‘His contribution to Indian cricket was immense and will never be forgotten’ – Anjum Chopra remembers legendary coach Tarak Sinha | Cricket News

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News of the death of famous cricket coach Tarak Sinha last November at the age of 71 has plunged the entire Indian cricketing fraternity into a state of mourning.
Sinha, who established and ran the very famous and successful Sonnet Cricket Club in Delhi, since 1969, was a father figure to all his wards. The legendary coach honed and honed the raw skills of several players who went on to play for state teams and Indian national teams. People like Surinder Khanna, Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Sharma, Anjum Chopra, Ashish Nehra, Aakash Chopra, Atul Wassan, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant among others were all trained by Sinha.
Over the years, Sinha, who was working at PGDAV College, Delhi University when he started the Sonnet Club, was affectionately nicknamed “Ustaadji” by his students and others.
One of his most famous wards, former India captain, Anjum Chopra was recently a guest on the Times of India’s Sportscast sports podcast and recalled Tarak Sinha’s extraordinary contribution to Indian cricket, echoing to the feeling that Sinha was more than just a coach – he was a tutor, who understood what it takes to manage talented youngsters, who are also in many ways, ordinary kids.
“All the words you used to describe Tarak sir, he was everything – at least to me and I’m sure whether it was Rishabh Pant or Aakash Chopra or Ashish Nehra – he was that. His contribution to me in as a cricketer, to me as a human being to become a complete sportsman his contribution has been immense and it will never be forgotten The other day we were chatting with a group of club cricketers and every word we said, every line we shared had Sir’s name in it. His contribution can never be taken away,” Anjum Chopra said on YOU Sportscast.
Sinha also served as the coach of India’s senior women’s cricket team from 2001 to 2002. At that time, Anjum Chopra had just become the captain of the team. Anjum, who is currently a commentator for IPL 2022, has very fond memories of Sinha from India’s tour of South Africa in 2002 when the Indian team won a unique historic test.
“I was leading the Indian team in South Africa where we won the first round of testing in South Africa. It was in 2002, the first time I became captain. There were a few tactical decisions I had to make. Of course, this was in consultation with the Indian team coach, the late Mr. Tarak Sinha. It was a great team effort. He led from the front, as a leader, being the coach of the team. He gave me all the confidence and leeway to go out there and make those decisions. It worked very well in our favor. The Indian team rarely scored 400 points in a test match and we had hardly won anything abroad, so everything went perfectly and we won. A few moments like these always remain in the memory, in a happy space. Anjum Chopra added YOU Sportscast.
Tarak Sinha has coached cricketers for generations and has touched the lives of many cricketers in one way or another. He received the prestigious Dronacharya award for his years of coaching service in 2018.
“The generations he touched, if we are able to do justice to his legacy and move his legacy forward – the current generation or the next generation that might play sports may not know him as a person. , but our idea is to do such a good job that his work is carried on. The name and the legacy must be passed on. He (Tarak Sinha) was that kind of factor in Indian cricket, he knew how to get the most out of it. of a person. Anjum Chopra added YOU Sportscast
You can listen to the full episode of TOI Sportscast with Anjum Chopra where she talks about her journey, the legacy of Tarak Sinha and the biggest talking points of IPL 2022 here.



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