At least a dozen of disciples - including Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Chandrakant Pandit, Lalchand Rajput, Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, Ajit Agarkar, Paras Mhambrey, Ramesh Powar - represented India in Tests and many others succeeded in first-class cricket. Like many of his students, I learnt my ABCD of cricket under Sir's guidance. Of late, his daughter Kalpana Murkar and son-in-law Deepak Murkar had been running the academy, which had over three decade ago given Sachin Tendulkar the foundation to make an outstanding cricketing career.
It was Achrekar who suggested to a 11-year old Tendulkar that he switch schools - from Bandra's New English School to Sharadashram Vidya Mandir - to better his cricketing prospects. "Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar Sir", Sachin Tendulkar said in a condolence statement.
"Last month, I met Sir along with some of his students and spent some time together".
The stories of how he moulded the likes of Tendulkar for cricket at the highest level are legendary.
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Till the last day of his career, Sachin Tendulkar was used to take help from Ramakant Achrekar and correct his shots. His coaching philosophy revolved around giving the talented players a lot of exposure by taking them for friendly matches in the city and he rarely believed in changing the natural technique or approach of any player.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India expressed its "deepest sympathy".
"Achrekar Sir taught us the virtues of playing straight and living straight. Well played Sir and may you coach many more", the 45-year-old Tendulkar added.
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