By Taus Rizvi
After hearing about Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, coach Ramakant Achrekar (81) is angry that because of illness he has not watched his most famous ward bat live at a stadium in many years. However, Achrekar’s daughter Kalpana Murkar said that she is planning to take him to watch Tendulkar’s farewell Test if held in Mumbai. “He cannot walk. But he might go for at least some time,” she said. Tendulkar announced his retirement on October 10 that his 200th Test would be his last.
Achrekar said he had mixed feelings mixed feelings when his favourite student announced retirement after 24 years at the top flight.
While the Padma Shri awardee was happy that Tendulkar would become the first player to play 200 Tests, he was sad at the thought of not seeing him bat any more live on television.
At the mention of the word ‘retirement’ he appeared a tad sad. “Dhakka lagle (Surprised),” is how he described Tendulkar’s decision.
“He could have played more. He worked so hard and still does ,” Achrekar said. However, he is glad that Tendulkar would be playing his 200th Test.
“It has come at the right time when he is completing his 200th Test,” he said.
The 81-year-old is unable to talk properly because of illness but still managed to say a few things about Tendulkar. It was his daughter Kalpana, who did most of the talking, traslating his actions into words.
Achrekar described Tendulkar as a “One of the most disciplined in his academy”.
Tendulkar always makes it a point to visit Achrekar before every series to seek his blessings. This time too he came during Ganpati festival and Gurupurnima, he, however, didn’t tell them about his plans.
“He never told us about his decision. But we never talk about it,” she said. When asked whether Tendulkar can take up coaching after retirement , Achrekar nodded in affirmative.
(Taus Rizvi is a Principal Correspondent with DNA. A club-level cricketer, he believes cricket helps in knowing a person’s character. Taus can be followed on @rizvitaus on Twitter. The above news has been republished with permission from DNA, where it first appeared)