Today is Teacher’s Day and this is the day people show their teachers how grateful they are for all the learning they have got from them, for shaping up their careers, their lives. In cricketing and sporting terms, teachers are better known as coaches and they play a huge role in the making of a cricketer. Cricketers too have been expressing their gratitude towards their respective coaches on social media this entire day. On this Teachers’s Day, we take a look at 3 Indian coaches who gave us 3 cricketing icons to cherish.
Ramakant Achrekar is probably India’s most loved coach as he gave India one of their most celebrated cricketers – Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Born on 1st January 1932 in Maharshtra, Achrekar started playing cricket since he was 11 but his cricketing career has never been as distinguished as coaching career. He could play only one first class match in 1963 after which he founded Kamath Memorial Cricket Club at Shivaji Park in Mumbai where he trained and prepared cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Pravin Amre with Sachin going on to become his most popular disciple and giving him fame in front of the world.
For his contribution to Indian cricket, Achrekar was awarded with Dronacharya Award in 1990 and then he also received Padma Shri in 2010. Achrekar had the opportunity to attend Sachin’s final Test match and feel proud of what his student went on to achieve. Ufortunately, Ramakant Achrekar died in January last year.
Sharma’s role in Virat Kohli‘s life has been massive and no, we are not talking about his wife Anushka Sharma but his coach Rajkumar Sharma. Rajkumar Sharma is a Dronacharya awardee coach from Delhi who is popular for giving India a player like Virat Kohli. Sharma was born in 1965 in Delhi and used to be an all rounder in his playing days. He played 3 first class matches for Delhi before he decided to groom players instead of becoming one and that’s where he found a young kid named Virat Kohli in his West Delhi Cricket Academy which was found in 1998.
Rajkumar Sharma was awarded with Dronacahrya award in 2016 and then he was appointed as the coach of Malta national cricket team in 2019. Currently he is back to his academy coaching and he is also the bowling coach of Delhi Ranji Team. Kohli, in his tweet acknowledged Sharma’s contribution in his life as a cricketer.
Ashoke Mustafi, one of the noted cricket mentors of Kolkata was the first coach of former India captain Sourav Ganguly. Mustafi was born in 1933, a year later after Archrekar’s birth and played 2 first class matches for Bengal, again one more than what Achrekar played. Mustafi formed Dukhiram Coaching Centre in Kolkata which wa sonce seen as the lighthouse of Bengal cricket as it has given over 20 players who have played for Benngal with Sourav Ganguly being the most prominent one who also captained India, and had quite a successful career for India. Mustafi passed away in June last year but he left the world with a great legacy in the form of his disciple Sourav Ganguly and his achievements.