Decorated cricket coach Tarak Sinha, who is known for churning out generations of Indian cricketers, took his last breathe on Saturday in New Delhi due to cancer at the age of 71. Tarak Sinha was battling lung cancer for a while and he recently had multiple organ failures. Sinha eventually passed away at a New Delhi hospital earlier in the day.
Tarak Sinha was the fifth Indian cricket coach after Desh Prem Azad, Gurcharan Singh, Ramakant Achrekar, and Sunita Sharma to receive the Dronacharya Award. He was conferred with the honor in 2018. Notably, Tarak Sinha, who worked at Sonnet Cricket Club in New Delhi, had worked with cricketers from across generations.
Rishabh Pant, who has established himself as one of the premier batters in world cricket, considered Sinha a father figure and was elated when the coach was conferred with the prestigious Dronacharya Award.
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In a statement after his demise, Sonnet Cricket Club said, “It is with a heavy heart we have to share this tragic news of Shri Tarak Sinha, the founder of the Sonnet Club, has left for his heavenly abode at 3 am on Saturday after a brave battle with lung cancer for two months. He has been the soul of Sonnet Cricket Club which has given India and Delhi cricket so many gems. We want to thank each and everyone who has been by his side in these trying times and prayed for his recovery. “
Players are just numbers for him! He has worked all his life to give exceptional international cricketers to the country! Finally, the wait is over and he has been awarded the much deserved Dronacharya Award! Congratulations Tarak Sinha sir! You're the best.😊😊😊🤗🤗 pic.twitter.com/yDwInRjRY0
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) September 26, 2018
The statement further added, “We also want to appreciate the efforts put in by the doctors in Jaipur and Delhi who worked tirelessly to revive him. Tarak sir’s pride was his students and his support through this period kept him going. He was only thinking about grooming young talent during this battle. Even at the age of 70, he was enthusiastic about getting to the field and working on young cricketers. He was in good spirits till his last breath, believing he could still get up on his feet!”
Tarak Sinha’s celebrated wards include Rishabh Pant, Ashish Nehra, Sanjeev Sharma, Aakash Chopra, Shikhar Dhawan, Anjum Chopra, Surender Khanna, Randhir Singh, Raman Lamba, Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Sharma, K.P. Bhaskar and Atul Wassan.
Here are some of teh reactions from the cricketers:
Feel a lot of pain on the demise of passing away of Ustaad ji #TarakSinha .
He was one of the rare coaches who gave India more than a dozen Test Cricketers & the values he inculcated in his students helped Indian cricket immensely.Condolences to his family and students. Om Shanti pic.twitter.com/cbd089C8Zb
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 6, 2021
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The Coach! Mr.Tarak Sinha. The nursery of Sonnet Cricket club has seen many international and domestic players (men and women) make their mark. The guide, mentor, coach … May you rest in peace sir. 🙏 Thank you 🙏 #MyCoach pic.twitter.com/mZZsMZ7tEf
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) November 6, 2021
— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) November 6, 2021
The story of how Tarak Sinha shaped Indian cricketers https://t.co/vDjE6vwLWy
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) November 6, 2021