Remembering Ramakant Achrekar, the Man Who Made God

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Remembering Ramakant Achrekar, the Man Who Made God

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar Sir,” said his most famous shishya Sachin Tendulkar in a condolence tweet after the widely revered and legendary coach passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday.

For most fans, the last visual memory of Guru Achrekar was on November 14, 2013 at Wankhede Stadium, where despite age and ill-health, the Dronacharya and Padma Shri awardee attended his pupil Sachin Tendulkar’s final Test match. Visuals of Achrekar being lifted out of a car in his wheelchair brought tears to the eyes of fans present at the stadium and those watching on TV worldwide, in one of the sport’s most powerful and emotional moments.

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