On the first day of the fourth Test against England on Thursday, the Indian cricket squad donned black armbands as a gesture of respect to well-known player and coach Vasu Paranjpe, who died earlier this week in Mumbai.
“Today, the Indian Cricket Team is wearing black armbands to commemorate Shri Vasudev Paranjpe’s death #TeamIndia,” the BCCI tweeted alongside a photo of the Indian team wearing the black armbands.
Paranjpe, 82, died on August 30 at his home in Matunga, Mumbai, and is survived by his wife and son Jatin, an ex-national selector and former India player. The cricket board has previously expressed its sorrow at Paranjape’s death. Several former Indian cricketers, including Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, had offered heartfelt tributes to Paranjpe, who had served the game in a variety of positions.
With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar paying respect to the late coach, Paranjape is recognised for coaching some of the best players to have come out of Mumbai. “Vasoo sir, as I’ve always called him, was one of the best coaches I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He’s been a big part of my cricketing path since I was a kid, and he’s been a great mentor to me in a lot of ways, “Tendulkar remarked. “He was bright, energetic, and had a fantastic sense of humour. I had paid him a visit a few months earlier, and he was his normal witty self “Tendulkar added.
Despite the fact that Paranjape did not represent India in any sport, he was a well-known mentor and coach in Mumbai.
Shri Paranjape used his management talents to great success, since he was well-versed in technical intricacies. He was a Head Coach of junior cricket camps and was appointed a Director of Coaching by the Board in the 1980s. When the National Cricket Academy was founded in 2000, Paranjape was among the original group of instructors.