New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: On the occasion of Teachers day, Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to childhood coach and mentor Ramakant Achrekar without whom the world would have deprived of the legend.

Tendulkar took to Twitter to share a picture of him with Achrekar and expressed his love and gratitude. He wrote, "Teachers impart not just education but also values. Achrekar Sir taught me to play straight - on the field and in life. I shall always remain grateful to him for his immeasurable contribution in my life. His lessons continue to guide me today."

The former India captain and player has been forever grateful to him and spoken about his role in shaping his life and career.

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"Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar Sir. Like many of his students, I learnt my ABCD of cricket under Sir's guidance. His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on," Tendulkar was quoted as saying by indiatvnews.com.

"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," he added.

Achrekar passed away at the age of 87 in January this year.

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