4th Test: India wear black armbands in honour of renowned coach Vasu Paranjape at the Oval

4th Test: The Indian team wore black armbands on the first day of their fourth Test against England in honour of renowned coach Vasu Paranjape, who died on Monday.

4th Test: India wore black armbands while lining up for the national anthem. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Indian players could be seen wearing black armbands while lining up for the national anthem
  • Vasu Paranjape is credited with playing an instrumental role in the careers of great players in Mumbai cricket
  • Paranjape died on Monday aged 82 at his residence in Matunga

The Indian cricket team on Thursday wore black armbands in honour of late cricket coach Vasu Paranjape. Paranjape died on Monday (August 30) aged 82 and is survived by his wife and son Jatin, an ex-national selector and cricketer.

“The Indian Cricket Team is sporting black armbands today to honour the demise of Shri Vasudev Paranjape,” said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a tweet just before start of play on Day 1 of the fourth Test between India and England at the Oval.

Paranjape is credited with mentoring some of the greatest cricketers to have come out of Mumbai with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar paying tribute to the late coach. “Vasoo 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,” Tendulkar said.

“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,” added Tendulkar.

“I just find it hard to say that I won’t be able to see him anymore. The other day, I sent a message to Jatin, “I’m coming to Matunga’s side, can I come and see him? If only he is in the best of health.” Jatin didn’t reply, later we got to know why. He is in a better place. All of us enjoyed his company and his cricket. His life is meant to be cherished, what he taught our generation will remain with us till our last breath. When his body was taken, I just told him: “Goodbye captain, you will be in a better place.” I’m sure he will have a better time up there like we all did here,” Gavaskar said in a column for the Indian Express.

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