Former cricketer and well-respected Mumbai Coach Shri Vasudeo Paranjape passed on Tuesday, and the BCCI expressed its condolences. Paranjpe, 82, died on Monday at his home in Matunga, Mumbai. He is survived by his wife as well as son Jatin, a former national selector and India player.
“The BCCI expresses its grief on the passing away of Shri Vasudeo Paranjape, who served the game in various capacities,” the cricket body said in the statement.
“With his excellent grasp of the game, he shaped the careers of several Mumbai and India stalwarts. Equipped with technical nuances, Shri Paranjape used his man-management skills to great effect”.
“He was appointed a Director of Coaching in the ‘80s by the Board and was a Head Coach of camps for junior cricketers. Paranjape was also among the first set of coaches when the National Cricket Academy was inaugurated in 2000,” the BCCI added.
BCCI statement on the passing away of Shri Vasudeo Paranjape.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2021
BCCI President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly said, “I vividly remember my conversations with Vasu Sir. Not only was he a terrific coach with an eye for detail, but he was blessed with an amazing sense of humor.”
“There was never a dull moment as he would regale us with fascinating stories of cricketers, whom we looked up to while growing up”.
I feel that a piece of me has left the world.
Rest in Peace Vasu Sir. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/0ynyJ7LQNu
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 30, 2021
“He has played a stellar role from behind the scenes in nurturing cricketers, who have served Indian Cricket with distinction. My sincere condolences to Jatin and the entire Paranjape family”, added the lefty.
Vasu Paranjape was most known for mentoring players like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Rohit Sharma among many others, in addition to his cricket career. Surprisingly, he was one who handed Gavaskar the name “Sunny.”
Here are few Tweets:
A truly exceptional and invaluable member of the cricket community passes away. RIP Vasu Sir! #VasuParanjape
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 30, 2021
Irreparable loss for Mumbai n Indian cricket. Jatin, Gandhali n the kids my heartfelt condolences. Rest in peace Vasu Sir. It’s a sad day. Everyone who came in contact with him has a story to share, such was his charm. Bye Sir 🥲 pic.twitter.com/eT6JYW3p7z
— Amol Muzumdar (@amolmuzumdar11) August 30, 2021
Really saddened at the demise of Vasoo Sir.
One of the best coaches , mentors I have played under.
Condolences to @jats72 and the family. God bless 🙏🏻
— Dhawal Kulkarni (@dhawal_kulkarni) August 30, 2021
Saddened to hear the passing of Vasu Paranjape. Two years of my formative years at the National camp was a great learning under his tutelage. He will be missed. My condolences to @jats72 and family. 🙏🏽
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 30, 2021
Really sad to hear about Vasoo Paranjape ji. My deepest condolences and may his soul rest in peace. 🙏
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) August 30, 2021
Really saddened at the demise of Vasoo Paranjape. He was an institution in the game with a real positive vibe in whatever he did. Condolences to @jats72 and the family. God bless his soul 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/LlIkaB242Q
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 30, 2021