Mumbai cricket's Dronacharya coach Vasu Paranjpe passed away on Monday at the age of 82.He is survived by his wife Lalita, two daughters and son Jatin.He had given the name Sunny to former Indian veteran batsman Sunil Gavaskar.Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar condoled his death.Paranjpe was associated with Indian cricket, especially Mumbai cricket, in various roles for six decades.
Vasu Paranjpe worked as a coach, selector, mentor and consultant with the Mumbai team.He scored 785 runs in 29 first-class matches, but these figures do not describe his greatness.His knowledge of the game and the ability to work on the mindset of the players made him special.He was the captain of the Dadar Union team from where stalwarts like Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar emerged.
Not only this, Vasu Paranjpe had told Rahul Dravid at the age of 14 that he would become a strong player in the future and everyone saw what Rahul Dravid did in his career.He was known as the wall of Test cricket and as a captain apart from being a wicketkeeper, he proved that he could handle every responsibility.It was not Parajumpe's prophecy, but a connoisseur's eye, by which he knew everyone.
Sunil Gavaskar wrote in Sunny Days, "His captaincy was as dynamic as his batting and he loved a challenge."The legendary batsman was in a hurry to reach Paranjpe's residence on Monday to bid his last farewell to his mentor.At the same time, Sandeep Patil was out of town, but he looked inconsolable.He told Mid-Day, "It is a huge loss for Mumbai and Indian cricket. Apart from helping me with my cricket (he was my coach at Ruia College), it was Vasu who played a very important role in my marriage to Deepa. It was Vasu who organized a meeting between our two families and I am always very grateful to him. He coached the Nirlon team that I was a part of."
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