Tarak Sinha, one of India’s most respected cricket coaches, has died Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Tarak Sinha, the Indian coach with the largest number of international and first-class cricketers as his students, passed away on Saturday morning after a long illness. Sinha was 71 years old.
He was a bachelor, and behind him remained a sister and hundreds of students and benefactors, whose lives became better thanks to his positive presence.
Sinha was the father of the famous Delhi club Sonnet, which produced some of the best cricketers in the country, who ruled domestic and international cricket.
“We have to share this tragic news with heavy hearts that Shri Tarak Sinha, the founder of the Sonnet Club, left us for paradise on Saturday at 3am after a brave battle with lung cancer that lasted two months,” the Sonnet Club said in a statement.
“Ustad ji,” as his students respectfully called him, was not a basic-level cricket coach. For almost five decades, he has nurtured, nurtured and managed raw talent and given them a platform to perform and wings to fly through his club.

That is why some of his most distinguished students (do not want to be named) took care of his health and did the necessary work until his last day.
His longtime assistant Devender Sharma, who actively coached such as Rishabh Pantwas with him.
Just look at the names and you will know why awarding him the Dronachary Lifetime Achievement Award only in 2018 was sacrilege.
His earlier students included cricket from Delhi. Surinder Khanna, Manoj Prabhakar, the late Raman Lamba, Ajay Sharma, Atul Wassan, Sanjiv Sharma, all ruled cricket in Delhi and also played for India.

Then there were domestic heavyweights like KP Bhaskar, the mainstay from the mid-1980s to the early 90s.
After the 90s there was a time when he produced some of his better international players, including Aakash Chopra, women in cricket, including a former national captain Anjum Chopraversatile Rumeli Dhar along with pacer Ashish Nehra, Shikhar Dhawanand probably one of the brightest stars of Indian cricket, Rishabh Pant.
There were a lot of coaches all over India, but very few of them were like Ustad ji who was a real scout of blue talents.
BCCI never used his expertise except once when he appointed him as the selector of the women’s national team. He then worked with a very young bunch of players who had Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj in their ranks.
For Sinha, the Sonnet was a family. His devotion to cricket was so great that he did not even think of marrying.

In his mind it was always about discovering the next best talent and seeing it in Indian colors.
Another aspect of his coaching was that he never allowed any student to ignore his academics.
Any student who would show up for training during the annual exams at school or college would be returned immediately and was not allowed to practice until the exams passed.
Sinha knew that not all of them would become Dhawan, Pant or Nehra and the academics would give them Plan B.
An example of this is Pant, who was accompanied by his mother, and was spotted by Sinha’s assistant Devender, who was then training in Rajasthan.
Sinha told him to keep an eye on the “boyfriend” for a few weeks before he returned.

Panto’s story of his stay in Gurudwara (which he did on several occasions) became a myth, but it was Sinha who organized Panto’s education at the school in Delhi, from where he laid down his 10th and 12th committees.
He also organized rented accommodation where he could stay while following his cricket ambition.
Once during an interview with PTI, Pant’s emotional responses hit.
“Mr. Tarak is not like a father figure. He is my father,” Pant said.
He was extremely proud of what Pant has achieved in his international career so far, but he never wanted to express it.
The second story is about a middle-aged man who arrives in Venky’s nets with his teenage son.
“I’m from Rourkee, Rishabh Panta town. This is my son, please make him a cricketer like Rishabh. He’s very passionate,” the father had such an expectation in his eye that one would think Sinha had some magic wand.
This correspondent remembers Sinha telling his father to come back after two hours and asking the boy to start practicing.
“These parents are ignorant. They don’t even know what kind of talent Rishabh was when he came and what insanely hard work he put in during those early teenage years,” said several reporters standing by him.
His disciples loved him and he reciprocated.
Aakash Chopra had beautiful handwriting, and the scores he kept during academic games were his precious possession.
Similarly, another prominent Indian international (he warned that his name could not be published) once found out that he was leaving his rented accommodation because he bought an apartment.
He did not want his coach to be left without his own home.
Sinha never became a businessman or corporate cricket coach, which is now in vogue, like a rental weapon with various fancy theories of trying to work on a mental setting by locking people in 12×8 rooms with a bucket of water.
He was an old school coach who would give his protégé a firm slap if his head was tilted to the side and the hitter lost his balance while driving.
His students loved him and will remember him with wet eyes and a smile on his face.
Go well, get up.


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