Tarak Sinha, the childhood coach of Pant, Dhawan, and Nehra passes away at 71

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Tarak Sinha, who is also known as ‘Ustad Ji, passed away on Saturday morning after fighting from prolonged disease. Sinha was 71 and such was his devotion to cricket that he never thought of getting married. He was a father figure to many aspiring cricketers of Delhi’s renowned Sonnet cricket Club which has produced some of the finest Indian cricketers. 

Rishabh Pant, Sehwag and others mourn death of noted coach Tarak Sinha | Cricket News - Times of India

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“It is with a heavy heart we have to share this tragic news of Shri Tarak Sinha, the founder of Sonnet Club, who 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.

For five decades, Tarak Sinha nurtured, groomed, and managed the raw talent and through his club gave them a platform to perform and wings to fly. Deservingly, Sinha was conferred with a lifetime Dronacharya Award in 2018.

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Some of his earlier disciples include the likes of Surinder Khanna, Manoj Prabhakar, the late Raman Lamba, Ajay Sharma, Atul Wassan, Sanjiv Sharma all of whom ruled Delhi cricket and also played for India.

The post-90s was the time he gave India some of the best international players, which included Aakash Chopra, women cricketers including former national captain Anjum Chopra, all-rounder Rumeli Dhar along with pacer Ashish Nehra, Shikhar Dhawan. He also helped groom India’s up and rising star Rishabh Pant.

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Cricketers pay their respect to ‘Ustad Ji’ Tarak Sinha

Cricket: Tarak Sinha, Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan's coach dies at the age of 71

Rishabh Pant took to Twitter to pay his respect to his mentor, coach, motivator, biggest critic, and greatest fan.

Pant wrote: “My mentor, coach, motivator, my biggest critic and my greatest fan. You took care of me like your son, I am devastated. You will always be with me whenever I walk out onto the field. My heartfelt condolences & prayers. May your soul rest in peace, Tarak sir.”

Other big names in the cricket fraternity also took to Twitter to pay their respects to one of the greatest servants of Indian cricket.


• Renowned coach Tarak Sinha passes away at 71 due to Lung cancer

• Cricketers pay their respects to Tarak Sinha


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