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Shishir Hattangadi (blue T-shirt), a former Mumbai Ranji captain, with Vithal Patil. (Photo courtesy: Shishir Hattangadi).

 

Jun 13, 2014

 

Tributes kept pouring in for former Mumbai player and renowned coach Vithal Shivram (VS) Patil when he passed away on June 10. Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has decided to posthumously felicitate the much decorated name in Mumbai’s talent-rich cricketing circles at theWankhede Stadium on Saturday, 14th June.

 

MCA has invited clubs, cricketers and umpires who are affiliated under them up to ” The Longue” at the iconic cricket stadium.

 

Vithal Shivaram (VS) Patil passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86.  He played two First-Class games for Mumbai and was considered as one of the best coaches for Mumbai. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommended Patil’s name for the Dronacharya Award in 2008.

 

Apart from Sunil Gavaskar, he coached Mumbai Ranji captain Shishir Hattangadi, Ravi Shastri, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sanjay Manjrekar. Patil, 86, remained the highest wicket-taker in the Kanga League with 759 wickets. He played in the league for about 40 years.