The Indian cricketing community was jolted on Wednesday evening when Sachin Tendulkar’s childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar passed away at the age of 86 and on Thursday, the Indian cricket team paid tribute to the legendary coach during the Sydney Test against Australia as they walked out for the national anthems.The Indian cricket team is wearing black armbands as a mark of respect to Achrekar, whose family confirmed on Wednesday that he had passed away due to old age-related ailments.His most famous pupil, Sachin Tendulkar, went on to become arguably the greatest batsman in the history of the game.Tendulkar, in a statement, said his late coach’s contribution to his life and career cannot be captured in words.”Cricket in heaven will be enriched with his presence. Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar sir. Like many of his students, I learned my ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance,” Tendulkar said.”His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on. Last month, I met Sir along with some of his students and spent some time together. We shared a laugh as we remembered the old times.”Achrekar sir taught us the virtues of playing straight and living straight. Thank you for making us a part of your life and enriching us with your coaching manual. Well played Sir and may you coach more wherever you are.”As a mark of respect to the demise of Mr.Ramakant Achrekar, the team is wearing black arm bands today. #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/LUJXXE38qradvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019Besides Tendulkar, Achrekar had also coached prominent India players, including Vinod Kambli, Ajit Agarkar, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe and Balwinder Singh Sandhu.In 1990, Achrekar was honoured with the Dronacharya Award for Outstanding coaches in Sports and Games. He was honoured with one of the country’s highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in 2010.In the same year, he was honoured the “Lifetime Achievement” award by the Sports Illustrated by Gary Kirsten.Australia are wearing black armbands today in memory of former AUS and NSW batsman Bill Watson who passed away recently aged 87. pic.twitter.com/BxKE5DG2ZMcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 2, 2019On the other hand, the Australian cricket team are also wearing black armbands for the Sydney Test on Thursday in memory of former Australia and New South Wales batsman Bill Watson, who passed away recently aged 87.As for the playing XIs, India made two changes as opener KL Rahul and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav replace Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma, respectively.Meanwhile, Australia also went with couple of changes with Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh being replaced by Peter Handscomb and Marnus Labuschagne.Also Read | India have dominated Australia ever since the start of Border-Gavaskar TrophyAlso Read | KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav back in playing XI for Sydney Test, make history for IndiaAlso Read | Ramakant Achrekar dies: Cricket in heaven will be enriched with sir’s presence, says Tendulkar
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