Lad’s name for the Dronacharya, awarded to the best coaches of a sport, was also recommended by the Mumbai Cricket Association.
“I am very grateful to my students like Rohit, Shardul, Siddhesh Lad (his son), Harmeet Singh and others. I have sent a message to Rohit and Shardul for their support. It is thanks to them that I have won this award “I am their Thank you parents for trusting me. I am happy because all the years of my life spent in sports have been rightly rewarded. I am the happiest man today because 32 years ago, in 1990, my guru, my coach Ramakant Achrekar had won this award, and he was the last cricket coach from Mumbai to have won this award. I am only the second person from Mumbai to win the Dronacharya award since then,” a delighted, emotional boy told TOI.
Besides producing Rohit and Shardul, Lad has coached many cricketers who played Mumbai for several years, at Swami Vivekananda School in Borivali where he is still the coach. Lad is also currently the coach of the Mumbai under-14 team.
“I have never coached thinking I would win an award or make money from it. I have been coaching for free for the past three decades – I have never taken money from parents. This award is the greatest reward of my life. I am left speechless,” said.
“If this award can encourage the Maharashtra government to allocate me a bigger ground near my hometown, in Borivali or Kandivali – the ground where I am currently coaching my school children is too small – I would be eternally grateful, Lad insisted. .