Legendary cricket coach of India, Tarak Sinha who ran the Sonnet Cricket Club in Delhi passed away after a battle with cancer. Tarak was 71, and he has worked with Indian cricketers from across generations. He was unmarried and survived by his sister. was battling lung cancer for a while and he recently had multiple organ failures. Sinha breathed his last at a New Delhi hospital on November 6.
Tarak Sinha is renowned for coaching players across generations. He had coached 12 cricketers who had gone on to play international cricket for India and there is a list that includes cricketers such as Surinder Khanna, Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Sharma, Atul Wassan, Ashish Nehra, Sanjeev Sharma, Aakash Chopra, Shikhar Dhawan, Anjum Chopra, and Rishabh Pant. He was popularly known as ‘Ustaad Ji’, where he used to train cricketers at The Sonnet Club which acted as Delhi’s supply line.
After he failed to get selected in Delhi’s junior team for the CK Nayudu Trophy, Sinha founded the Sonnet Cricket Club in 1969. The Board of Control for Cricket in India appointed Sinha the coach of Delhi, and under him, the team won its fourth Ranji title in the 1985-86 season. When Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami were in their debut international seasons, Tarak Sinha was appointed head coach of the national women’s team.
“It is with a heavy heart we have to share this tragic news of Shri Tarak Sinha, the founder of the Sonnet Club, who 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 Indian 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,” said Sonnet Cricket Club in an official statement.
Sinha was conferred with the lifetime Dronacharya award in 2018.