Indian players wore black armbands in their final Super12 match of the T20 World Cup against Namibia as a tribute to Tarak Sinha, the legendary Delhi coach who died on November 6 at the age of 71 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Over the course of four decades, Sinha mentored and shaped the careers of countless players, including Surinder Khanna, Sanjeev Sharma, Manoj Prabhakar, the late Raman Lamba, KP Bhaskar, Ajay Sharma, Atul Wassan, Aakash Chopra, Anjum Chopra, Rumeli Dhar, Ashish Nehra, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Nitish Rana, and many

On November 8, the BCCI tweeted, “#TeamIndia is wearing black armbands today to pay tribute to Dronacharya Awardee and internationally renowned coach Shri Tarak Sinha, who sadly died away on Saturday.” Sinha’s sister survives him, as he was unmarried. Shikhar Dhawan, an India and Delhi cricketer, performed his dying rituals, while Ashish Nehra travelled in to attend his coach’s funeral. Sinha, who received the Dronacharya award, coached three generations of Indian cricketers and started the prestigious Sonnet Club in Delhi in 1969.

“It is with heavy hearts that we must share the tragic news that Shri Tarak Sinha, the founder of Sonnet Club, passed away at 3 a.m. on Saturday after a courageous two-month battle with lung cancer,” the Sonnet Cricket Club said in a statement following his death.

“He was the heart and spirit of the Sonnet Cricket Club, which has produced so many diamonds for India and Delhi cricket. We want to express our gratitude to everyone who has stood by his side during this difficult period and prayed for his recovery. We also want to thank the physicians in Jaipur and Delhi for their heroic efforts in trying to resuscitate him. Tarak sir’s pride was his students, and his support kept him going during this period.” During the conflict, he was just worried about developing young potential. He was still eager to get out on the field and work with young cricketers at the age of 70. Until his last breath, he was in excellent spirits, believing he could still rise back on his feet! It’s a difficult day for everyone at Sonnet Club, the cricket community, and, most significantly, the students who have always looked up to him as a protector.”