Teachers’ Day memories: When Sachin Tendulkar was scolded by Ramakant Achrekar in public
MUMBAI: Sachin Tendulkar recollected the greatest life lesson he learnt from legendary coach Ramakant Achrekar.
Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest batsman of all time, walked down memory lane to recollect an incident
where he had been admonished by his coach Ramakant Achrekar for missing a practice match.
Tendulkar debuted in 1989 and for 24 years smashed several records at will. He retired as the highest
scorer in Tests and ODIs. He also became the only man to score 100 international hundreds and play 200
The Master Blaster was also the first male cricketer to hit a double hundred in one-day internationals
in the course of an illustrious career.
However, Tendulkar, in his younger days, needed constant mentoring and two men stood out, his brother
Ajit and coach Achrekar.
Tendulkar was a prankster as child and would often get into trouble for mischief. He recalled an
incident where his revered coach scolded him in front of a whole lot of people for enjoying a match at
the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai instead of playing a match elsewhere.
“Back in my school days, I used to play only for the junior team and our senior team was playing the
Harris Shield finals at the Wankhede Stadium,” Tendulkar said in a video posted as a tribute to
Achrekar on Teachers’ Day. “And our coach Ramakant Achrekar sir had organised a practice match for me.
He had told me to go there after school and bat at number four. He said he had spoken to the captain
and you would not need to field. That used to be my training. That was important because you needed to
figure out your game there and figure out how to score runs in the middle.”
Happy #TeachersDay! The lessons you taught me have always served me well. Sharing an incident with you
all that changed my life! pic.twitter.com/J1izUvPG3C
– sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 5, 2017
“But I left all of that and sat at the Wankhede watching the Harris Shield final, cheering the senior
team, clapping. After the match, I saw Achrekar sir and I thought it would be good to wish him. He
asked me how many runs I got in the match and I told him I never went to play it because I wanted to
cheer the senior team and clap for them.
“Then he scolded me a lot in front of everybody and said I did not need to clap for others. He said I
should take care of my own game and do something so that one day, the world can clap for you.
“That was the biggest lesson of my life. After that day, I never missed another match,” he said.
Years later, Tendulkar returned to the same Wankhede Stadium and lifted the World Cup, fulfilling his
ultimate dream as a cricketer.
Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli and batting great Virender Sehwag also wished their teachers on