Tearful adieu to legendary cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President and neighbour Raj Thackeray, Nitin Sardesai, Bharatiya Janata Party Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar, leaders and representatives of several other political parties, cricketing bodies and clubs also visited his house.
A group of young cricket players clad in full field gear lined up on both sides of the road as the funeral cortege made its way to the crematorium. They raised their bats in a symbolic ‘grand salute' to the much-adored teacher.
Thousands, including teary-eyed Tendulkar, walked with the procession.
The Maharashtra government did not accord an anticipated state funeral honour to Achrekar, acknowledged as the 'Bhishmacharya' of Indian cricket with several national and international honours to his credit.
Later, Housing Minister Prakash Mehta told mediapersons he would find out why a state funeral was denied to such "a great personality".