Indian cricket – Vasoo Paranjape, mentor to greats like Sunil Gavaskar, dies aged 82


Mumbai legend helped the careers of several players like Vengsarkar, Manjrekar and Rohit Sharma

One of the unsung heroes of Indian cricket, Vasudeo Paranjape, passed away at his residence in Mumbai on Monday after a prolonged illness. Paranjape, popularly known as Vasoo, was three months short of turning 83. He is survived by his son Jatin, a former Mumbai batter, who also played four ODIs and recently co-authored a book about his father titled Cricket Drona.
While Paranjape’s playing career was short – 29 first-class matches for Mumbai and Baroda – he became a household name by mentoring the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Rohit Sharma, helping them reach impressive heights in all forms of cricket. Paranjape’s gift was such that even a few overseas players like former England batter Ed Smith would come to him for advice.

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