Playing cricket in Shivaji Park meant coming to the temple for us : Sachin Tendulkar
At cricket coach, Ramakant Achrekar’s condolence meeting, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar recollected many of his memories. It is then that Sachin remembered how Sir had once beaten Kambli after a match.
‘Achrekar Sir has created us and the cricket that is inside us. When Sir taught cricket at Shivaji Park, at that time, he gave us ‘prasad’ with stumps and hands many times.’ Such are the memories of his master as recollected by Sachin Tendulkar. Ramakant Achrekar, a mentor to many veteran cricketers like Sachin, passed away on January 2. And on Thursday, his condolence meeting was held where Sachin had a few words to say.
Achrekar breathed his last at the age of 87 and a condolence meeting was held at Shivaji Park in Dadar where Sachin, along with NCP president Sharad Pawar, former cricketer Vinod Kambli, and few other former cricketers were also present. Many people along with Sachin shared their bit of memory of the Achrekar sir.
Sachin said, “Playing cricket in Shivaji Park meant that it was like coming to the temple for us. Sometimes we got ‘Prasad’ in this temple. Many times we have been beaten by the hands of Achrekar sir or by the stump. Sir paid full attention to our game. He used to tell us our mistakes.”
In his speech, Sachin also spoke about a certain incident involving Kambli and Achrekar. “When we used to practice cricket in Shivaji Park or play matches, Achrekar sir used to secretly watch our game. Once we were playing matches on the cross ground. And at this time, Sir was watching our match from behind the tree. I was on strike and Vinod was a non-striker. But suddenly I saw that Vinod was rather flying a kite in the ground.”
“After the match, Sir gave me a list of our mistakes and asked me to read. When I was reading the list, it was written like ‘Vinod Kite’. I read it too, but I did not understand anything. As I read further, I heard some different sounds. When I looked at that voice, I came to know that Achrekar Sir was beating Vinod.”