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তুমি কেমন করে আক্রমণ কর হে গুণী

October 11, 2013

ভারতের দুজন ক্রিকেটারের নাম বলতে বললে, না একজন বলতে বললে হবে না, আমি কপিল দেব আর শচীন তেণ্ডুলকরের নামই বলব। তো এখন শচীন তেণ্ডুলকরের অবসর নেয়ার ঘোষণা এসে গেল, ভাবছি নিজে কত বুড়ো হয়ে গেলাম, আমাদের প্রজন্মের মহানতম ধারাবাহিকতম ব্যাটসম্যানটিরও সময় শেষ হয়ে গেল? শচীন যতদিন খেলেছে ততদিন নিজেকে বুড়ো মনে হয়নি কিন্তু শচীনের অবসরের ঘোষণার পর থেকে আড়ষ্টতা হুমকিই দিচ্ছে বলা যেতে পারে।

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  1. Ramakant Achrekar Obituary: Sachin Tendulkar’s Lifelong Coach Is No More

    Tendulkar, of course, is the most famous of his students. But Achrekar had groomed many cricketers who went onto represent India.

    If Sachin Tendulkar is the living embodiment of Indian cricket, the soul is that of Ramakant Achrekar. On the second day of 2019, Achrekar left for heavenly abode. He was 87.

    Achrekar will be remembered as probably the greatest coach in the annals of cricket for not only grooming Tendulkar to become the most prolific scorer but also for moulding the owner of hundred hundreds as the epitome of humility.

    If not for him, cricket, at least in India, would have meant a different game, and probably would have not established as the people’s game. And through Tendulkar’s many knocks, India experienced the magnanimity of an unrivalled coach who guided many batsmen play some of the most sublime strokes the game has ever seen.

    Born Ramakant Vithal Achrekar in Bombay in 1932, the famed coach failed as a cricketer himself, playing only one first-class game for State Bank of India against a Hyderabad Cricket Association XI in 1960.

    But that failure proved to be a boon for cricket. His academy, Kamath Memorial Cricket Club at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, became the nursery of Indian cricket. That’s where the audacious talent of Tendulkar, who went onto to become the Master Blaster, was unearthed.

    Then an 11-year old, Tendulkar switched schools – from Bandra’s New English School to Sharadashram Vidya Mandir – to learn cricket under Achrekar. Then, Tendulkar was an aspiring pacer, but Achrekar turned him into a batsman. And the rest is history, as they say.

    They ended up becoming the most famous student-teacher combination known in the country, which is recorded in the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, every year, with Tendulkar bowing his head to his master.

    Tendulkar, in one of the tributes, said that the “lessons you taught me have always served me well.”

    Tendulkar, of course, is the most famous of his students. But Achrekar had groomed many cricketers who went onto represent India, like Lalchand Rajput, Chandrakant Pandit, Vinod Kambli, Praveen Amre, Sanjay Bangar, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, etc.

    In 1990, he was conferred with the Dronacharya award for his services to cricket coaching. Two decades later, he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian honours in India.

    ‘He Built The Foundation I Stand On’, Tendulkar Pays Rich Tribute To Achrekar

    Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of (Ramakant) Achrekar sir, says Sachin Tendulkar.

    Sachin Tendulkar paid an emotional tribute to his childhood coach who passed away on Wednesday. He said, “Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of (Ramakant) Achrekar sir.”

    Achrekar, 87, died in Mumbai due to old age-related ailments.

    “Like many of his students, I learnt my ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance,” said the Dronacharya awardee’s most famous ward, in a statement.

    “His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on,” he added.

    Tendulkar, unarguably the greatest batsman in modern cricket, was coached by Achrekar at the Shivaji Park in Mumbai’s Dadar as a child.

    The iconic cricketer, who is now retired, has been quite vocal about the coach’s contribution in shaping him.

    As a player, Achrekar competed in just one first-class match but was instrumental in moulding Tendulkar as a child, often driving him to stadiums on his scooter.

    “Last month, I met Sir along with some of his students and spent some time together. We shared a laugh as we remembered the old times,” he said.

    “Achrekar sir taught us the virtues of playing straight and living straight. Thank you for making us a part of your life and enriching us with your coaching manual.

    “Well played Sir and may you coach more wherever you are,” he signed off.

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