsman who played twice for India in the 1980s. He also became the first Achrekar product to win a Test Cap.
- One day, when he was purchasing some equipment at the India Sports House, a young boy named Suresh Shastri entered the shop. The shop owner told Achrekar that Shastri was a talented cricketer, and asked him to coach him. Later, Suresh Shastri went on to become a Cricket Umpire.
- Later on, the president of Arya Samaj, Mithailal Singh, asked Achrekar to coach his son as well. Achrekar took the only ₹50/month, and he soon became coach of Dayanand Balak Vidyalaya. Later, he went on holding regular sessions at Sassanian Cricket Club on Azad Maidan.
- Sachin Tendulkar was brought to Achrekar by Tendulkar’s older brother Ajit Tendulkar. Achrekar remembered-
The first time I saw Sachin, he seemed to be just like the other boys, nothing special. But then I watched him in the nets, and he was middling the ball all the time, hitting it hard, never playing defence. He had good wrist work, and wonderful reflexes.”
- At the age of 13, on Achrekar’s recommendation, Sachin made his debut at Brabourne Stadium for CCI, and a legend was born.
- Later on, he went on to produce many international players including Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Chandrakant Pandit, Lalchand Rajput, Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, Ajit Agarkar, Paras Mhambrey, Ramesh Powar who represented India in Tests and many others succeeded in First-Class Cricket.
- Besides overseeing the nets at New Hind and another club, Sassanian, Achrekar had also founded another club, Kamat Memorial, based at Shivaji Park, which he managed till his last days.
- Under Achrekar’s strict guidance, the young Sachin would practise each day from 7 to 9 am and 3.30 to 6 pm. In between, he would play matches.
- Achrekar’s bonding with his students was remarkable. It is said that he used to give treats to his students when they performed well – Pani Puri and Kulfi and Sunday lunch.
- His bonding with Tendulkar was so unique that when he noticed about Tendulkar’s exaggerated bottom-hand grip, he told him to avoid it. However, due to Tendulkar’s insistence, Achrekar eventually agreed that he could keep the grip.
- Another famous tale of Sachin-Achrekar bonding is that during the net-sessions, Achrekar used to put a coin on top of the stumps and asked bowlers to get bowled Sachin and get the coin. Sachin claims those coins his most prized possession so far.
- Once, Tendulkar had received a tight-slap from Achrekar for missing a match in order to watch the senior school team play a final match. Achrekar said-
People should come to watch you rather you clapping from the stands.”
- In the late 1990s, Achrekar suffered a paralysis attack, and thereafter, he became less actively involved as a coach.
- Even after being at the zenith of success, Sachin never forgot to pay his respect towards his Guru and often used to pay a visit to Achrekar’s home. Remembering his coach, a teary-eyed Tendulkar, after his 200th Test match, had said in his farewell speech in Mumbai in 2013-
Sir has never ever said ‘well played’ to me because he thought I would get complacent…Maybe he can push his luck and wish me now, well done on my career because there are no more matches, sir, in my life.”
- Achrekar is so popular as a Cricket Coach that people often say to other coaches-
Apne Aap Ko Achrekar Samajhta Hai (that coach thinks he is Achrekar).”
- In popular media, it’s said that there were cricket coaches and then there was a Ramakant Achrekar, whose contribution was way more than gifting the world “The God of Cricket” called Sachin Tendulkar.
- On 2nd January 2019, he died of age-related ailments. On his demise, Tendulkar said, while paying his respect-
Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar sir. Like many of his students, I learnt my ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance. His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on.”
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