How Ashish Nehra saved his childhood coach from a major embarassment
Cricketers, in this present day and age, are perhaps the busiest professionals around. Travelling from one country to the other, attending press conferences and other off -field events etc really makes it a life unlike any other.
Under such circumstances, it becomes difficult for them to keep a track about everything that is happening in the lives of their dear ones and hence, they tend to not be with them in person at all times, helping them tackle a crisis.
It is only when a player returns back home and meets them that he begins to understand what has been going on in their lives.
One such incident occurred with Indian left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra, who came to the rescue of his coach Tarak Sinha, when he was in deep trouble, over issues concerning his rented house.
The incident, illustrated in Driven- the Virat Kohli Story- talks about how one day Nehra found his coach missing from the Sonnet Club and later found out about how he had been served an eviction notice by the landlord of the house, where he was residing at that stage.
Clearly bothered by the plight of his coach, Nehra did exactly what a pupil would do for his coach for many years- help him get out of trouble and save him from any kind of embarrassment.
Within a week of the notice from the landlord, Nehra gifted Sinha with a new house and ensured that he didn’t have to go through any more trouble in this regard.
Sinha is a well-known coach within the Delhi cricketing circles, having not just coached Nehra, but also played the role in the development and future success of the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Anjum Chopra, Aakash Chopra etc, all of whom went around to represent India at the highest level. Rishabh Pant, who smashed a triple hundred in the Ranji Trophy, is also a product of Sinha.
Popularly known as Ustaadji in the cricketing circles, Sinha has been in the profession for over four decades, having started the Sonnet Cricket Academy in 1969 and continues to strive in his pursuit to produce top-class players.