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Tendulkar, Kambli remember late cricket coach Achrekar

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

icon and former batsmen and Thursday fondly recalled the memories of their childhood at a condolence meeting here.

recollected how the revered coach, who died here last week aged 87, asked him to go back to his original low grip after advising him to hold the bat higher and seeing it did not work well.

"I still remember when I started playing cricket, we had just one bat, which belonged to (mybrother) Ajit (Tendulkar). It was a little bigger and my grip was low on the handle.

"Sir observed this for a few days and then took me aside and told me to try and hold the bat a little up,"the batting legend reminisced at the gathering organised by the Shivaji Park Gymkhana.

The 45-year-old former Team said Achrekar's suggestion was meant to convey the message that coaching doesn't always mean making changes.

"Sir observed me play and said it wasn't working because I was not having (the same) control and my shots were not coming off.

"After seeing that I didn't have the same control, Sir told me to forget whatever he had said and asked me to go back to the original grip," said.

"And (with this) Sir gave a big message to not just me and to everybody that coaching doesn't mean making changes. Sometimes it is important not to

"If my grip would have changed then I think I would not have played so long. But Sir had vision on how my game would be better and what suits me," said the legendary batsman, who played 200 Tests in his career spanning 24 years.

Achrekar's adopted son narrated an anecdote on how the departed used recycled balls.

"Sir always used to preserve worn out balls, and had a bag full of such balls, which nobody would have liked to use. However, Sir did what no coach has done even now back then -- recycling of balls.

"We all used to peel off the outer surface of the ball and send the inner portion (small ball) to the factory in (Uttar Pradesh). He used to purchase the recycled balls at half price," recalled Churi.

Kambli remarked that he would take Achrekars legacy forward by coaching students.

and former BCCI felt that presently needs someone like

"There are many dignitaries here discussing Achrekar's contribution to cricket, I'm disturbed because of one thing.

"The current performance of the team can evoke among those who are passionate about it. If we have to change this, then desperately need a coach likeAchrekar," said the veteran

Mumbai have been knocked out of the this season in the league stage and haven't made the quarterfinals.

Among others former Sameer Dighe, former coach Pradeep Sundaram, veteran administrator Prof and Achrekar's kin, including daughter Kalpana Murkar, were present.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 19:21 IST
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