[caption id="attachment_786236" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ramakant_Achrekar-PTI.jpeg"><img class="size-full wp-image-786236" alt="Sachin Tendulkar with childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar. @ PTI" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Ramakant_Achrekar-PTI.jpeg" width="628" height="353" /></a> Sachin Tendulkar with childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar. @ PTI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Each and every teacher in this world would aspire to have a student like <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sachin-tendulkar/">Sachin Tendulkar</a> but in iconic batsman s own words, it was a late cut (a tight slap) from his beloved sir <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ramakant-achrekar">Ramakant Achrekar</a> after missing a match, that made him realise the importance of hard work. <p></p> <p></p>Tendulkar, along with another 100 students of Sharadashram Vidyamandir celebrated their beloved guru s 79th birthday at the Bandra Kurla Complex on Saturday (December 4, 2011). <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/dronacharya-award-winning-coach-ramakant-achrekar-dies-age-87-786219">Dronacharya award-winning coach Ramakant Achrekar dies age 87</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Obviously, the centre of attraction at the reunion was none other than Tendulkar as Achrekar s students fondly recollected the old days. <p></p> <p></p>As he took a trip down the memory lane, it become an emotional journey not only for Tendulkar but also for former India players like <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ajit-agarkar/">Ajit Agarkar</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/pravin-amre/">Pravin Amre</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/balwinder-singh-sandhu">Balwinder Singh Sandhu</a>, Paras Mhambrey, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/chandrakant-pandit/">Chandrakant Pandit</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sameer-dighe/">Sameer Dighe</a> to name a few. <p></p> <p></p> After finishing school, I used to hurry to my aunt s place for lunch and by that time, sir used to organise some matches for me. He used to tell the opposition teams, that I would be batting at No. 4. <p></p> <p></p> On one such day, instead of playing in the match, I along with a friend, went to the Wankhede stadium to watch the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/shardashram">Shardashram English</a>-medium boys take on the Shardashram Marathi-medium boys in the Harris Shield final and cheer our team, Tendulkar fondly recollected. <p></p> <p></p> There, we spotted sir and went to greet him. He knew that I had missed the match, but still asked me how did I perform in it. I told him that, I thought that I would skip the match in order to cheer for our team. I got a late-cut (tight slap) on my face as well. The tiffin box in my hand flew and all its contents spread across, he said. <p></p> <p></p> At that time, sir told me You don t have to be here to cheer for others. Play in such a way that others cheer for you . Since that day, I began practising very hard and put in a lot of hours. If not for that day, I might have been cheering others from the stands, he said. <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_786237" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-786237 " alt="Tendulkar with Achrekar during his school days." src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Tendulkar-Achrekar.jpeg" width="628" height="933" /> Tendulkar with Achrekar during his school days.[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>On a night, when all of Achrekar s wards narrated with pride the stories of how they got slapped by their guru , the world s most worshipped cricketer credited Achrekar for his capacity to run for long hours without tiring. <p></p> <p></p> When I was batting, sir never asked me to do the rounds (running across Shivaji Park), the maestro said. <p></p> <p></p> However, at the end of my training session, when I was completely exhausted, he used to make me run in full gear, along with the bat and pads. It was only later, that I realised how much this helped me, Tendulkar said. <p></p> <p></p>Someone who rarely displays his emotional side, Tendulkar said, I don t know how much cricket is still left in me. However, whatever I have achieved so far is all due to Achrekar sir. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/sachin-tendulkar-s-coach-ramakant-achrekar-finally-congratulates-little-master-33979">Sachin Tendulkar's coach, Ramakant Achrekar finally congratulates Little Master </a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Tendulkar also recalled another anecdote involving him and buddy <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/vinod-kambli/">Vinod Kambli</a>, when the left-hander was slapped by Achrekar for flying a kite, while fielding during a match. <p></p> <p></p> Vinod was flying a kite while on the field. I warned him saying that sir might watch him. But he said he had scanned the entire place and was confident, sir was not there. <p></p> <p></p> At the end of the day, we generally read a note that summarised the day. On that day, it was my turn to read it. Sir was standing next to me and Vinod, I think, was standing next to sir. And as I read the list, there was an entry Vinod-kite . <p></p> <p></p>And then it was Kambli s turn to get a tight one from Achrekar. And at the next instant, he got slapped. Later, Kambli and I were arguing as to how sir could have seen it. <p></p> <p></p> Actually, I had seen sir watching him from behind a tree, but I didn t tell him, he added. <p></p> <p></p>Tendulkar informed that the idea to give Achrekar a surprise by organising the reunion of the Shardashram Old Boys came during a conversation with former Mumbai cricketer and a close Tendulkar friend Atul Ranade. <p></p> <p></p>Several other cricketers, too, recounted heart-warming tales of how Achrekar and his family had made an important contribution in shaping up their lives. <p></p> <p></p>Sandhu, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team recalled that it was Achrekar, who had advised him to develop his inswinger, when he started as an off-spinner during his younger days. I was an off-spinner, but sir advised me develop my inswinger. He had an eye for talent, he said. <p></p> <p></p>Sandhu also narrated an incident, when he was spared of Achrekar s slap for shirking doing rounds, which changed his way of looking at cricket. <p></p> <p></p> Without saying much, he told me that I was talented and had a responsibility to fulfill. My perspective towards cricket changed from that day, he added. <p></p> <p></p>Former India stumper and Mumbai captain Pandit remembered the day, when Achrekar came to his house at midnight to convince his reluctant father to let him join Shardashram. <p></p> <p></p> My father did not see a future for me playing cricket. His argument was that how could the game help me when all I had to do was to study and get a job. At this, sir took Rs 1,000 from his pocket, gave it to my father and said from tomorrow, your son is mine, I will pay his salary. His faith in me made me confident that I had the talent to do well, Pandit said. <p></p> <p></p>Another bright student of Achrekar, speedster Agarkar remembered as to how Achrekar came to his home on his motorcycle at 5 am just after the 1992 riots in Mumbai to take him for practice after assuring his worried mother. We did some training and I had breakfast at his place. But that incident made me realise the importance of discipline and determination, he said. <p></p> <p></p>Veteran Mumbai batsman Amol Mazumdar recalled how slaps from Achrekar had made him learn to do namaste in a proper way, treat the Shivaji Park ground as a temple, and never to say no for a match. <p></p> <p></p> Recently, I was doing a Level-I coaching course. During the coaching sessions, I could recollect that Achrekar sir had taught us everything being taught there through presentations. That being in the 70 s and 80 s. He was way ahead of his time as a coach, he said. <p></p> <p></p>In a heart-warming gesture on the occasion, Achrekar s long-time assistant Das Shivalkar was presented with a cheque of Rs 1,25,000. <p></p> <p></p>The Seven Seas Hospital also announced free life-time medical treatment for Achrekar and Shivalkar.