Former Mumbai cricketer Vasudeo Paranjape passed away on Monday (August 30), aged 82. Paranjape played 29 first-class matches for Mumbai and Baroda.
He scored 785 runs at an average of 23.78 and picked up nine wickets.
“Vasu sir, as I have always known him, was one of the best coaches I have worked with. He has been an integral part of my cricketing journey since childhood and a mentor in many ways. Early in my career, I remember him telling me in Marathi, ‘You watch out for the first 15 minutes and the opposition will watch you for the rest of the day.’ He was knowledgeable, lively and had a great sense of humour. I had visited him a few of months ago and he was his usual humorous self,” Sachin Tendulkar recalled.
“During our under 15 national camp in Indore, the care taker had gone complaining to him (as Coach) about us boys playing with a tennis ball in the night, keenly expecting some support and stringent action. Vasu Sir in his inimitable style reacted, ‘They are kids and will play. Why don’t you also field for them,’ leaving the care taker stumped! He has left us with many memories and moments to smile. I feel that a piece of me has left the world. RIP Vasu Sir.”