<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sachin Tendulkar's 40th birthday: Coach Ramakant Achrekar wishes the Little Master" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130419185926.jpg" title="Sachin Tendulkar's 40th birthday: Coach Ramakant Achrekar wishes the Little Master" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sachin Tendulkar (above) visited his coach Ramakant Achrekar ahead of the Australia Test series © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Kolkata: Apr 23, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> With rich tributes pouring in from all quarters for <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar </a>on his 40th birthday on Wednesday, his childhood coach, <a href="/tags/Ramakant-Achrekar/post" target="_blank">Ramakant Achrekar</a>, too conveyed his wishes and said the Indian batsman would live happily as long as he plays.<br /> <br /> Speaking on behalf of the 80-year-old Dronacharya award winning coach, who is not keeping well after his hip bone fracture, daughter Kalpana told PTI: "My blessings are always there with him."<br /> <br /> "May he's blessed with more and more runs. I want to see him play long and really long. He will live happily as long as he plays. Cricket is his passion," Achrekar said through Kalpana.<br /> <br /> Tendulkar had paid a visit to Achrekar whom he considers his guru ahead of the <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>series, which <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a> won 4-0.<br /> <br /> "He along with (wife) Anjali had come to meet Baba. They spent some time quietly chatting," she said.<br /> <br /> Achrekar keenly follows every game that Tendulkar plays.<br /> <br /> "He sits right in front of the TV set and does not move when Tendulkar bats. He is eagerly waiting for the match on his birthday," she added.<br /> <br /> Achrekar took Tendulkar from IES School, Bandra to Shardashram Vidyamandir (English) where he was the coach as he learnt the nuances of the game.