Tarak Sinha, the Indian coach with the most international and first-class cricketers as his disciples, died on Saturday morning after a prolonged illness.

Sinha was 71.

He was a bachelor and is survived by his sister and hundreds of students and well wishers, whose lives became better due to his positive presence.

Sinha was a father figure in Delhi’s famous Sonnet Club, which has produced some of the country’s finest cricketers, who ruled domestic and international cricket.

“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.

“Ustad ji”, as his disciples reverentially referred to him, was not a grassroots level cricket coach. In nearly five decades, he nurtured, groomed and managed raw talent and through his club gave them a platform to perform and wings to fly.

That’s the reason why some of his most distinguished students (they don’t want to be named) were keeping a tab on his health and making necessary arrangements till his last day.

His longtime assistant Devender Sharma, who has actively coached the likes of Rishabh Pant, was by…

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