Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar visited childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar to pay his respect on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima on Friday.
Tendulkar met his ‘guru’ Achrekar along with close friend and fellow student Atul Ranade. Tendulkar thanked Achrekar for his success and took to Twitter to acknowledge Achrekar’s key role in his illustrious career.
Today, #GuruPurnima, is the day we remember those who have taught us to be better versions of ourselves. Achrekar Sir, I couldn’t have done all this without you. Don’t forget to thank your gurus and take their blessings. #AtulRanade and I just did. pic.twitter.com/FOS64baoB3
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 27, 2018
Sachin was introduced to Achrekar, who used to run an academy in Shivaji Park, Mumbai, by his brother Ajit during his school days.
Achrekar saw promise in the youngster and suggested him to switch from Indian Education Society's New English School to Sharadashram Vidya Mandir (English) High School, which was known to have a dominant cricket team.
It was for Sharadashram school that Sachin stiched a marathon 664-run partnership with Vinod Kambli against St. Xavier’s in a Harris Shield match in 1988. A year later, he made his debut for India in a Test match against Pakistan at Karachi and went to become a cricketing legend, a decade later.
Some of Achrekar’s notable students are Ajit Agarkar, Sanjay Bangar, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre and Ramesh Powar.