Ramakant Achrekar is a Mumbai based cricket coach, who is responsible for the upbringing of one of the greatest cricketers to have ever played the game, Sachin Tendulkar. Born in Maharashtra, Achrekar quickly found out that he was not cut out for playing the game. He never made it as a first class cricketer and decided to pursue his passion through coaching. In 1964, he began coaching, determined to bring about India’s future heroes, and he has never looked back. Basing his centre at Shivaji Park, his academy went on to produce special talents like Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli. In 1990, he was honoured with the Dronacharya Award for his services to cricket coaching. He was also honoured with Padma Bhushan and Lifetime Achievement award presented to him by then Indian Cricket Coach Gary Kirsten.