Vasudeo Paranjape, a former Mumbai cricketer and renowned coach, breathed last on Monday (August 30), aged 82. He played 29 first-class matches for Mumbai and Baroda from 1956 to 1970 – an era when all the Ranji Trophy titles were shared between the two teams. A right-hand batsman, Vasudeo Paranjape scored 785 runs at an average of 23.78 and picked up 9 wickets.
However, it was his coaching career that earned him immense respect among the cricket fraternity. He mentored and coached several other prominent cricketers from Mumbai, including legendary Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, and current India opener Rohit Sharma. He had worked closely with the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh, and even internationally to Ed Smith.
Vasudeo Paranjape represented the indomitable Dadar Union – one of the strongest sides in Mumbai’s local cricket during his playing days. Later, he went on to coach and manage several national youth teams apart from serving as a coach at the National Cricket Academy.
Jatin Paranjape, his son went on to play 4 ODIs for India and 62 first-class matches; he then served as the national selector.
Ravi Shastri pays tribute to Vasudeo Paranjape:
Former India and Mumbai allrounder and current India head coach Ravi Shastri, who is currently in England with the Test side, paid his tributes to Vasudeo Paranjape, expressing his sadness at the demise of the coach.
“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,” Shastri tweeted.