Noted cricket coach Tarak Sinha passes away

Noted cricket coach Tarak Sinha passes away
Noted cricket coach Tarak Sinha. Source: IANS

New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Dronacharya Awardee and renowned cricket coach Tarak Sinha died here on Saturday morning after a prolonged illness. He was 71.

 

Sinha, the soul of Sonnet Cricket Club which has given India and Delhi cricket so many gems, was battling lung cancer for a while, and recently, he had a multi-organ failure. He was a bachelor and is survived by his sister and hundreds of students.

"It is with heavy heart we have to share this tragic news of Shri Tarak Sinha, the founder of Sonnet Club, has left us for heavenly abode at 3 am on Saturday after a brave battle with lung cancer for two months," the Sonnet Club said in a statement.

"We want to thank each and everyone who has been by his side in these trying times and prayed for his recovery. We also want to appreciate the efforts put in by the doctors in Jaipur and Delhi who worked tirelessly to revive him.

"He was in good spirits till his last breath, believing he could still get up on his feet. It's a heavy day for all of us at Sonnet Club, the cricket fraternity and most importantly the students who have always seen him as a guardian," it added.

Affectionately known as 'Ustaad ji', Sinha trained cricketers across generations at The Sonnet Club which acted as Delhi's supply line. He identified talent and turned them into international cricketers.

The revered coach has produced cricketers like, Surender Khanna, Randhir Singh, Raman Lamba, Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Sharma, KP Bhaskar, Atul Wassan, Ashish Nehra, Sanjeev Sharma, Aakash Chopra, Shikhar Dhawan, Anjum Chopra and Rishabh Pant.

He was the fifth cricket coach, after Desh Prem Azad, Gurcharan Singh, Ramakant Achrekar and Sunita Sharma, to get the Dronacharya award.

BCCI expresses grief at demise of coach Tarak Sinha
Mumbai, Nov 6 (IANS) The BCCI on Saturday expressed grief at the passing away of Tarak Sinha, the decorated cricket coach and soul of Delhi's Sonnet Cricket Club.

Sinha, 71, who has given India and Delhi cricket so many gems, was battling lung cancer for a while, and recently, he had a multi-organ failure. He was a bachelor and is survived by his sister and hundreds of students.

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India expresses grief at the passing away of renowned and well-respected coach Shri Tarak Sinha. The founder of Sonnet Cricket Club, which produced an assembly line of international and first-class cricketers breathed his last on Saturday," the Indian cricket board said in a statement.

Dronacharya Awardee Sinha had been coaching and nurturing cricketers for over four decades. From Surinder Khanna to Rishabh Pant and Anjum Chopra to Rumeli Dhar, Sinha always insisted on setting higher benchmarks for his pupils.

While he coached the wards, he was also credited for spotting talents at an early age and giving them the right kind of coaching required to shape their careers. Sinha also briefly coached the Indian women's team and worked with the likes of India legends Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. He also enjoyed a successful run as a Ranji Trophy coach.

Tarak was the fifth cricket coach, after Desh Prem Azad, Gurcharan Singh, Ramakant Achrekar and Sunita Sharma, to get the Dronacharya award.