Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar shares his thought on the recently released book about his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar, written by Kunal Purundare. Tendulkar mentions the impact Achrekar had had I his life right from a young age and he was part of his journey throughout his cricketing career. It was Achrekar, who spotted Tendulkar s talen at a very young age, nourished him and made him into arguably one of the best cricketers of all time. Tendulkar in his 23 years of international cricket went on to become the leading run-scorer in Tests with 15,921 in 200 Tests at 53.78, which included as many as 51 tons and 68 fifties.

He is also the all-time leading run-getter in One-Day Internationals (ODI), with 18,426 runs to his name at an average of 44.83 and included 49 hundreds. Tendulkar was the first player to score double century in ODIs, when he scored an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in 2010 at Gwalior. Since then, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle have all scored 200-plus in ODIs. Tendulkar played his last international match against West Indies in November 2013 against West Indies in his hometown in Mumbai. Tendulkar was also part of the World Cup winning team in 2011, when India beat Sri Lanka at Wankhede to lift their second World Cup in 24 years.

Tendulkar was part of the advisory committee along with Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, who were to appoint India s next coach. The committee picked Anil Kumble as the head coach just ahead of India s tour of West Indies.