Rishabh Pant, Tarak Sinha
Rishabh Pant, Tarak Sinha. Image-Twitter

India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant penned down an emotional post as a tribute for Tarak Sinha, his childhood coach who passed away on Saturday morning after battling lung cancer for the past two months.

Tarak Sinha, 71, the founder of Delhi’s renowned Sonnet Club, has played a significant role in shaping up the careers of cricketers who were part of his club. The club has given Delhi and India several prominent cricketers, including Manoj Prabhakar, KP Bhaskar, Ajay Sharma, Atul Wassan, Aakash Chopra, Anjum Chopra, Rumeli Dhar, Ashish Nehra, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Nitish Rana, and many more.

Tarak Sinha
Rishabh Pant’s Childhood Coach Tarak Sinha. Image-Sportstar

Sinha was conferred with the lifetime Dronacharya Award in 2018.

My mentor, coach, motivator, biggest critic and family: Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant, who is currently in the UAE for the T20 World Cup with the Indian team, took to his social media handles to post a heartfelt message for his former coach.

“My mentor, coach, motivator, biggest critic and family . I don’t even know where to start with this one. I am devastated. you took care of me as your son . You will always be with me whenever I walk out onto the field. My heartfelt condolences and prayers. May your soul rest in peace, I will miss you Tarak sir,” Rishabh Pant wrote in his post.

Sinha has also coached the Indian women’s national team when the likes of Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj were new in the setup.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Twitter)

According to ESPNcricinfo, the coach had taken Pant under his wings when the player moved to Delhi at the age of 12; he’d also arranged for Pant’s education in a Delhi school, from where he gave his 10th and 12th board exams.

“For sir, I have to play Test cricket. In our club, only Test players are called ‘country’ players by sir,” Rishabh Pant had told ESPNcricinfo in 2016.

The left-hander had surely made Sinha proud when he made his Test debut in 2018 and has fixed his place as the premier wicket-keeper batter in the national side across formats.

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