I have read this article in Gulf News Newspaper on December 6, 2011. My squash coach used to do exactly the same thing to me, he made me run 20 laps of court after our stiff training routine, he said Shahzad sahib if you do it, it will built your stamina and mental strength. I used to hate it, I hate it so much that I remember one day, I was dead tired and don’t have strength to do it. So he called a little 9 year old boy from outside the court and told him to count the number of laps he runs. I Alhamdolillah did it.
And today I realize that how important was those runs are, inspite of my severe squash related injuries that I am advised not to play at all, I am still going on. Alhamdolillah, MashaAllah and InshaAllah Taalah.
A great great great advice and wisdom for all the people who are into sports like me, if you want to stretch the limit. You got to put something extra to have it.
“A Little more, A Little more, Come on, Come on” *These words will make you achieve in sports fitness and activity from others*
Dubai: Ramakant Achrekar, the coach who set Sachin Tendulkar on the path to becoming a modern day great, turned 79 on Saturday and a secret which he kept to himself about Tendulkar became public during his birthday celebrations.
During a visit to Dubai to conduct a coaching camp, Achrekar told Gulf News that the secret behind Tendulkar’s success has been his huge hunger for runs. What he didn’t reveal was the time he smote his favourite student to drive home the importance of hard work as he sought to instill that hunger.
This incident, which Achrekar had always kept a secret, was revealed by Tendulkar himself during a function held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association office in Bandra to mark Achrekar’s birthday.
Narrating the incident, Tendulkar said: “After finishing school, I used to hurry to my aunt’s place for lunch. By that time, Sir [Achrekar] used to organise matches for me. He used to tell the opposition that I’d be batting at number four. One day, instead of playing a match, I joined a friend at the Wankhede Stadium to watch the Shardashram English-medium [school] boys take on the Shardashram Marathi-medium boys in the Harris Shield final and cheer our team.”
Achrekar was also at the Wankhede stadium and Tendulkar approached him. “We spotted Sir and went to greet him. He knew I’d missed the match, but he still asked me how I performed in it. I told him I thought that I’d skip the match in order to cheer for our team. I got a tight slap on my face. The tiffin box in my hand flew and all its contents spilled,” Tendulkar said.
Achrekar told a stunned Tendulkar: “You don’t have to be here to cheer others. Play in such a way that others cheer you.”
Tendulkar recalled: “Since that day, I began practising very hard and put in a lot of hours. If not for that day, I might have been cheering others from the stands.”
Tendulkar also recalled how Achrekar never asked him to jog across the Shivaji Park ground before the start of practice, but used to tell him after the training session — when he was totally exhausted — to run in full gear with bat and pads. “Years later, I realised how much that running with the gear helped me.”