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PIX: Tearful Tendulkar bids Achrekar Sir final goodbye

Last updated on: January 03, 2019 18:41 IST

The Dronacharya awardee was given a guard of honour by young cricketers on way to the crematorium

Sachin Tendulkar carries the body of coach Ramakant Achrekar to the crematorium in Mumbai on Thursday

IMAGE: Sachin Tendulkar carries the body of coach Ramakant Achrekar to the crematorium in Mumbai on Thursday. Photograph: Sahil Salvi/Rediff.com

Renowned cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who died due to age-related ailments, was cremated in Mumbai on Thursday with his most famous ward Sachin Tendulkar in attendance for a tearful adieu.

 

Archrekar, the childhood coach of Tendulkar, passed away at 87 on Wednesday at his ShivajiPark residence in Dadar (Central Mumbai).

His body was kept at Shivaji Park, where he coached aspiring cricketers, and then taken to a nearby crematorium.

Sachin Tendulkar rides in the truck ferrying coach Ramakant Achrekar's body to the crematorium 

IMAGE: Sachin Tendulkar rides in the truck ferrying coach Ramakant Achrekar's body to the crematorium. Photograph: Sahil Salvi/Rediff.com

When the body was taken outside the ground, young boys, who practice there, gave a guard of honour amid chants of 'Amar Rahe'.

Tendulkar, along with Achrekar's other wards like Vinod Kambli, Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Chandrakant Pandit, took part in the procession to the crematorium, where his body was consigned to flames.

Former India cricketers Pravin Amre, Chandu Pandit, alongside Sachin Tendulkar, pay their final respects to their coach Ramakant Achrekar 

IMAGE: Former India cricketers Pravin Amre, Chandu Pandit, alongside Sachin Tendulkar, pay their final respects to their coach Ramakant Achrekar. Photograph: Sahil Salvi/Rediff.com

Earlier, the body of the Dronacharya and Padma Shri award-winning coach was kept at his residence for people to pay their last respects.

Mumbai cricketers such as Atul Ranade, Amol Mazumdar Ramesh Powar, Paras Mhambrey, Ranji coach Vinayak Samant, Nilesh Kulkarni, Vinod Raghvan, were present along with fans.

Young cricketers give a guard of honour to Ramakant Achrekar at Shivaji Park in Mumbai

IMAGE: Young cricketers give a guard of honour to Ramakant Achrekar at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Photograph: Sahil Salvi/Rediff.com

Former Rajasthan coach Pradeep Sundaram, office-bearers of the Mumbai Cricket Association, veteran cricket administrator Prof Ratnakar Shetty also paid their last respects.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray arrives for the funeral

IMAGE: MNS chief Raj Thackeray arrives for the funeral. Photograph: Sahil Salvi/Rediff.com

Among politicians, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, MLA and BJP leader Ashish Shelar, Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar also paid tributes to the decorated cricket coach.

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